Building the North Coast Dream

Building the North Coast Dream

January 16, 2011 at 8:06 AM

The opportunity to create the dream home on some of the amazing amount of quality land for sale on the North Coast is incredible. Frequently clients and Real estate agents have approached us for assistance with buying and selling land on the North Coast. We have been able to help explain the potential the land has and also the dangerous pitfalls associated with buyer land. So here are five top tips to purchasing land on Perth beautiful North coast.

  • Know what you are buying

Looks can be deceptive, have the block of land surveyed before settlement; this clearly identify all boundaries to avoid any possible disputes with neighbours. It also confirms services and area of the block. 

  • Hidden costs in site works

Don’t be fooled into thinking your site costs will be minimal. Blow out of sites works is one of the biggest complains in the building registration board.  Even experts cannot always tell what site works will be until sometimes after you have your plans back from council. Be sure you have allowed sufficient funds to cover site costs, and seek an independent consultant.

  • Unlocking a hidden gem

Don’t discount a block that has sat on the market for a long period of time. It may have some very overwhelming issues. Understanding the potential has proved to be the key the reason our clients created the dream without paying over the top. Remember these blocks sitting on the market aren’t all over priced; they just have some issues to navigate past.

  • Coastal conditions

The North coastal areas can have a massive impact on building cost due to salt and wind conditions. The BCA (Building Codes of Australia) requires additional requirements for building in coastal areas. Some of these requires are sarking to roof cover, stainless steel wire ties, galvanised steel beams and lintels and upgrading of galls and window frames.

  • Sustainable living features

The ideal orientation for a block is to be able to have the living areas and large windows to face north, and to have minimal windows to the east and west and the long axis of the home within 15 degrees east or west of north.  Given the new BCA changes coming in 2011, this is now a very important consideration when purchasing a block of land or even a property for a knockdown rebuild.

Tags: building buying land
Category: Purchasing Land

Tristan Kirkham

Managing Director of New Home Building Brokers

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