As a first home buyer, there is a long list of things to check off in the initial planning process. Is a house and land package right for me? What kind of house and land package? What suburb should I live in? Do I want to build my own home or buy a built one? Our team can help guide you through this overwhelming list, but we can’t make those decisions for you. This is YOUR dream home, not ours.
If you have decided you want to build and customise your own home, knowing how much land you will need is crucial. This is the home you will be spending many years in or even the rest of your life. You want to make sure you purchase a block big enough to fit all of your must-haves.
First of all, write a list of what you want in your first home. Ask yourself questions like:
- How many bedrooms?
- How many bathrooms?
- How big should my kitchen be?
- Do I want an entertainment room/games room/study?
- Do I want a big backyard, alfresco, pool, etc?
A traditional style home in Australia is generally around 540 – 700m² (Lanser). This can fit roughly four bedrooms and at least two bathrooms, with lots of space for a backyard or courtyard space. On the smaller side of this, blocks of 300 – 525m² are suitable for smaller families who still want room for guests and entertaining, fitting around three to four bedrooms. Anything smaller than this would be a terrace or villa styled block which would focus on a longer but narrower layout. Decide what kind of block you need to accommodate your needs with one of our Property Advisors.
Another factor to consider is where you want to live, as this can have a large effect on the block’s size. Many central suburbs are already developed, so finding a spacious block of land can be challenging. Thinking about whether being close to your neighbours is an issue for you or being surrounded by nature is more important. Many new developments aren’t as green as older suburbs so it may take time. Other blocks may only fit long and narrow styled homes.
There are many factors to discuss when choosing the right block size for your dream home. If you have any questions or want to get started hunting for a block to go along with a house and land package, let’s chat. Call one of our Property Advisors today on (08) 9202 9292 to get moving.