How to choose the right block of land
But selecting the best block of land to accommodate a new house isn’t always as clear-cut as it might seem.
The right block for one person might not be the right block for someone else, so it’s very important to be mindful of a few key considerations as you search for your perfect patch of land.
Here are the key things you need to know before you buy a block.
Get the right advice
The first question you to ask yourself when thinking about buying a block of land in a certain area is, ‘what kind of the house do you want to build?’.
If you want a large family home with room for a study, a media room and an outdoor living space, you will require a larger block.
You should seek out a sale consultant who can talk you through the options available for different block sizes and what will best meet your individual needs.
Consider the fall
There’s no point buying a block simply because it’s cheap.
Sometimes a cheaper block might have a few secrets waiting for you.
If it has too much fall, or fill, you’ll need to pay a lot more money in site costs in order to get the land level and ready to put a house on.
You should allow additional budget for costs including site preparation, demolition, council fees and traffic management expenses.
Suss out your setback
It would be great if home builders could use every inch of their available land, but it’s important to remember that you need to allow for setbacks from the edge of your property.
On the Sunshine Coast setbacks can vary, usually from the road your setback will be about 6m, your back fence as little as 2m and your side can be a zero boundary and also a 1.2m setback.
That said, garages are usually able to be built right up to the edge of a property, so these are all things to consider when selecting land for the type of house you want.
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Research your area
People who have kids should obviously look for schools nearby, while those who need public transport should look for the closest train station.
How far is it? How is the traffic? Is this road very busy?
The dimensions of your block of land will dramatically affect the type of house that you’re able to build.
If you have certain ‘must-haves’, you might need to consider a slightly larger block.
Different house designs fit different blocks. If you have a larger block, you will likely have more choices of houses that will fit on the block.
Before you buy a block it’s important to understand what you want from your home and what will suit the land. Speak to a sales consultant to help ensure you’re able to build the home you want, where you want to.