Have a block of land already? Ready to start designing and building your dream home? Then read on! In this post, we outline the overall cost to build a house on your own land.
Ideally, your builder should be lined up at this stage, as you’re going to need help in a few crucial areas. If you haven’t lined up a builder yet, it’s a good idea to interview potential builders on-site to get their thoughts on your land and its possibilities.
If you’ve bought a block of land in a rural or semi-rural area at face value, you’ll need to check with the local council to see whether you can build on it. If the land requires rezoning, you’ll need to lodge an application with the council and pay any fees.
In Australia, land is generally zoned under 4 high-level categories: Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Agricultural. Local councils use these zoning categories to manage the pace of development and ensure sustainability. As a general rule, land sold in major residential developments is already approved.
In most residential developments, the developer has already organised the street connections for the water, sewerage, electricity, gas, stormwater and telephone/internet. However, it’s the homeowner’s responsibility to get the utilities connected from the street to the house.
Talk to your builder about the utilities, as you might be able to save money by digging your own trenches. However, qualified tradespeople (organised by your builder) are required by law to do the actual connections. Generally, the cost of these utilities will depend on the distance between your home and the street access points.
If you haven’t bought land in a major residential development, your builder will need to conduct a site survey and soil test prior to construction. Ideally, your soil should have an “M” classification; in other words, be classed as moderately reactive silt or clay. If your soil is given a more extreme classification (H, E or P), it will cost more to stabilise.
Likewise, blocks which are rocky, situated on slopes, difficult to access or in need of tree removal, will cost more to build on. The advantage of buying land in a major residential development is that much of the site preparation has been done. Alternatively, you could consider a house and land package, which takes care of the issue for you.
Once you’ve prepared your site and poured the slab, you’ll then need to build and pay for the actual house. Most builders include the site preparation and slab costs in the total price of the home. Depending on who you talk to, an average-sized brick veneer home (3-4 bedrooms) costs between $150,000 and $500,000 to build – a figure which excludes the land cost.
The ultimate cost of your home will depend on the design, the materials used, and the finish of the home (low, standard or high). Obviously, quality fixtures and materials add to the cost of a home. As a rule of thumb, customised homes are more expensive to build than off-the-plan homes.
A Final Word
Building a new home is inherently complex, time-consuming and costly. At G.J. Gardner Homes, we focus on taking the stress and hassle out of the building process – so you can enjoy the journey. Our unique fixed-price contracts provide transparency, accountability and peace-of-mind. For further information on how G.J. Gardner Homes can make building easier, please contact us for a friendly chat.