Is it tailored to a specific type of buyer?
House and land packages are often designed with a certain kind of buyer in mind. Think about what kind of lifestyle you are interested in – would you like to be close to the beach, or the golf course? Are things like playgrounds and kid-friendly grassed areas important for you? What would the travel time be to get to work, family and friends?
Pay attention to infrastructure nearby, particularly things like public transport and schools, and plans for new shopping options and upgrades that could increase the value of the area down the track. The kind of people that the development attracts will affect the overall vibe and atmosphere, so think about who you want your potential new neighbours to be!
What is included in the package can vary greatly, so make sure you ask lots of questions and have a solid understanding of what is included and what extras you will need to budget for. While some builders will include in their house and land packages things like fencing, driveways, landscaping, carpets, clotheslines and garaging, others do not so be clear from the start to avoid any surprises. In saying that, it’s always good to budget conservatively so that any unexpected costs are covered.
Government grants and concessions
In Western Australia there are grants for buying or building a new home, especially for first home buyers. Talk to an expert about what you may be entitled to, to ensure you don’t miss out! Things like tax and stamp duty concessions can make a massive difference to the total amount so make sure to do your research – the state government website is also a good place to get information.
Try before you buy
Where possible always try to walk through one of the homes your prospective builder is building. This will give you a good feel for the quality of the builder’s work but also an idea of the scale and inclusions of your potential home and allow you an opportunity to think about any changes you might like to make, such as the location of power points and which fittings you would like.
In relation to quality, pay attention to details and the overall finish of the home such as painting, carpentry and tiling to check if they are of a high quality. These aspects can sometimes be overlooked when viewing the a new house as a whole, however these finer details will tell you a lot about the quality of the builder and the longevity of the work.
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