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What to Consider When Buying a Property

Selecting a property to buy is an important decision which should not be made in haste. Some of the factors which should be considered are listed below:

  • Use a surveyor to verify the site boundary positions and check there are no encroachments between properties.


  • Check if there are any easements over the property that grant access rights to other parties.


  • Arrange for a geotechnical investigation to identify what type of foundation materials exist. Certain ground materials can have a big impact on structural requirements and construction costs.


  • Search availability of services such as water, sewer, gas, electricity, telecommunications including NBN.


  • Consider sun orientation, prevailing breezes, and views from the site.


  • Identify there are no obstructions for site access such as trees, bus shelters etc.


  • Check authority development regulations including permitted uses, flood mapping and transport noise corridors.


  • Visit the property at different times during the day such as peak hour, middle of the day and at night to experience the variable conditions.


  • Talk to the neighbours if possible, to get a locals perspective.


  • Always seek legal advice when purchasing a property.


Consult with Mark Williams Architects prior to buying and

we can help you evaluate the suitability of the property.


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