What to Consider Before Building a New House: 3 Must-Know Tips

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Nov 02, 2023

Building your dream home is an exciting journey, but it can also be a complex one. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or an experienced homeowner looking for a fresh start, there’s a lot to consider before building a new house.

Fortunately, we’re here to simplify this journey for you. In this blog, we’ve condensed the essential pre-considerations for building a new home. Think of it as your roadmap, and in the months to come, we’ll delve even deeper into each step to ensure you’re well-prepared for this exciting adventure.

Consideration #1: Choosing the Right Property Type

The first and most crucial step is deciding what type of property you want to build. There are three common property types to consider:

  1. Stand-Alone Home
  2. Apartment or Townhouse
  3. Off-Plan

Your choice should align with your goals and values. To help you decide, ask yourself these questions:

  • Does this property suit your current lifestyle?
  • Will your lifestyle change in the next 5-10 years?
  • What kind of environment do you want to live in (urban, rural, etc.)?
  • When do you need to move in?
  • How big do you want your home to be?

We’ll dive deeper into the pros and cons of each property type in future blogs.

Consideration #2: Selecting the Right Location

Choosing the perfect location is a critical part of the home-building process. It not only influences your home’s aesthetics but also affects its long-term functionality. Consider these factors when selecting your location:

  1. Size
    • How big do you want your home and land to be?
    • Will the size accommodate the number of people in your home?
  2. Terrain
    • Is the land flat or sloping?
    • Do you want scenic views?
    • Consider the direction of the sun for natural light.
  3. Quality of Ground
    • Get a Geotech report to ensure the ground is suitable for construction.
  4. Utility Connections
    • Consider the ease and cost of connecting power, gas, water, sewage, stormwater, phone, and internet fibre.
    • Evaluate access to waterways and sewage systems.
  5. Neighbourhood
    • Check if the subdivision offers easy access to the city.
    • Assess nearby amenities.

Consideration #3: Securing the Right Council Documentation

The final aspect you should consider in the process of building your dream home is obtaining the correct council documentation, which stands as the ultimate and vital step. These things can change depending on the developer – so it’s crucial you’ve done your homework and know exactly what your developer is including.

This step involves several key components:

  • LIM Report (Land Information Memorandum): A comprehensive LIM report provides valuable insights into the property’s history, potential environmental concerns, and any restrictions. This information is invaluable in making informed decisions about your new home’s location.
  • Property Zoning: Understanding the zoning regulations specific to your property is essential. Zoning laws dictate how the land can be used, ensuring that your envisioned plans align with local regulations and land restrictions. Ultimately, property zoning will further indicate aspects like wind zones and sun orientation to best withstand and maximise the land you are building on.
  • Covenants: Covenants are a crucial but often overlooked part of council and developer documentation. They are legally binding agreements or restrictions that dictate how you can use your land or property. It’s important to thoroughly understand any existing covenants that may impact your building plans.

This is one part of what to consider before building a new house. To make the dream of your Fraemohs home a reality, we encourage you to consult with professionals who specialise in property regulations and development, ensuring that your project not only aligns with your vision but also adheres to all legal and regulatory requirements.

Fraemohs Homes is here to guide you on this journey, offering our expertise and dedication to bring your dream home to life. Keep an eye out for further insights on how to build your ideal residence.

If you’re ready to have a chat, feel free to get in touch through our contact page.

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