There are a LOT of you looking to buy land right now.
We felt compelled to give you what we’ve learnt with over 40+ homes that we’ve designed and built.
We’ve been done council applications and quotes too many times to count
and this is what we’ve seen makes THE best land purchase:
- Flat-ish is best. It saves having to build up the house to be able to start building. It also saves on the cost to build. If you’re on a slope, it can cost up to $30,000-$50,000+ more to build (time it takes to render and and work at heights)
- Contact Council and see what other developments are due to be done in that area eg. widening of roads, new townhouses, shops etc. These can all have an affect on the value of your land, and what you value (if they’re changing it from rural to commercial zoning, you may not like being next to a mechanic)
- Zoning, boundary requirements, septic rules and other local government restrictions which will affect the building of your home.
Flood (natural waterways), heritage, nature corridors, railway zones, bushfire, escarpment, residential, mining subsistence, environmental protection etc.
Understand what zone you’re in and what you can and can’t do in that zone.
You’ll need a special report from a qualified person to say it’s ok to build on there for some zones.
One client spent over $35,000 in professional’s fees in order to comply to these special codes. Do your research. If the land is cheap, factor in these costs
Ask your realestate agent for the contract. In it will include the zoning and any Planning Certificates they have
- If you’re looking at land near railway lines, major roads you may need a Noise and vibration report by an expert. Possibly even an Electrolysis and Risk Report next to a railway line. These are all additional costs – reports and take time to do and you need Town Planners ($ka ching) that aren’t cheap
- Easements can dictate what you can and can’t do on your land. They say where you can build and may indicate buffer zones as well
eg. Power lines usually have an easement and buffer zone so you can’t build on them
- Covenants means there is a private agreement between land owners where one party will restrict the use of its land in some way for the benefit of another’s land. They could be added onto the title deeds.
They restrict the land, not people.If you’re buying in a housing development area, sometimes the developer puts restrictions on there to ensure you build within a certain timeframe, keep a similar neighbourhood character and may stipulate what the house looks like, how big it is, the colours you can use and so forth to attract the same type of people.
- Unsealed roads – some councils require you to pay to have the road sealed. Check with council about what regulations they have about the road
- Fire zone, nature, check for RTA proposals, historic houses trust
- Bushfire zones can cost you thousands of dollars if you have to build in a BAL40 or BAL Flame zone. Estimates currently are a house in flamezone can cost anything above $120,000 in addition to the normal cost to build your home
- Not too rocky underneath or if solid rock that’s great. Reason being, piering and digging under the ground is something a builder cannot foresee or cost.
- Great views or aspect may be important for resale or valuing your property. Everytime we buy or build a home with views, people gasp in awe. The value of land is increased when you have aspect, views or some other key elements eg. a natural creek
- Facing north to north-east is always a priority. That means the longest side of the house faces north
- Having the views to the north or north-east is also good (but not necessary). Rather than where the views or aspect are to the west or south (then it may not be as solar passive as it could be)
- Services on the property. If you have to hook up to the grid, gas, water, septic, telephone then it costs money to do this. if there are already services there, then you’ll reduce your costs. Sometimes getting a property with an existing property and building next to it may save you thousands of dollars
- Check for power cables, towers and such which may not give you the best resale value
- Ask neighbours the history of the property for any possible problems
- Check that the home will fit in. You may not make too many friends if you’re in the middle of a conservative housing estate and want to build a fully eco home!
- Access, can you get access to where you want to put the house site? This is imperative. How can you get concrete trucks up the driveway otherwise!
- Remote locations can be difficult to get tradespeople out there and can take longer. If you’re doing it all yourself this is not a problem. Transport costs of materials will be higher the more remote you are
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* This is just a guide only, seek professional building advice as we do not know your personal circumstances.