Do your re­search when buy­ing block

Whitsunday Times - - REAL ESTATE -

IT’S the great Aussie dream – a va­cant block of land away from the city that’s your own pri­vate re­treat.

With more and more Aus­tralians seek­ing a tree change, buy­ing a va­cant block in a re­gional or ru­ral area is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar.

But what do you do once you’ve found the per­fect patch of land, and how do go about cre­at­ing your ru­ral re­treat? Here are five tips to help trans­form your patch of dirt.

Land use

Be­fore you sign on the dot­ted line, do your re­search about sur­round­ing prop­er­ties and the zon­ing that ap­plies.

Lo­cal plan­ning scheme reg­u­la­tions should state the rules for land use on sur­round­ing prop­er­ties and which in­dus­tries can le­git­i­mately op­er­ate “next door”.

It’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand what im­pact that may have on your prop­erty and whether it could po­ten­tially dis­rupt your plans for a quiet re­treat.

You should also be aware of your land man­age­ment re­spon­si­bil­i­ties – such as weed and pest con­trol.


What wa­ter sources are avail­able at the prop­erty? Is the prop­erty con­nected to a town­ship wa­ter sup­ply? Does it have a bore or a dam? Do you need to col­lect rain­wa­ter for use on the prop­erty?

Iden­ti­fy­ing a source of potable wa­ter is es­sen­tial, as it could help de­ter­mine where­abouts on the prop­erty you build your home.


Part of mak­ing the move away from the city is to dis­con­nect a lit­tle, but when it comes to the ba­sics, you’ll still need a source of power.

Make sure you de­ter­mine what the op­tions are for your util­i­ties – elec­tric­ity, gas, in­ter­net and phone con­nec­tions etc – and in­clude con­nec­tion costs in your bud­get.

Hous­ing type

Build­ing a prop­erty is a big, but ex­cit­ing, un­der­tak­ing so it’s im­por­tant to en­sure you’re well pre­pared.

The first step is to en­sure your bud­get can cover the cost of build­ing the home you want. You should in­clude a buf­fer for in­ci­den­tals and take into ac­count that it may be more ex­pen­sive to source and/or de­liver ma­te­ri­als in cer­tain ar­eas.

When plan­ning your home it’s im­por­tant to think about what you’ll be us­ing it for – is it for a per­ma­nent move to the country or are you build­ing a “week­ender”?


It’s im­por­tant to feel safe wher­ever you live, and if your new prop­erty is a lit­tle “off the beaten track” then you should con­sider what type of se­cu­rity you need.

This is es­pe­cially im­por­tant if you don’t in­tend to live there full time.

Take some time to un­der­stand your sur­round­ings and put in place a plan.

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