Building a new home or choosing the right block of land can be one of the most important decisions you will ever make. When selecting where your new home will be built, there are a number of things you should consider to make sure you’re making the right choice.

location

Location is one of the most important factors when choosing the right block of land for your new home. Some of the things you need to consider are: is the block close to schools, shops, parklands and transport? Is it located in a community which is well presented and has the potential for future development and growth?

family

Buy to suit your family and your lifestyle. Are you looking for a low-maintenance property which you can lock-up and leave, or are you looking for a large family home with room to move? This will help you decide your block size and the home you build on it.

structures

Contact the local council for information about existing and future structures, local restrictions, heritage overlays or other circumstances that may limit what you can build. Different councils also have different rules about when you need to notify neighbours about plans to build.

soil

Each block of land has different types of compositions and soils which will determine how reactive the soil is, and how likely it is to move.

size

If you already have a house plan in mind, check the frontage, setbacks, width and depth of the block to make sure you can build your home on the right block.

budget

Market savvy buyers want a manageable mortgage on a home and block of land they can afford. Make sure your financial strategy includes plans for future interest rate rises and life changes, such as starting a family.

titled/untitled

If you’re planning on saving more money towards your home, an untitled ‘off the plan’ lot, may be better for you. If your lot is titled, you can become the legal owner of the land once it’s settled, meaning you can begin the construction of the home.

orientation

Consider the orientation of the block, that is which way does it face? North, south, east or west? This can determine the energy efficiency of your home, making it more comfortable to live in and affordable to run.