Choosing the Perfect Spot for your New Home

Choosing the Perfect Spot for your New Home

With demand for housing on

the rise, more and more New

Zealanders are looking at

building new homes. However,

not everyone will know what to

look for when they are looking

at prospective sites for their new

dream home.

There’s more to buying land than

size and sale price. Dig a little

deeper and you’ll find that not all

sections are created equal. What’s

going on below the surface and

down the road will have a marked

influence on the time and cost of

your home’s construction, as well

as its value in the future.

Like most of us, you’re probably

working within a set of parameters

when choosing land—with

minimum and maximum size

requirements, areas you would

prefer to live in, and a budget to

keep you grounded.

These considerations are

important, and can be easily

ascertained on face value. If you

already own land, or have fallen

head over heels for a particular

spot, your builder will able to work

with you to prepare the site for

construction and create the home

design that fits.

If you’re still on the lookout for

land, stretching your sight below

the surface and into the future will

help you keep construction costs

to a minimum and see your home

steadily grow in value.

Identify which services—such

as water, sewage, gas and

power—are already connected

to the site. When considering

sections of similar size and price,

development costs and ease of

access for construction could be

the difference.

It’s important to know if the land

you’re considering can sustain the

home you want. A geo-tech report

will tell you the stability of the soil

and a geographical survey will

reveal the lay of the land.

Find out if the section is subject

to a building covenant—a set

of rules governing the size and

style of home which can be built.

Covenants can be restrictive, but

they also ensure neighbouring

properties are of a similar

standard to your own—and in this

way can maintain the value of

your home over time.

Think about what the area will

look like five or ten years from

now. Many new homes are built

on newly developed land. What

amenities are close by? Are there

shops, hospitals, schools and

public transport? If not now, are

they planned for the future?

People buying land in established

areas have their own set of unique

future implications to consider.

Does the property feature any

protected trees that could one day

encroach on the house?

Choosing a section, like building

a home, is your chance to call

the shots, start from scratch and

make your home a reflection of

who you are and how you want

to live.

The best and easiest way to make

the right choice for you is to invite

your home builder to inspect the

land you’re considering. They

can share their specialist skills

and knowledge to help you find

the right patch of dirt to lay the

foundations of your home and

your future.