Whilst in many respects we do live in a ‘free world’, we cannot simply choose any old block of land and plonk our house down there. There are a number of laws and regulations in place that determine the areas where buildings can be safely constructed, and it is important that these are adhered to at all times. If you are interested in building a house, you are probably in the market for a nice block of land to make your home. Fortunately, your new house builder is the ideal person to help you make this decision if you are struggling.
Firstly, you must understand that not all land is created equal – two seemingly identical blocks of flat, green emptiness may actually be vastly different to each other once you start exploring beneath the turf. Any irregularities in the soil, such as loose rocks and sand deposits, can cause all sorts of issues (including sinking and collapsing) for builders who are trying to construct a home. These sorts of costly problems are why it is so important that you thoroughly research the block of land before making an offer.
Secondly, you must understand that not all land is zoned equally either. As a part of your research, you must also make sure that the block of land you are interested in is even legal to build on. Whilst it might seem strange, there are actually numerous parcels of land that builders are not allowed to touch for one reason or another (such as a protected habitat or shared ownership). If you attempt to build in these locations, the council will quickly put a stop to it. You should also check that the land around you has been residentially zoned, as this means that your home won’t be suddenly surrounded by shops and industry.
Once you have established that it is legal to build on a particular block of land and that the ground is stable, your builder can begin helping you make some important considerations. Is there a sewer system nearby or will you have to install your own septic tank? Is there public road access to the area or are you going to have to fly home every night? Are there any bad odors nearby, such as those generated by a farm? The answers to these questions will give you an idea of the living experience you can expect from the block you have chosen.
At the end of the day, it is important to keep in mind that the piece of land you ultimately choose will be the place where you will probably spend the rest of your life. Because this proves to be such a life changing decision, it is important that you take the appropriate steps towards making the right one, which requires in depth research and careful consideration. If you need any help with finding a suitable block of land for your dream home, do not hesitate to contact your new house builder and ask for their advice.
Joe, is working as a Marketing consultant for Evenwedge homes, a modern home builders Melbourne, Australia.