How we can help

Got a development project in mind? It all starts with an honest conversation. At Daly & Shaw, we believe in making the most of your development opportunity. That means understanding the big picture of your project upfront. We’ll work alongside you to design the solution that yields many happy returns, financially, socially and environmentally. 


The Daly & Shaw development process           

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Due diligence

Repurposing land is your chance to create something both new and needed. Making the most of your development opportunity starts with understanding the big picture including the potential risks involved. Without careful prior planning, you can find yourself in a hole so deep that the only way out is to keep spending money.

At Daly & Shaw, we work alongside you, drawing on our vast experience to guide you in the right direction and tease out the big insights that ensure you do it right first, saving you money (and heartbreak) down the track. We can reveal what you’re sitting on before you get in too deep, from checking your lot for any caveats, easements and encumbrances to uncovering that optimal subdivision configuration.

Even if you have plans, we can show you ways to save money that others can’t. You won’t see us menu price, but you will see us be 100% honest and upfront about costing’s so you can develop with confidence.

 

 
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Surveying

If you want to reveal the true value of your block, you need to look at the big picture – repurposing land is your chance to create something both new and needed.

At Daly & Shaw, we’re armed with decades of surveying expertise that we’d love to share with you. We can reveal what you’re sitting on before you get in too deep, from checking your lot for any easements, rocks or hidden fence lines to uncovering that optimal subdivision configuration. If it’s worth it, we’ll peg it.

Let’s have an open chat about your subdivision plans.

 

 
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Council

Each council has its own nuances - we can help you navigate through it all.

At Daly & Shaw, we take it upon ourselves to uncover all those little intricacies that could make or break your development. From helping you unearth any complex council caveats that could pinch your profits, or worse, prevent your project from gaining approvals.

For instance, it’s not uncommon to have to pay development contributions back to the council, even contributions for public art. If your lot is next door to a heritage-listed property, you may have restrictions to build a certain distance away from the boundary. With over 30 years of experience, we know what to look for. And we’ll tell you upfront, so you can get the most out of your project, the first time around.

 

 
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Service Providers

At Daly & Shaw, we take it upon ourselves to uncover all those little intricacies that could make or break your development, from helping you to understand Headworks fees such as Western Power, Water Corp and NBN.

 

 
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Feasibility

A feasibility study is essential for you to work out whether or not a project is viable. Our job is to gleam insights that can make or break your development.

A major part of the feasibility process is taking into account, where the development is taking place and what else is around it. You need to make sure you have purchased (or will purchase) land at the right price, and that the product you are building fits in with what the market wants in that area.

If you get the balance wrong, you’ll pour too much money into the build and won’t get the right return. For instance, a builder might say you can fit seven 3-storey townhouses on your block (which sounds appealing – more dwellings = more profit). But if there’s no demand for high density in the suburb, you are unlikely to sell for the price you want, or at all. Say you spend $350k to $400k per dwelling and sell them for $420k, when you factor in all the other costs (including colours, fixtures, finishes, marketing and the land itself), it’s easy to see it just doesn’t add up. That’s why square metre rates don’t cut it. While the seemingly low price may seem appealing, there’s more than meets the eye. These rates usually start as ‘build only’, which is just your basic shell - no carpets, blinds, wall painting and the like. And that’s where so many developers get caught out.

At Daly + Shaw, we do the maths now so you can reap the rewards later. We won’t provide a misleading square metre rate – we’ll provide an all-inclusive ‘turnkey’ price so you know exactly where the profit potential lies.

Think of us as an open book. If it’s not worth it, you’ll know it upfront. Because Mick and Rob do developments themselves, they can’t help but talk about it. Other builders or brokers won’t even go there. Unfortunately, it's all too easy to be seduced into committing to a project and making your first payment before it all unravels. It’s not your fault – it’s misinformation. Better to know now than get in too deep and be forced into forever spending money to dig your way out of trouble.

The difference is, Daly + Shaw actually care about the builder-developer relationship, both now and in the future. We don’t want to trap you – we want you to remember the experience for all the right reasons. And while we’re more than happy to share our honest thoughts, we also encourage you to get advice from other financial experts like accountants or lawyers to make sure you’re in the right financial position to take on the project.

If it feels right, we’ll give the green light.

 

 
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Budget Estimates

A budget estimate is designed to provide early stage projections on everything required to build your project.

If you approach us with very early plans, we can give you a pretty good idea of what it is going to cost. Using previous projects as a base, we’ll break down your plans to the bare build, enabling us to compare fairly accurately. We then allow for things that differ from site to site such as earthworks, stormwater and landscaping. At feasibility stage, you will have worked out whether your project will be basic, medium or high spec, which will determine you budget for turnkey items like carpets, lights, curtains, window treatments, specialty paints and appliance upgrades.

When all this is considered, we’ll add around 5-10 percent to account for variations (our experience allows us to keep the margins for error tight – other builders cover themselves with up to 25% variation). Then you’ll have what should be a very close and realistic figure from which you can make decisions with confidence.

 

 
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Fixed lump sum contracts

At Daly + Shaw, we’re not interested in luring you in with a basement price before slugging you in variations later. We sometimes lose business over it, but we never lose sleep over it – and that’s what really matters.

We proudly take a no-surprises approach. When we present a contract, that’s the price. It’s all-inclusive - you won’t find out further down the track you need to pay for extras. It’s all in. We’re all in.

So if you’re in the quote comparison stage, we’d love to sit down with you to chat through it all. Remember - a quote alone doesn’t tell the whole story. And quite frankly, it’s hardly surprising that they’re not the easiest to understand.  

The team at Daly + Shaw has the experience to answer all your questions and explain your quote in detail, so you know exactly what you’re getting into, upfront