Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

How to Decide the Best Place to Put Down Roots; Which Suburb, Which House, Which Land ... There Are Many Questions to Answer before You Buy

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

How to Decide the Best Place to Put Down Roots; Which Suburb, Which House, Which Land ... There Are Many Questions to Answer before You Buy

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Byline: Domain.com.au

LOCATION is one of the most important factors when building a new home.

Where you buy or build will have a huge influence over your ability to meet your existing and future needs - it needs to be a location that works for you and your family.

As you start to focus on a particular suburb, take a drive around to see what the neighbourhood is like. If you see people out and about enjoying the parks together, that is a good sign they probably enjoy living in that area.

Ask yourself:

Does the location suit our lifestyle? Can it accommodate changes over time associated with employment, financial position, health, recreation, family and retirement?

Is it close to work, school and shops? If not, close proximity to public transport will save you money and possibly even the need for a second car.

What type of home do we need? If you know what you want in a new home, that can make it easier to select a block of land. Do you want two-storey or single-storey? Do you want a large yard?

Don't just focus on the size of the land you're buying - the shape of the site is important too. Irregular blocks can offer exciting opportunities to create an impressive home, wide blocks offer the opportunity for impressive street presence and deep blocks offer the opportunity to create fantastic garden spaces. However elongated or angular blocks can create problems without an expert builder or architect on hand.

Blocks with a steep gradient can add high building costs. Sandy and light soils may need reinforcement even over light gradients - and thick clay or rocky soils may incur extra excavation costs.

Visit the local council to investigate the planning controls governing the site including zoning, heritage conservation and building restrictions.

An easement in the backyard, a road-widening order or heritage listing may not affect how you use the block today but could be vitally important to whether you can profitably sell your home in the future. …

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