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A few home truths about building a home and all that surrounds it.

The first homebuyer's guide to finding the right home & land package

12/05/2017


 

In our previous post, we shared a few of our Secrets to finding the best home and land packages.

Today, we’re extending on these tips with information on home and land packages specifically tailored for first home buyers.

With so much first homebuyer’s information floating around, it’s hard to know where to start. But Burbank has helped thousands of first homebuyers build their dream homes, and the journey always starts in the same place – location.

Where do you want to live?

Before you get swept up in floorplans and furnishings, think about where you really want to live.

What locations will be most convenient for your family, and where will you be happiest? How far are you willing to commute to work?

Drive around different neighbourhoods to determine which home and land locations feel like home.

For many first homebuyers, living close to family and friends is a key consideration, so home and land packages in local areas are a great place to start.

 

Infrastructure and amenities

There’s no shortage of choice when it comes to home and land packages, and first home buyers can take their pick from hundreds of modern home designs.

However, the difference between choosing a good home and land package and a greathome and land package is access to infrastructure and amenities.

“Easy access to public transport and social infrastructure like schools, shops and childcare should be on every first homebuyer’s list”, says Burbank managing director Jarrod Sanfilippo.

“Talk to your developer and builder about existing amenities, as well as what’s planned for the future. Many home and land estates start off simple, but often have big plans in place for the first few years”.

“As a general rule, home and land packages with smaller blocks are usually located closest to amenities like shopping centres and parks, while bigger blocks tend to be slightly further out – but there are always exceptions”, he adds.

As a first homebuyer, it’s your job to research the estate to ensure the home and land package you choose fits your needs, both today and tomorrow.

Get to know your neighbours

Even estates in similar locations can have big differences when it comes to lifestyle. When you’re looking at home and land packages, don’t forget to look at the type of people who live in the area.

Some estates may be filled with first homebuyers, family-friendly recreation areas and play equipment for young children, while others might be tailored towards empty nesters or older professionals.

Think about how your family will fit in. The home and land package might be perfect on paper, but you need to make sure the area has the right vibe.

Be mindful of budget

Finally, when looking for your perfect home and land package, always remember your budget.

Whether you’re thinking about location, lot size or home design, your budget should always be at the forefront of your mind.

First homebuyers in particular should be wary of additional charges – like rock removal or site preparation costs – that could significantly impact the price a home.

Burbank offers fixed site costs, so there’s no hidden surprises when it comes to price – but every builder is different. The same goes for things like developer fees and charges, which can vary widely between different estates.

If in doubt, ask your builder. There’s no such thing as too many questions.

Want more first homebuyer information?

For more information of choosing the best location for your new home and land, read our previous post on the Hottest neighbourhoods to buy your first home.

You can also check out our Tips and tricks for first homebuyers post.

Ready to browse Burbank home and land packages?

Burbank partners with the best land developers across Australia to offer a huge range of home and land packages, perfect for first homebuyers.

 

Check out our current house and land packages Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.