Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Brian Ashworth of ANewHouse.com.au
So you have visited the Developers Office and been shown a site plan with some blocks for sale that are the size you want. The next thing is to get a copy of the Title Plan and go and look at the blocks you think may be OK. Here are some things to think about.
1. Find the Boundary Pegs Normally the actual boundary peg will be driven in so the top is at ground level, there is normally a tall peg next to it to help locate it. Once you have found the pegs you know the piece of land you are thinking about buying
2. Manholes Sewers and Drains A lot of blocks have easement for sewers and drains which will restrict how much of the site you can build on. (The Title Plan will show the Easements) If you have a manhole you will also need to think about how this might limit what you can do in the garden.
3. Site Slope A little as a 1m slope from front to back can add $3-4 ,000 to your site cost. A 1m slope from one side to the other can add more. The steeper the slopes the more the builder will charge for site costs
4. Below or Above the Road Where there is a sloping development site some blocks will be above the road and others below. Sites above the road are less likely to flood and can be more private than ones below the road.
5. Effect of Building on Neighbouring Blocks. Shading and blocking views are common problems that can affect your proposed house and garden. If you are keen on building a solar pasive house you can minimise the effect if the block you choose is higher than the one to the north. Obviously if the surrounding blocks are already developed its easier to consider the effects.
6. Road Crossover Many blocks now come with a driveway crossover if this doesn’t suit your design it will cost quite a bit to get it changed.
7. Look Up One thing I didn’t notice on my first visit to my current block was the overhead power cables just outside the block. They aren’t big pylons or anything and the poles are some distance away so its just a single cable. It does however restrict the size of tree we can have in our garden.
You will be very lucky if you get a perfect block so you are probably going to compromise on some of the above points. Good Luck!