If you’re looking at building a home, what’s your first move? Choose the design of your house OR find a block of land?
Or do you make life easy for yourself and choose a house and land package?
Builders, like Blueprint Homes, have a range of house and land packages available in Perth. Each house is expertly selected to suit the shape and size of the block. All you need to think about is where you want to live and what size home you’ll need, i.e. 4x2x2 or 3x2x2.
Now, you probably think that this sounds a little too easy. Buying land and building a house isn’t always a walk in the park. To make sure your house and land venture runs to plan (and budget), we’ve put together this introductory guide.
Why buy a house and land package?
For many people, the idea of spending their weekends looking at blocks of sand is not fun. With a house and land package, you can do all the leg work online. Firstly, you log on to the builder’s website, select the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you want, allocate a budget and select the suburb you’d like to live in. You can then browse the packages available.
You’ll get to see a detailed visual of the house you’re building and an exact cost for your home and land package. The next step is to contact the builder and visit the block so you can make a decision.
The process of buying a house and land package is not only less stressful, you’ll also end up making decisions quicker which will get you into your dream home sooner.
Choosing the right house and land
When you buy a house and land package, much of the (often time-consuming) decisions are made for you by the builder. You could spend months looking at display homes and fall in love with one, only to find out that it’s not suited to the shape of your block.
When you buy a house and land together, your block of land has been expertly assessed and a house specially selected to fit the shape of the block. In other words, you’re getting the best possible home design without even thinking about it.
This will leave you time to consider other important factors, like which suburb you want to live in, where are the closest schools and shops, and what public transport options are available.
Are there any extra costs when buying a house and land package?
No. In fact, when you buy a house and land package in Perth, you get much better financial benefits than if you choose to buy an established home. For instance, stamp duty (transfer duty) is only paid on the land you buy and not the building. This is a significant saving for first-time homeowners or investors.
Also, building a new home means you’ll have brand new fixtures and fittings – so maintenance costs will be pretty much non-existent.
House and land packages also have a fixed price. That way, you know exactly how much you’re paying before you begin.
More questions to ask your builder upfront:
- What is involved in a fixed-price contract?
- Are there any more concessions for first home buyers?
- How much finance will I need to begin?
- What is the average build time from start to moving in?
- Can I customise the design of my home?
Entering the property market, whether it’s your first time or not, is usually a combination of excitement, joy and stress. You’ve still got a life and work to take care of, so if anything can make the process easier, it’s welcomed with open arms.