It’s the Australian dream – a vacant patch of land away from the city that’s yours to chop and change as you see fit.
As flexible work requirements allow more people to work from home, increasing numbers of Australians are trading in city life for a patch of land and a life in the country. Once you’ve found your vacant lot, however, how do you turn it into your dream property? Here are 5 tips to help you along the way.
1) Zoning regulations
Before you sign for ownership on a property, make sure you do your research on the particular zoning laws that come into play within that area. You should be able to find out the land rules for your area by checking out local planning scheme regulations. These will define what the land in your area can be used for, as well as whether or not businesses can legitimately operate within the vicinity.
If you don’t scratch up on these, you could find your quiet country retreat being rudely interrupted by industrial development. Nobody wants that.
In rural Australia, you should also be aware of any pest and weed management requirements you have.
2) Water sources
Are there sufficient water sources at the property? If not, it doesn’t mean it’s game over, but it’ll prove costly getting them installed.
Identifying a water source for your block is essential, as it’ll determine where on the land you build your property. It’ll also help you to factor any plumbing infrastructure into your property budget.
3) Adequate utilities
One of the biggest appeals for moving away to the country is disconnecting from the mainstream a little, but you’re still going to need your basic utilities. It’s up to you what you define these as, but most people would class them as electricity, gas, phone connections and internet.
You should make sure you factor these costs into your budget. If you want to try going off the grid, get in touch with local energy suppliers and ask them about installing solar power panels.
4) Know your ideal type of home
Before setting out on your country venture, you should have a good idea of what type of home you want to build on your vacant block. Although this can be an exciting process, it’s also often quite intense.
When planning your home type, you should think about what you realistically need from the property. Ask yourself how much time you’ll be spending there. Is it going to facilitate a permanent move, or will you just be using the property at weekends?
Investigate the costs of materials for your ideal home type, including transportation charges and factor it into your budget. You should also leave a buffer in case any unexpected charges crop up.
5) Make it secure
You should feel safe in your property, especially if it’s isolated from other people. Regardless of whether you’re only there on weekends or not, you should ensure that your property has adequate security methods to make you feel comfortable.
Speak with some security contractors and see what systems they can install for you to maintain your peace of mind.
More more helpful information about buying a vacant lot of land, speak to your local Ruralco Property specialists, they will only be too happy to help.