How to choose your land

How to Choose a Block of Land

So, you’ve decided to get into the housing market and now it’s time to talk about how to find the best block of land!

Most people consider location, size and shape but there are many other things that if neglected can add costs and time to your build.

Size and shape

When it comes to these above the surface features it is important to imagine the house already being there. For example, location will always be a big factor in your lifestyle. Your stage in life, whether you have kids or not, pets or no pets... all these things effect your priorities and dictate the features that are the most important in your new home.

If you cannot afford your dream area, don’t worry. Often, the suburb next door is slightly cheaper and has most of the same qualities.

The block size will not only effect the size of house and yard you can have, but also elements like garage and storage space or having the option to build outwards or upwards in the future.

The shape of the land is really important because it can assist or restrict your design. If you are considering open plan living your block should be wide and not too narrow to facilitate the lifestyle you are going for.

Is the block of land you are looking at covered with rubble, have any large trees or need anything to be removed from the surface? If so, clearing the land before the build starts can be an expensive process.

Below the surface

If you can find out what type of soil lies below the surface of your block, this information can be very helpful. An interesting thing about soil is that there are different compositions that effect how much it may move, it’s capacity to support the home and so on.

The more movement there is in the soil, the more expensive the build will be, so keep this in mind and find out fast.

Easements are any pipes or cables that run under your land. If these easements belong to a neighbour, telephone or gas company they have a right to access them. So consider this when working out what is underneath the surface of the block of land you are buying, and your builder will need to allow for clear access points.

There are so many things to think about when buying a block of land. That’s why it’s important to get in touch with some experts and get the right sort of help. newhomesguide.com.au is always here to help connect you which the experts and professionals you need.