If you’ve decided to build
a new home (rather than buy an existing one) with G.J Gardner Homes
, you’ll probably need to source a block of land. Finding the right block isn’t always straightforward – size, shape and location are just some of the things you’ll need to consider. In this post, we examine what to look for when buying a block of land.
The real estate mantra - “Location, Location, Location” – is still as relevant today as when it was first used in the 1950s. Ideally, the block you buy
should be close to modern amenities - shops, schools, hospitals, parks, public transport - in a quieter street.
Prior to settling on a particular block, you should check for any flood, bushfire or cyclone risks with the local council. Such risks can impact on insurance premiums and your ability to obtain housing finance
As a general rule, be mindful when purchasing blocks near extensive bushland or waterways.
Size, shape and aspect of block
Your new block obviously needs to accommodate the house you’re planning
to build. A flat, rectangular block that fronts the street and faces north is usually the way to go. Any block with a northerly aspect (provided the house is positioned properly) should reduce
your heating costs in winter and your cooling costs in summer.
It’s worth noting that more “unusual” blocks – such as corner and battle-axe blocks – can sometimes be harder to sell later on. However, “unusual” blocks can have other advantages, such as lower pricing (battle-axe block) and subdivision potential (corner block).
A Sloping block with a good view is hard to resist. Just be aware that sloping blocks
require greater site preparation. In all likelihood, your builder will need to cut into the slope to create a level space for the slab. Your builder
may also need to build retaining walls to stabilise the soil. This process of flattening, levelling and stabilising the ground can be expensive.
If your heart’s set on a sloping block, it’s imperative to get professional building advice
before signing on the dotted line. Likewise, if your block sits at the bottom of a slope or below street level, you’ll need to address potential drainage issues with a building professional.