Once a construction loan has been approved and the construction of the property is underway, lenders will make progress payments throughout the stages of construction.
Generally, the payments will be made at upon completion of five stages:
(1) Slab down or base: This is an amount to help you lay the foundation of your property. It covers the levelling of the ground, as well as the plumbing and waterproofing of your foundation.
(2) Frame stage: This is an amount to help you build the frame of your property. It covers partial brickwork, the roofing, trusses, and windows.
(3) Lockup: This is an amount to help you put up the external walls, and put in windows and doors (hence the term ‘lockup’, to make sure your house is lockable).
(4) Fitout or fixing: This is an amount to help you do the internal fittings and fixtures of your property. It covers plasterboards, the part-installation of cupboards and benches, plumbing, electricity, and gutters.
(5) Completion: This is an amount for the conclusion of contracted items (e.g. builders, equipment), as well as any finishing touches such as plumbing, electricity, and overall cleaning.
As the loan is being progressively drawn down, interest and repayments are calculated based only on the funds used so far. For example, if by the third progressive payment, only $150,000 has been drawn down on a $300,000 loan, interest would only be charged on $150,000.