As new land developments continue to jump in popularity, it’s never been a more exciting time to build a new home.
These new developments and estates showcase a special set of benefits, which often cannot be found in established suburbs and neighbourhoods. In many cases you’ll see more expansive lots with much more open space, integrated parks and recreational areas, and even conveniently located train stations and shopping districts.
While all of these accolades sound exciting to a prospective home builder, there are still several steps you should take before agreeing on a block of land within an estate. A little bit of research ahead of time can give you the insight you need to better understand the type of area you’ll be living in. And this can help you make a decision that you’ll be happy about for years to come.
Below, have a look at several tips to follow while considering land estates where you may build a new home. These tips will help you better understand the development, what’s available around the build site, and whether or not it would be a good fit for you and your family.
GET TO KNOW THE DEVELOPMENT FIRM
Behind every good development and land estate is a business that understands all the requirements that are needed to transform an empty area of land into a thriving neighbourhood. Your job is to ensure that whichever development firm you work with has a track record of achieving this type of objective.
Ask yourself the following questions when determining the trustworthiness of your developer:
- How long has the company been operating for?
- What are the core values and principles that the development firm follows in their projects?
- Has the business completed other developments? What are they like?
- What initiatives has the business taken to help build a community around their developments?
- Are there any incentives for building higher quality, environmentally-friendly or sustainable houses?
The answers to all of these questions can paint a very strong picture about the quality of the development authority behind an area. Make sure to understand the design guidelines they follow within their projects. This will give you direct insight into what to expect once a community has been fully built out.
ASSESS THE LAND ESTATE’S MASTER PLAN
Speaking of the design guidelines, the Master Plan provides a much clearer glimpse into how a neighbourhood will eventually look. This plan shows the overall density of houses across the area. You want to pay particular attention to higher density areas to ensure the traffic, parking, and other considerations have been adequately handled.
Additional factors to look for include recreational elements such as multipurpose trails, parks, sports fields, and other community-centred elements. Having these built into a Master Plan shows a developer’s commitment to creating a true community of residents (rather than just a dense cluster of houses).
GET TO KNOW YOUR INFRASTRUCTURE CONNECTIONS
While it’s nice to have your own “space” in a community, you want to have a connection to other important areas where you live. Learn about how this land estate will inevitably connect with the infrastructure and transportation hubs. Are there plans to make direct connections to installed systems such as buses or trains? Will you have transportation to easily get back and forth from the city if you’re on the outside?
This information is often in the public works department within a state authority’s urban planning department. If you work in the city or plan to visit there frequently, you should understand how this will function once the land estate is fully built and populated.
SPEAK WITH THE LOCALS
The age-old advice of “see for yourself” holds especially true within a land estate development. Take the time to visit the prospective site where you may build your home. Have a look at other homes which have already been built. And don’t be afraid to speak with your potential neighbours to get a direct glimpse into what life is like in the estate.
LOOK AHEAD TO YOUR FUTURE
While this is certainly a challenge for anyone to do, try to foresee what life will be like in this development 10 years from now. Building your dream home is a big investment – both in time and in money. Accordingly, you’ll likely be around for 10, 15, or even 20+ years for many families. That’s why it’s so important to determine how this land estate will serve you and your family during that time.