Four things to Consider when Buying Land

Friday, November 4, 2016 11:51:00 AM Australia/Melbourne


We’ve summarised advice from the NSW Government Family & Community Services on Buying Land into an easy-to-read blog post for your convenience. 

Building processes can be daunting. Before purchasing land, it is important to consider these four aspects. If you choose to build with Bellmarch, we will handle alot of this stuff for you. Over our 21 year history within the building industry, we've learnt a thing or two about taking care of the boring stuff so our clients can focus on the excitement of moving into their new home.

Location and Services

What services do you desire for a pleasent lifestyle?

You should consider the availability of public transport, schools, child care centres, shopping centres, parks, medical services, clubs, community swimming pools and so on.

Try to picture what the suburb will look like in 10 years’ time and consider if this is still the place you want to live.

When buying land, you should consider the costs of connecting and maintaining services, including:

  • water
  • electricity
  • gas
  • broadband
  • telephone
  • sewerage
  • fire control 


Features and Orientation

Can trees in the area remain or will they need to be removed before building?

The cost of removing trees is likely to be expensive and council permission is usually required. Also consider whether any rocks need to be removed.Remember that steep sites tend to increase building costs. The stability of the soil may also need to be checked. The local council may require geo-technical reports and extensive engineering drawings before granting permission to build.If there are any creeks, dams or watercourses on or near the site, you may need to check any restrictions about building. Check if the site is prone to flooding as you may face difficulties obtaining finance and insurance. 

Will the views be built out or blocked out by vegetation in the future?

Use the site’s natural features for maximum energy efficiency. For example, have the main living areas facing north for maximum exposure to the sun.




Can concrete trucks and construction equipment, including bulldozers and bobcats access the site?

If the site is in a new or outlying area, a road may need to be constructed first. You should find out who is responsible for its cost and maintenance.



Boundaries and Restrictions  

If you wish to add a granny flat, or subdivide the property for dual occupancy, have you checked whether this is permitted by the local council?

 A check of any building covenants or restrictions on the title should be undertaken.

Have the actual boundaries of the land measured. A registered surveyor should check and peg these. Also check with the local council about the building boundaries and zoning for the property. Check if there are any easements for services (eg. sewerage, drainage or electricity) on the land. Any covenants that will limit your choice of building material or size of house should also be identified.


Peace of mind can be yours if you get a site inspection done by Bellmarch to determine any cost considerations regarding the building of a new home on your block of land. Arrange this site inspection through our sales consultants on (02) 9114 8888.  
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