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If you’re in the process of getting the ball rolling when it comes to building your dream home on that perfect block of land, there are a few things to consider before you take that life-changing leap. To the inexperienced eye, it can be difficult to differentiate one block from the other. However, there is a lot to think about: from the comfort of the nearby conveniences, council rules and regulations, as well as community, it can be the difference between spending tens of thousands of dollars on additional construction and maintenance costs.

That’s why it’s so important to know what you’re looking for, and to have an experienced and qualified builder on your side. Hotondo Homes is here to help you make the right choices by guiding you through the following considerations before purchasing land:

Community

Choosing a great neighbourhood will have a huge effect on how happy you are in your new home. At the minimum, what qualifies as a ‘great neighbourhood’ is the following:

  • Transport services and infrastructure
  • Education and childcare services
  • Shopping complexes
  • Medical centres
  • Community facilities

If you have your heart set on a block of land but any of the above factors are missing, you should make enquiries about any future building proposals or developments that are planned for the area.

Your life stage

Depending on what stage in your life you’re at, this will have an impact on your land choice. For example, if you and your partner are thinking about having children in the near future, you’ll need to determine whether a block of land that can offer a large yard and multiple bedrooms, as well as a plenty of living space for a family. Conversely, if you’re a young first home buyer or a retiree, you might prefer a low maintenance block with a smaller home design.

Council restrictions (if any)

Before choosing your block of land, you should be aware of any council limitations. For example, some councils have certain restrictions on the materials that can be used on your build, as well as facade designs and fencing.

Availability of utility services

Power, gas, internet, water and sewage: it’s essential that all these types of utility services are available on your chosen block of land. Determine whether these already exist for your area, and if they don’t, it may be a good idea to look into the costs of having them installed. 

Zoning

Is your block of land located in a bushfire or flood zone? These are things you should look into, as it can have an impact on your insurance costs. A reputable home builder who is local to your area will know all about zoning. 

The terrain itself

The size of your chosen block is as important as its shape in relation to the home you want to build on top of it. You’ll also need to consider the slope, as well as the soil type: before any build, you’ll want to ensure that there aren’t any hidden chemicals or physical conditions, like thick clay or rocky soil that may damage the house or delay construction time.

Find a local builder who understands the area in which you need to build

Lastly, the most important factor when choosing a block of land is working with a builder who is local to the area, and has the knowledge to address all your concerns. Local builders will put their personal touch into every project, as they understand that a home is a once-in-a-lifetime investment. Therefore, they’ll genuinely consider your requirements, needs and desires.

Why not start a conversation with a local builder today at Hotondo Homes?

 

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