House and Land packages can vary widely in their inclusions, but typically they consist of two main components.
The land on which the home will be built and the construction of the home itself.
In this post, we will explore what is generally included in a house and land package.
Location and Size
The package includes the cost of the land. The location is often in a new development area and the size of the lot can vary to suit different budgets and preferences.
Preparation and Development
Before construction begins, the land needs to be prepared. This can include clearing the land, connecting utilities like water, gas, and electricity, and ensuring proper drainage and sewage systems are in place.
Design and Architecture
You typically choose from a range of pre-designed homes that the builder offers. These designs are created to complement the lot size and shape, and they often follow the latest trends in architecture.
Construction and Materials
The price includes the building of the house using standard materials. Upgrades to materials can usually be made at an additional cost.
These include the foundation, walls, roof, windows, and doors of the house.
Basic interior features include walls, flooring, standard electrical fittings, bathroom fixtures, and a kitchen with cabinetry and appliances.
Standard finishes usually consist of a range of tiles, carpets, and paint. Higher-quality finishes are often available at an extra cost.
Fixtures and Fittings Upgrades
The standard package often comes with the option to upgrade various fixtures and fittings, such as taps, lighting fixtures, and door handles.
While appliances are included, depending on your builder you might have the option to upgrade to more advanced or stylish models.
Some packages include basic landscaping, such as laying down lawn and establishing a simple garden. More elaborate landscaping designs are usually available for an extra fee.
Driveways and Pathways
A driveway is typically included, but pathways and additional paving may be optional.
Fencing is often included, and in some estates in Perth is already on the land before building commences.
Air Conditioning and Heating
In some packages, climate control systems are standard, while in others, they may be considered an upgrade.
What's Not Included?
Additional site costs, which can include soil tests, site surveys, and any required site preparation that goes beyond the basics, may not be covered in the standard package.
Council Fees and Permissions
Any local council fees and the cost of obtaining necessary building permits are typically not included.
Utility Connection Fees
While the physical connection of utilities may be covered, the associated fees for connecting services such as internet, pay TV, or a home phone are usually extra.
Furniture and Decor
Furniture and personal decor items are not included in a house and land package.
It’s crucial to understand what’s included and what’s not to avoid unexpected costs.
Discuss with your builder what changes you can make and at what cost.
Warranty and Post-Completion Services
Understand the warranty on your home and what post-completion services the builder offers.
The Bottom Line
A house and land package can take a lot of the guesswork out of building a new home.
However, it's important for buyers to have a clear understanding of what is included in the house and land package they are considering.
By doing so, they can budget appropriately, make informed decisions on upgrades and customisations, and move towards creating their dream home with a clear vision of the outcome.
With this knowledge in hand, the journey to homeownership can be an exciting and rewarding experience.