PHOTO: 123RF A bare block of land to build a house on can be fraught with legal wrangling, hidden costs and unexpected issues.
Buying a bare patch of land to build a house on can be fraught with legal wrangling, hidden costs and unexpected issues.
The process can sometimes be even more difficult than buying an already built house as there are far more unknowns, particularly in a new subdivision.
The first thing to do is analyse the neighbourhood and nearby amenities and to investigate the school zones if you have children.
If your little plot of potential paradise is on a hill, you need to be aware of what this means for building costs. Houses on hilltops can also be more susceptible to the elements, particularly high winds.
Will you have a good view or is further development likely to block out a lot of your sun? If your section is in an existing neighbourhood you might want to speak to the neighbours, just as with buying a house.
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