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Choosing the right block of land is vital to the buying and building process of any home. It will ultimately determine the eventual sale price of the home and it will be crucial to the comfort of the home owners in relation to accessing nearby conveniences.

To the inexperienced eye, it’s often hard to differentiate one block from another. However, complications are often a result of nasties that lurk beneath the soil or the rules and regulations put in place by the local council.

Choosing the right block of land can be the difference between spending tens of thousands of dollars on extra construction and maintenance costs. That’s why it is important that you know what you’re looking for and you have an experienced and qualified builder on your side.

Shape matters
While the size of the block is important, be sure to focus on the shape of the block of land too in relation to the kind of home you’re planning on building. Also consider your need for a back yard and if you have time to maintain it.

Consider slope & soil type
Blocks with a steep gradient that have not been retained can incur high building costs. Sandy and light soils may need reinforcement even over light gradients, and thick clay or rocky soils may incur additional excavation and tipping costs.

Soil testing is an important process in understanding how reactive the soil is and ensuring that there aren’t any hidden chemical or physical conditions on the site that might damage your house or delay construction time.

Look for groundwater
Damp blocks may require additional drainage.

Even the most poorly oriented block can look sunny and elevated when it is vacant. Be sure to get an expert opinion on how your block’s exposure to sun, wind and rain will affect the home you plan to build.

While most blocks in established areas are fully-serviced, you can’t automatically assume that all services are available. Blocks in new estates, in rural and remote areas will often incur additional costs for service connection.

Check out the neighbourhood
Your re-sale and enjoyment are dependent on the neighbourhood you purchase in. Consider things like shops, transport, entertainment and nearby schools when buying a block of land.

Uncover easements & impediments
Check the Land Title Certificate carefully, visit the Council and approach the relevant bodies to discover whether there are encumbrances on your land.

Document everything
Check and recheck the documentation relating to your land purchase. If you are purchasing subject to certain conditions, make sure that all the details are fully recorded in the purchase documents and that you understand exactly what those details mean.

For more information contact one of our builders here.

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