Your Guide to Choosing the Best Block of Land for Building
Planning for your dream home can be a truly exciting time. From home layout and design to square footage, the sky is the limit in determining exactly what you'd like to have in your new house.
Of course, you can't forget about the importance of the actual build location of this new dream house you've been planning. The process may seem fairly straightforward; you need to find a block of land large enough in a location you like. However, there are all sorts of other factors that determine the suitability of a property for a new home construction.
Use this guide to determine the key considerations you should follow while choosing your own block of land for building. These guidelines will help you better understand what to look out for – and ultimately get the right land for your new construction.
Work with the Professionals for the Best Results
First and foremost – don’t go at this process alone. You wouldn’t trust the design and construction of your new home or other building to someone who didn’t know what they were doing. Why wouldn’t you keep the same standards when it comes to the plot of land itself?
Obviously, your first consideration is to understand exactly what sort of house you'd like to build. Once you have the size and scope figured out, you can then work with the professionals to help you find a suitable block of land.
Property sales consultants can show you available land plots that fit your specifications in terms of size, dimensions, location, and more. However, you still have many other factors to consider before making a decision.
Learn Everything You Can About Your Living Area
Where you decide to build is arguably just as important as what you decide to build. Make sure that the block of land you purchase is within an area that has everything you need.
Are you looking for a great school district to raise a family? Would you prefer more acreage a little bit further away from the city? Determine all of these these factors well ahead of time to make the selection process easier for you.
Create a List of Essentials and Non-Essentials in Your Construction
As you probably already understand, the specific dimensions of your block of land will play a critical role in the type of home you can build there. You need to fully understand the precise dimensions you're working with on a block of land. Otherwise, you could run into some major hurdles once it's time for the construction phase.
Depending on the area where you’re building, you may face some compromises in terms of land availability and build capability. What does this mean in relation to your home design? For many people, it could mean having to drastically alter initial plans to create a much different home design.
To help reduce this type of risk, one strategy you can follow is to list all your home essentials and non-essentials. Depending on your exact needs and wants, you can adjust your house design and layout to better match with a block of land. This can help you get the land you need – and the home you want – much more quickly than remaining fully rigid on your house design or layout.
For example, if you’d like a back deck that overlooks a yard, you’ll have to refine your property search for a block of land which can accommodate this. If you can spare this specific feature or alter it (such as reducing a deck’s size or location), you’ll likely have an easier time matching your home design to the land where it will be built.
Mind the Fill and Fall
If you've found a block of land that seems too-good-to-be-true for the price, buyer beware. You may be facing several additional (and expensive) complications under the surface.
When assessing a block of land, ensure that you fully understand the precise fill and fall across the entire plot. The last thing you want to be doing is spending more money to even out your land before it’s suitable to build a new home on.
Don’t Forget About the Setback
Remember, regulations will require a certain amount of setback – or space between your building and your property line – in new building construction. In Victoria, for example, single storey homes need at least 1.2m of setback and two storey homes require a 2m setback. These distances may vary depending on where you build, so check your local requirements ahead of time to be sure.
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Watch Your Hard Work Transform into Your Dream Home
With the right help and professional guidance, all of these factors can be addressed to help you find an ideal block of land. From there, you’ll get to see something truly amazing: the transformation of all your planning and dreaming into a beautiful and stylish home for you and your family.
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