Buying a Block of Land - Tips

Buying land like everything is easy when you know how. Unlike purchasing an existing home there's no construction issues to look at in the building report, and like a new home no façade style to choose and certainly no details like colour scheme, kitchen finish or curtains to slow down the decision-making.

Your choice of land is esssntial to the success of your custom-built home and meeting your thoughts and expectations in design and building budget.

Orientation

This impacts of the design you can build and the energy rating so needs to be considered.

Shape of the block

Don't just focus on the size of the land you're buying - the shape of the site is vitally important too.

Irregular blocks can offer exciting opportunities to create an impressive home, wide blocks offer the opportunity for imposing street-presence and deep blocks offer the opportunity to create fantastic garden spaces.

An expert architect or builder is required to maximise design and building on these blocks.

Consider slope and soil type

Blocks with a steep gradient that have not been retained will incur higher building costs than a flat block.

Sandy and light soils may need reinforcement even over light gradients, and thick clay or rocky soils may incur additional excavation and tipping costs.

Uncover easements and impediments

Check the Land Title Certificate carefully, visit the Council/land developer and approach the relevant bodies to discover whether there are encumbrances on your land.

An easement in the backyard may be a small thing unless it happens to be where you want to put the pool, a road-widening order or heritage listing may not affect how you use the block today but could be vitally important to you in the future.

Document everything

Check and recheck the documentation relating to your land purchase. If you are purchasing subject to certain conditions, make sure that all the details are fully recorded in the purchase documents... and that you understand exactly what those details mean.

Keep a full copy of the paperwork and land contracts you sign with your solicitors.

Get Expert Advice

Contact a partner builder before buying a block of land for a professional no obligation advice.

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