Your dream of building a new house is already one step closer. But those dreams could fall flat if the blocks of land for sale don't stand up to the following tests.
Picking a builder, neighbourhood and a mortgage broker are all important, but choosing the right block of land is equally crucial. To help make sure you don't find yourself in trouble further down the track, don't forget to tick these seven boxes when choosing your block of land.
The positioning of your block can impact your building plans significantly. Perhaps you dream of solar panels, until you realise your 'ideal' block gets very little natural light. Maybe your potential neighbours have built double or triple-story townhouses so you'd need an equally tall house just to get a view (and privacy). Keep these points in mind when you're investigating blocks of land for sale.
There are plenty of horror stories about families who were about to lay the foundation for their house, but found solid rock underneath. Or wanted to do some landscaping, only to have their garden cave in due to unstable soil. Though some might consider it a nuisance, it is always wise to get the soil tested before you decide to buy.
An even block is, understandably, very easy to build upon. On the other hand, a sloped block - while unique - brings with it a set of challenges. Everything from your home's design to its construction may end up being more costly, and take longer to complete, so make sure you consider this when reviewing the blocks of land for sale.
One question you should never forget to ask is: "Are there any covenants?" Your block may have certain restrictions imposed upon it by the local government, meaning that its energy rating, external wall colours, size, and even its driveway position may have to fit specific requirements. If this is the case, make sure you're aware of what they are!
5. Natural disasters
Likewise, you must check to see if your block falls in a flood or bushfire-prone area. You may need to rethink the design of your house, or source appropriate building materials to ensure you and your family's optimum safety.
In new subdivisions and land packages, connections to water, sewerage, gas, and power are generally included with the property. However in some instances, they aren't. If not, getting connected can be very costly, so it pays to know well in advance.
Can you walk to the local school? Are there shops nearby? What about public transport, parks, fitness centres, and entertainment venues? Consider what amenities are most important to you and what suits your lifestyle.
Continue to selecting a great block of land.