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9 Simple Steps to Buying Your Granny Flat

November 20, 2012

Granny Flats are an increasingly popular addition to any suburban or country home, especially when you are looking for extra space or an extra room. Granny flats are a fully self contained home extension that is built on the same block of land that you own. Whilst granny flats are a simple and economical solution if you are looking to downsize there are still some important steps that need to be taken before you purchase one. Read on to find out the 9 Simple Steps to Buying Your Granny Flat

Note: these steps apply to our teenage retreats and workshop sheds also.

Step 1. Design and Pricing

Choosing your design has never been easier with our set drawings. Our trained staff will help you with colours and putting together your dream granny flat, teenage retreat or workshop. At Matt’s Homes we have many different designs available, including, one, two or three bedroom granny flats or custom design your own. 

Step 2. Site Inspection

We will come to your property within the Melbourne Metro area to ensure that the building will fit. We then complete a site plan, ascertain any conditions of the site that may require further attention and costs. We ask that you have your land title and your plan of subdivision (no more than three months old) available, which will give us all of your property information, pertaining to measurement, easement and covenants. You can obtain a copy of the title for a small fee from Landata.

Step 3. Preparatory Agreement

After the site inspection, we will finalise the price, design, colours and all the finer details to meet your personal requirements. A preparatory agreement is drawn and payment in regards to obtaining a building permit will be required at this time.

Step 4. Building Plans and Permits

The plans of your new granny flat, will be drawn up by our draftsman and sent with a building application to our private Building Surveyor. Also at this time we will obtain the 6 star energy rating assessment and advise you of the outcome. If a planning permit is required we can assist you in communicating with the council to help you obtain the required planning permit. Once the Building Surveyor has received all relevant documents and approvals he will then issue the required building permit.

Step 5. Contracts

Once the building permit has been issued, we will prepare the necessary contracts and a 5% deposit will be required on signing of the contracts. We will then commence the necessary ordering and production of your new granny flat. An estimated start date will be given at this time.

Step 6. Installation

Your granny flat will be constructed by one of our professional installation teams overseen by our registered building supervisor.

Step 7. Progress Payments

Once we have commenced construction and we have reached the frame stage, a 40% payment will be required. A further 45% payment will be required at the lock up stage with the final 10% due upon completion of construction (5% of the total cost already paid at the time of signing the contract).

Step 8. Final Inspection

Once you have finalised your connections from the mains services to your granny flat, we will then arrange for our building inspector to do a final inspection. Our Building Surveyor will then issue a Certificate of Final Inspection.

9. Celebration and Enjoyment

After an effortless experience with the staff at Matt’s Homes, you can now kick back, celebrate and enjoy the benefits of your new granny flat, teenage retreat or workshop shed.


At Matt’s Homes and Outdoor Designs, our Granny Flats are fully engineered and certified to exceed all relevant building codes and we provide a complete product and installation warranty. Our experienced staff provide an obligation and hassle free experience throughout all stages of the process including initial design, council approval, installation, and after sales service. At Matt’s Homes, your lifestyle is limited only by your imagination. Call today on 1300 62 88 77 or visit Matt’s Homes to view our product range.

Granny Flat from Matt’s Homes


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