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Is the site for your new house, the right site?


When you find that piece of land that you know you want your home to be built, you have to step back and think: is this site for my new house, the right site? Because choosing the right piece of land is the most important thing when it comes to building your house.

You start off by thinking about location. It’s the old saying, but it still rings true today. Where is the land located? Are public amenities, like schools, malls, and public transport, close by? Choosing where you want to build your house is the key starting point when it comes to deciding your site.

From there, you have to look at the size, the shape and the slope of the land. If you have a particular style or design in mind, can it be build on that particular site? It’s important here to look at the limitations of the site. Checking the width and length of the site is key to seeing if a house can be build. The slope too has to be considered, as the base of the house has to be altered accordingly with the addition of concrete slabs or stumps.

But maybe before that, check the type of soil that the land has. Every type of block has a mixture of different soils and this affects the building of a house. Check if the land has been used in the past for other sites (construction companies, or farms). Test the soil to see if there is any sort of noxious pesticide residing in the soil. Finally, initiate a “site classification” with the help of a geotechnical engineer to check for “reactive soil”, which is to determine how likely the soil (and therefore the house) will move in relation to moisture.

Once that’s settled, you have to think: where are the easements? These are areas that even though are considered “yours” by your property title, gives someone the right to use the land for the specific services. These can include shared driveways, gas, power and telephone services. You cannot build on these lands – and this companies have the right of law to just proceed and do what they want because their services require them too.

There are a few little things to consider before finalising the deal. See what is being built around you, as you don’t want to find out a construction yard is being built next door in a year or so. Council files should help. So too, consider the privacy of your home and that of your neighbours. Finally, visit your block on different days and times to see how surrounding noise levels affects you.

If all these boxes are ticked, and before you purchase, you best check up with the local council on its regulations and rules. Each council has its own set of R&R that may limit the building of your house. This can include the design of the actual architecture, the size and height of your house, what type of materials you can use and how it will affect surrounding neighbours.

Lastly and this is the final part, begin the search for the right professionals, that can bring your house to life. You’ll need builders, plumbers, electricians and others to build your house. Or you can come to companies like ourselves that can orchestrated the whole project for you, from start to finish!

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