August 30, 2019 2 min read

Tips for choosing the right site for your house

Before buying a stand on which to build your own house (or, for that matter, before buying an existing house), there are many aspects you should consider carefully. Remember, a house will always be a major investment – by far the single biggest investment many people will ever make.

Physical aspects to consider when picking a new site for your house

  • Location
  • Proximity to the neighbours
  • Orientation of the neighbours' living rooms and bedrooms in relation to your site
  • Condition of the boundary walls.  If there are none this also plays a role.
  • Security
  • Accessibility to the site
  • Existing trees, including the positions, sizes, tree roots and amount of shade 
  • Geological issues - this can severely influence the overall cost of your project
  • water - both supply and run-off,

Legal aspects to consider when picking a new site for your house

  • the right to sell,
  • lease,
  • build,
  • mortgage,
  • use,
  • occupy

These rights are tied to the land and therefore benefit successive owners.

Always be sure to consider the following aspects and make your own decision on the ­importance of each aspect:


  • Ascertain what future development is being considered in the area, such as roads and ­industrial development.
  • Determine the location of shopping areas, schools, churches, bus routes, etc.
  • Check the extent of pedestrian traffic and heavy vehicle flow in the vicinity.
  • Investigate the condition of the soil – be careful of dolomite and clay conditions – and the extent and condition of the topsoil.
  • Find out from the local authority about possible restrictions in the town’s Conditions of ­Establishment, the stand’s title deed or the local authority’s Town Planning Scheme (see the section on Statutory information on page 10). Also make sure that the township has been ­proclaimed and serviced by the developer.
  • Is there a pleasant view? Do you need a view?
  • Where is north and how will it influence the living conditions on the stand?
  • If the stand is situated on a slope, what becomes of the storm water from higher
  • lying ­properties?
  • What taxes are payable? What municipal services are available, and what are the costs?
  • What is the size? Can subdivision or a second dwelling or granny flat be accommodated?
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