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How to get your sights on the perfect site

Posted on April 9, 2019 in Blog

You may be new to the property game, but you’ve already aced the first step of building your perfect home: find the right builder. We know that because you’re on our website. And to make sure building your first home’s easy-peasy, we’re here to help you with step two as well: choosing the right site.

However, before we get into the nuts and bolts of finding the right site, we should mention that WA Housing Centre offers a huge choice of House & Land packages. So if you want to skip finding a block of land on your own, you can check out some of the amazing ones we’ve already found for you here.

Start with the big picture

One big piece of advice we have for you when choosing a site is to always stay vigilant and don’t allow yourself to get too comfortable (until you move into a the comfortable new home we build for you). We say this because a lot of the following may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised at how often people forget to check off every element, only to regret it later.

Location: Look at its position in relation to school, shops, public transport and amenities (the pub). Remember: don’t just assess it based on what you need and want, think about what the buyers you’ll eventually sell it to (for a tidy profit, of course) are looking for.

Services: Find out how easy it will be to connect your home to utilities like electricity, water, gas, a sewer and telecommunications.

Sun’s Location: Your home’s position in relation to where the sun rises and sets can have a big impact on the temperature and natural light in your home, cutting electricity bills. If you do decide to build with us, we can map the journey the sun makes over a site, to give you an indication of light levels throughout the day.

Future Plans: Investigate the future plans for the area – especially if it’s part of a development. Make sure you don’t get stuck next to a future mega-highway or powerstation.

Get granular

When we say get ‘granular’, we mean it literally: you need to assess the condition of the soil on which you’ll be laying the foundation of the home. As you’ll see, this is where things start getting technical, which is why it would be a good idea to deal with a builder that really understands the detail. We don’t expect you to know all the specifics, so dealing with WA Housing Centre means the hard work is taken away from you.

Soil: Sites with soil that’s partly or entirely clay, silt or peat may require the removal and replacement of these soils with something more suitable for a foundation.

Stability: Unstable soil conditions often necessitate additional concrete and reinforcement for the footings and slabs. This will add $$$ to your project, but if the problem’s not dealt with properly it could result in cracked slabs and walls.

Trees & Shrubs: You need to pay attention to the trees and shrubs around the site, as well as the ones you’re thinking about planting. Certain species can affect the moisture content of the soil or create root systems that lead to cracked slabs.

Site Conditions: Other subsoil factors like the height of the water table and how much rock is contained in the ground, can impact the cost of building and even impede on the layout of your home.

Affect on Adjoining Land: Make sure the work you’re planning on undertaking won’t affect the site drainage or stability of any adjoining properties leading to house damage. You don’t want to get on your neighbours’ bad sides even before you’ve moved in.

Are you Excited?

This may all seem quite overwhelming – and yes, you’re making a serious decision. But at the same time, it’s an exciting decision: you’re choosing your first home. So find somewhere you can’t wait to move.

If you have any further questions, contact us today so we can answer any questions you have on finding the right block.