Newcastle is a fantastic place and it’s not just us who thinks so – The Australian newspaper certainly agrees! If you’re looking to build a new home in this vibrant city, you can still find land available in the suburbs surrounding the CBD. However, there are some exciting new developments opening up in towns such as Weston, Cliftleigh and Ellalong that are further out from the city, yet still within commuting distance to the centre of Newcastle. What makes these new areas attractive to those looking to build a new home is the opportunity to take advantage of a house and land package.

What exactly is a house and land package?

As the name suggests, a house and land package includes a block of land and the house you’d like to build on it. You have a choice of home designs and a reputable builder such as Valley Homes will make sure you get the best plan for the block.

You’ll also get a turnkey contract, which means that the builder takes responsibility from the design of the home through to its completion. You take over when it’s literally time to ‘turn the key’!

Aside from the convenience, there are 10 reasons house and land packages are a smart investment.

A house and land package sounds attractive – how do I start?

Deciding to build a new home is a huge decision and there are some important considerations before you sign a contract.

1. Find the right suburb

As we mentioned above, house and land packages are often found in areas that aren’t in the heart of the city. Does this suit your needs? For example, you may need to consider access to public transport if you don’t have a car, check out how far away the nearest shops are, and if you have children, research schools and day care centres. A great idea is to have a chat to a few people who live in the area to see what they love about it.

2. Choose the best block

The block of land can affect the type of home you build. While size is obviously important, you also need to consider slope, elevation and aspect. If you love the afternoon sun in winter, make sure you consider the orientation, or if you fancy a view, check out whether the land has the elevation to allow it.

3. Ask the right questions

Choosing a house and land package should make the process of building a new home stress free. However, this is only true if you have the right builder. A reputable builder should be able to answer all your questions and put you at ease. For example, inclusions should be one of the first things you enquire about. You don’t want any surprises. Also ask about the different layouts available. A good builder will be able to offer you a range of floor plans to suit your lifestyle. Then make sure you have a clear idea of construction times.

With many stunning house and land packages available in the Newcastle region, as well as a stellar reputation dating back to 1971, Valley Homes can confidently answer all your questions regarding house and land packages, leaving you reassured that you’re making the right decision. Talk to the team today.