If you’re looking to build, you’ve probably seen the phrase “house and land package” extensively used. But did you know that these are actually two separate contracts that you sign? For most house and land packages you see advertised, the builder does not own the land. This means that the block could be sold or change price, but if you don’t like the land you can pick somewhere else.
So let’s take a step back and breakdown exactly what it is and what you need to be aware of before you build.
Choosing a home design you like might sound easy, but it’s important that you pick one that suits you. Move Homes has over 70 homes designs but many of our clients take features of different homes and mix’n’match. It’s like a Frankenstein creation, but our drafting team take these features and make them seamlessly flow. We also add in the extras that make your home truly yours.
- Home design: It can be a standard design, a custom home, or a combination of both.
- Inclusions: These are the specifications that come as standard in your home at no extra cost.
- Variations: Your must-have items such as French doors or recessed ceilings.
- Siteworks: Your builder will have to prepare the land before it can be built on.
There are so many amazing suburbs across Perth that you’ll be able to find somewhere that suits your needs. This can include lots in new land estates or vacant blocks throughout infill suburbs. Aside from the location, there are other factors about a block of land that are important to consider such as the width and slope.
- Land: This will be your very own piece of Perth!
Frequently Asked Questions by First Home Buyers
Some of our clients know that they want a 4 bedroom home with a theatre, but others know what suburb they want to live in. It doesn’t matter which one you start with because Move Homes can help you secure a block or choose a design. But, we can’t finalise your home design until we know your block.
It comes down to your personal preference. Narrow blocks are generally more affordable and are commonly found in either infill suburbs or overlooking parks with the garage at the back. However, square blocks (or “squat blocks”) are increasingly popular as you can still have a wide 15m frontage so you’re not as close to your neighbours.
Siteworks is a fee you pay to your builder to prepare your land so you can build on it. It can include levelling the land, removing vegetation, and ensuring your home meets any bushfire requirements. Your builder should give you a detailed breakdown of your siteworks cost rather than just a rounded figure. Siteworks are pretty important, so check out our blog with more info.
At Move Homes, we try to include as much as possible in your house and land package price. We include the cost of your land, house design, and siteworks. We will also add in your variations (e.g. upgrades) before you sign your contract so you don’t have any nasty surprises.
Sure can! We advertise house and land packages so you can get an idea of what the land and home design look like, as well as price. We encourage you to choose a home design that suits your lifestyle and incorporate the extras that you want. And if the block isn’t what you’re after, we can either find a different block nearby or choose a different suburb that works for you.