How to Choose a Block of Land

How to Choose a Block of Land

land-with-stroud-homes-signBuying land to build your new home on is one of the most important steps in the building process.

This step needs to take some serious consideration as not all blocks are the same and the implications can be unfavorable.

Before you buy, here are some factors to consider so you can make a more informed decision.

What’s available?

To begin with, find out what is available in your ideal location and budget. Some options are land in a new estate, regional acreage or demolishing an existing property – it all depends on your family requirements.

Local amenities

Consider the location and ease of access to services such as:

  • Power, water and sewage
  • Storm water drainage
  • Telephone, gas and broadband internet lines
  • Access to the property, including roads and public transport
  • Education and healthcare facilities
  • Parks and recreational activities
  • Flood levels, heritage listings, bushfire prone areas, and other easements.

Is the block suitable for the type of house you want to build?

building-on-sloping-blockMake sure the block is suitable for the type of house you’re wanting to build. You’ll need to think through size, shape and home placement, orientation to the sun, as well as how high it is above sea level if it’s a flood-prone area.

You may also want to get a geotechnical report to assess the soil type, which will tell you whether the site is suitable for construction. At Stroud Homes we can organize a soil test for you and we offer a free no obligation site inspection to determine the suitability of building one of our designs on your block.

What local regulations apply?

_site-preparationLocal councils and land developers have rules, regulations and guidelines that may affect what and how you build, including where you place the home on the block, what kind of fencing you have, façade design and more.

Be sure to find out what the limitations are before you buy the land. The last thing you want is to have bought a block of land that your desired home can’t be built on due to developer guidelines.

Land conditions

The land condition can affect the price of building and the design of the house that can be built as it affects the amount of preparation (or site works) essential to lay the foundations for the house. The site condition refers to; the soil type, any slope/fall, any trees or rock existing on the block.

stroud-homes-flagsGood luck!

And don’t forget if you need help sourcing available land in the Casey/Cardinia region call Bethany at Stroud Homes Casey on 0411 590 472 or email to [email protected] or have a look at our house and land packages.