How to buy a block of land

Choosing a block of land for your new home can be a little daunting and is a decision that cannot be taken lightly. Many factors, not just price, come in to play and must be considered.

Simply put, some sites are easier to build on than others. However, the easy sites are not always the best option.
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Everyone agrees on one basic fact when buying a home …… location! 

Initial things to consider when buying land are if the block is close to attractions such as beaches, creeks, mountains or parks (views are a bonus) and a suitable distance to your work, shops, schools etc.

Next to keep in mind is the block’s size and orientation. Consider how big the block needs to be. Do you require side access for a boat or trailer? Do you want to put in a pool at some stage?

The direction the block of land faces will affect the design layout. Consider the sun and the prevailing breezes as these factors influence energy usage and will affect your home’s energy costs.

With passive solar design principles the living areas of a home should be located to have a northerly aspect.

Orientation may be superseded if the site has views and whilst the design should be focused on these, other elements should not be ignored.

Overshadowing of neighbouring homes, which may include two storey homes, can impact the advantages of solar passive design.

Any slope will impact on the design and building costs. When buying land with a slope ask for any contour plans that might be available as the fall of the land can be quite deceptive and you will need to be aware of the need for retaining walls if required.

Most new developments come fully serviced but you should always check exactly what is included in the cost of the block and obtain as much land information as possible.

Also check if there are any planning controls, overlays, covenants or zoning and council restrictions such as easements as these can affect what you can and can’t build.

This can be a real sleeper issue and has caught many home owners out. While you can build up to an easement, if the pipes are metres deep then this can add to the cost of your building.

And while we all love a bush setting, most councils have increasingly onerous conditions placed on homes constructed near potential fire risks.

The presence and location of trees on the block is important. The shadowing of a tree and the ability to construct a home without interfering with its canopy or root zone should be investigated before buying land.

While we don’t get involved in land purchases, we’re more than happy to help you in your considerations. A quick phone call or email to us may give you the peace of mind you need to know your decision is a good one.

Experience the Destination Living difference today by contacting Peter Hall on 1300 637 837. ‘