How to Choose a Block of Land in Perth?
One of the best ways to bring your dream home to life is by investing in a block of land and starting from the beginning. Of course, there is land for sale everywhere; so where on earth do you start?
Guidelines for Buying Land To Build On
Here are the key points to consider:
- Size, Shape, Slope & Orientation
- Site & Soil Conditions
- Building Restrictions
You want your house to be in a location that you like and that allows you access to local shops, schools, transport or whatever you need to use regularly. The definition of ‘local’ is different for different people, for some is within walking distance, other’s riding distance, other within public transport distance and so on.
Jump on Google maps to work out proximities to different areas, as that will give you a very accurate idea.
And where possible, consider your work to ensure you don’t have a long and tedious commute every morning. Of course, we don’t tend to work at the same place for decades, so it might not be relevant in 5 years’ time, but it should have some bearing on the location you choose.
Size, Shape, Slope & Orientation
Always consider what the plot of land looks like before you commit to buying it. The great thing about purchasing land is that there are lots of different areas to choose from and options you can explore. However, not everywhere will be suitable for your dream home.
Some plots of land may not be big enough for the large house you desire, while others will not be the shape you need for your design. In particular, you’ll find that inner city areas have more limited sizes and shapes of land than those in outer suburbs and rural areas.
The slope of the land can also affect the style of house you prefer and even your budget. You need to be aware of the advantages and constraints of sloping blocks before signing any purchase agreements.
And don’t forget that a north facing orientation is ideal for solar power options, gardening and natural lighting within homes. That said, a great design and excellent builder can bring the best out of any block orientation. Here are some tips on choosing the best house plan for you.
If you are undecided and need advice, one of our team can always help you explore the plots of land on offer to provide you with some feedback.
Site & Soil Conditions
During the construction, often all we can think about is our dream home at the end of it. But it will take longer and be harder to reach this goal if you don’t choose the right plot of land to begin with.
What we mean is that the condition of the land you choose will have a direct effect on the construction process, as well as the price of your new house. It’s very important to inspect the soil on the land in order to determine how stable it is and what’s underneath. Rocky outcrops, unstable ground or high clay content mean more earthworks and possibly pilings to ensure your house is secure.
Knowing the history of a block of land is also important to determine if there’s potentially any hazardous waste or materials in the ground.
Check with the council as a starting point. Areas that used to be orchards or refuse sites can sometimes create surprises when site works starts. There are even areas that used to be old armament sites, which require you to sign relevant documentation when you buy in relation to explosives. Whilst these risks are very low, it is worthwhile knowing beforehand.
Just like you would check the condition of a home you are buying, you should do the same for a plot of land.
Unfortunately, not every block of land will give you free rein to do what you want when it comes to building. Before you commit to a plot of land, check what the building limits are with the different authorities in the area to make sure your vision can come to life, in particular the building envelope in more rural areas.
There could be restrictions on the materials and style of the house, as well as where you can build on that land. If your home falls within a flight path for airplanes or is within proximity to an airport, you will typically have certain restrictions in roof colours. Check your zoning and R code’s too, all information which is freely available from the local shire, and see what impact that has on the design.
Certain blocks may have easements or certain service restrictions, also worth checking with a free dial before dig check. Building restrictions are usually easy enough to work around, but can be very frustrating if they are only discovered after the design stage, so definitely worth investigating!
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