If you were planning on building a new home or renovating an existing home any time over the past year or so, you’re likely familiar with the Homebuilder grant. The grant provides eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) $25,000 towards the cost of building or buying a new home or substantially renovating an existing home. The application process is now closed, but the construction commencement requirement has been extended for all contracts signed between 4 June 2020 to 31 March 2021, from six months to 18 months. This is great news as the construction industry is experiencing a shortage of many materials, such as timber and steel.
What can the Homebuilder Grant do for you?
- For those who are building a new home in a non-sewered area, Ri-Industries can provide either a soakage system septic tank or an aerobic waste water treatment system such as the EP10. Funds from the Homebuilder grant can be used for this expense.
- The Homebuilder Grant can also be used for home renovations such as adding additional bedrooms and/or bathrooms to accommodate more people. When adding more people living in the home or increasing the use of water in the home and you already have a septic tank, it’s a good idea to see if the current septic system is large enough to handle the increased use. If not, it’s time to upgrade the system to a bigger unit or possibly move away from the old soakage system septic tank to an aerobic septic tank, and take advantage of recycling your waste water at the same time.
It’s been a stressful year to say the least and you deserve some upgrades in your life. If you’ve already applied for the Homebuilder grant and are planning the build of your new home or the renovation of your existing home, be sure to consider your septic system needs. The experts at Ri-Industries will be happy to help you choose the best solution for your home.