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21/04/2021

What to look for when buying land to build a house

What to look for when buying land to build a house

As with buying a house, when buying land, you need to do your research to ensure you can build the home of your dreams.

Clyde North house and land packages are a popular option for homebuyers looking to find a piece of land to build, without having to move too far outside of Melbourne.

Here are some important factors to consider when buying land to build your future home.

Location

If you’re buying land to build your dream home, you want to make sure you buy in an area you want to live in for the next few years.

You want to be near all the amenities you’ll need, such as shops, cafes, schools, public transport, parks and medical facilities.

Consider the proximity of other structures, such as neighbouring homes, commercial or apartment buildings that may impact your views and busy roads to determine how quiet and peaceful the area might be. 

As well as what already exists in the area, find out about planned future developments. If you’re considering land in a new area, there may not yet be the necessary amenities but they could be planned for the future as the area grows.

When considering Clyde North house and land packages, look at surrounding homes. This may give you an idea of the type of home design that will suit the area.

Size and shape of the land

Clyde North house and land packages come in a range of shapes and sizes, and choosing the right one will depend on the floor plan of your future home.

You may not have decided on the finished design of your home when buying the land, but you should consider your family needs. If you have a big family or are planning to have a big family you want to ensure you buy a block of land big enough to accommodate that. If you’re just buying a house for a couple, a smaller piece of land may be ideal.

Think about how many rooms your home will have, if you want a large backyard, or room to expand in the future. You need to buy land that will accommodate your home design requirements.

The shape of the block will impact your home design. If you buy a long narrow block of land, the house you build will have to be designed to suit.

Also, consider the terrain, and whether you will need to level it or work around sloped land. Are there any trees or rocks that will need to be removed? These factors will add to your overall costs.

Visit Berwick Waters display homes to get ideas for design elements you’d like in your own home, this can then help you determine the type of land best suited to your future house.

Orientation

Something often overlooked when buying land, the orientation is an important factor to consider.

The direction the sun rises and sets on your land may impact the design features of the house, or the layout and positioning of rooms to take advantage of natural sunlight.

Taking into account the orientation of the land could help you build a more energy-efficient home.

A north-facing home will receive a good amount of natural light during the winter to help your home stay warm while being protected from excessive heat during summer. This could potentially help you save on your energy bills.

Restrictions

Before buying a block of land, investigate whether there are any building restrictions or guidelines on the land that will impact the type of house you can build. 

This may include factors such as house size, building material, privacy measures or landscaping choices.

Being aware of any restrictions or building guidelines before you buy the land will help you determine whether it will suit your needs and the home design you have in mind.

If you’ve already researched building restrictions in the area you’re looking to buy, when viewing Berwick Waters display homes you can enquire about the different materials used and what will work for your home design.

Utilities

Utilities are an important consideration when buying land. Be aware of the availability of utility services such as water, electricity, gas, internet, phone lines and sewage to your block of land.

If they aren’t already in place, you will need to find how much they will cost to install and factor this into your budget. If buying land in a more rural area, you may be further from these utilities and it can make them more expensive, as you may need to install infrastructure to connect your house to major utilities.

You may also want to find out what companies connect your electricity, gas and water, how much they cost, and if any other companies could provide a better deal.

If you work from home, good internet may be a high priority for you, so inquire about the speed of the internet in the area you’re looking to buy, as this can differ for various suburbs. 

Clyde North house and land packages offer a great opportunity for buyers to find the perfect block of land to build the dream home.