Choosing a block of land to build your dream home on? Not sure where to start or what to look out for? The following 5 tips will help you get started.
Land developer guidelines
Before choosing a block of land to build your new home on, check with the land developer if they have any particular guidelines for homes that are built in their development. Some have specific rules in regards to colours and materials that you can use for your house design, finding these out first will avoid disappointment later.
You want the location of your new home to suit your own family and lifestyle. Think about what you want to be reasonably close to:
- Do you want to live near to your kids’ school or your work?
- What amenities would you like to be in close proximity to?
- Consider how far the block is from hospitals, shopping centres and public transport.
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Lots of people forget this important detail when buying land, always consider the orientation of your block. Having a northern orientation helps greatly with energy efficiency, warmth and light. You can save a lot of money in the long run if you make sure your home is facing the right way to make full use of the sun.
To ensure you don’t end up with extra costs, check if your lot is in a coastal zone, bushfire zone, or a noise zone. If you aren’t sure, your builder will be able to help you. It can be a bit of a shock if you are all ready to build and then find out that you will be up for thousands of more dollars.
Slope, trees and rocks
Don’t just choose a block of land based on location, size, or shape. Always check what the terrain of the block is like, any extra work needed to get the block ready for your new home can be more costly. If the block you are looking at is steep, or needs rocks and trees removed, check with your builder what extra costs may be involved before you buy.
Doing your research upfront is the best way to make an informed decision about which block is right for you. Ask questions and make sure you fully understand what you are getting into before you buy your land.
Talk to the friendly team at Momu if you need help finding the right block of land for your needs.