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Construction 101
How to purchase land

There’s a lot to consider when you are looking to purchase your perfect block of land. Let the team at Dacland help you to get your head around the process with our step-by-step guide.

Step one
Do your research! Find a community that you want to live in. It’s important to consider what elements of a community will support the lifestyle that you want. The size, orientation and location of the particular block are important but your surrounding neighbourhood is also important to consider. Desktop research is great, but getting out and exploring the community is the best way to get a feel for what it might be like to live there.

Step two
Place an enquiry with your community sales representative. Make sure to ask plenty of questions about the vision for the community and what it has to offer you. If the perfect block for you isn’t available straight away, you can join a mailing list. When new land is released or becomes available for purchase the sales representative will contact you. When enquiring about land, it’s important to ask what the expected title timeframe is. This can vary from immediately to up to 18 months away. This information is valuable in determining when you can start building your home. Remember, the communicated timing is usually estimated. Allow some fat in your own schedule to cater for any potential delays.

Step three
Secure finance approval and place a deposit on your block of land. At this point you will need to select a conveyancer to represent you. A conveyancer can help you review contracts before you sign on the dotted line. Be sure to go through the contracts and understand what you are signing up to. Whilst most clauses will be standard, it is important to understand the contract that you and the developer are bound by.

Step Four
Stage works begin! Your developer will begin clearing the land, before progressing to the construction of services and roads. Depending on the estimated commencement date for your stage works, your developer may have already begun at the time for purchase, or it may be a few months away. Want to know more? Check out our construction 101 video.

Step Five
Whilst waiting for stage works to be completed. It’s a good time to start meeting with builders to plan your future home. Your builder will often need to submit plans to the developer for review against the community design guidelines. This is something that can be done whilst your block is still being constructed.

Step Six
Upon completion of works for the stage, Council and a number of authorities must inspect the works and give approval. It is at this point that you will need to communicate with your conveyancer and financier to ensure they are prepared for settlement. Once all approvals have been collected the stage is lodged at the titles office for registration. As soon as the stage is registered settlement of your block can be arranged.

Step Seven
After you’ve received your design approval and settlement has occurred, you may then begin building your new home.



Envirodevelopment, what does it mean?

The Villages of Rothwell in Tarneit and Lochaven in Cranbourne West were recently accredited as envirodevelopment communities by the UDIA, achieving all six sustainability leaves.

Envirodevelopment is a scientifically based assessment scheme that independently reviews and awards certifications to development projects that achieve outstanding performance across six sustainability elements- ecosystem, water, energy, materials, water and community. The award is presented to communities, that excel in sustainability, and go beyond the minimum compliance standards to further benefit future residents living in the community.

This award requires combined sustainability efforts from the planning stage, to construction and the eventual residents who reside in the community. Envirodevelopment is therefore an accreditation the entire community can be proud of. Residents living in envirodevelopment communities are likely to have lower energy and water bills, access to financial rebates, higher home values and healthier lifestyles. To help explain the value of envirodevelopment communities here are Dacland’s six leaves.

Energy: through a combination of thoughtful design, the installation of energy efficient appliances and provision of renewable energy a community can demonstrate a further 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions then the minimum compliance. This benefits purchaser by 20% lower power bills, more comfortable indoor environments with a reduced need for air-conditioners or heaters, the potential to qualify for “green home loans” and greater well-being and liveability through good solar access and optimal positioning and design.

Water: a development has incorporated methods that reduce the use of potable drinking water by at least 20% more than the minimum regulatory compliance. Dacland has a recycled water pipeline, providing access to stormwater.

Waste: an envirodevelopment uses resources more efficiently and reduces the volume of waste sent to landfill. To reduce cost of building by using materials wisely and minimising the costs of waste disposal.

Ecosystems: Dacland has designed communities with extensive green spaces for conservation and recreation, this helps to protect and enhance existing native ecosystems and rehabilitate degraded sites.

Community: a envirodevelopment has made extensive efforts towards creating a safe vibrant and cohesive communities.

Materials: 20% of the materials used in envirodevelopments are reused, recycled or renewable materials, or materials that produce fewer carbon emissions over their total lifecycle. At Dacland, we encourage the use of low emission materials in home to ensure a healthy indoor environment.

Living in an envirodevelopment can essentially save you money and increase the value in your home. Envirodevelopment is individual to each community, if you see the envirodevelopment logo in a community, ask your sales rep to see how it is implemented by the developer and what it will mean to you.

Top tips for visiting a display home

Visiting a display home is the best way to start planning your future build. Display homes let you see and experience what a particular layout or house design may look like. However, Display Homes are built to impress and they can sometimes include features that are not part of the standard package. To avoid future disappointment, iBuildNew have put together some top tips for you to consider when visiting a display home.

1. Research and plan

Before you visit a display home, it’s a good idea to research where the homes you are interested in are located, set your own budget and plan your day of display home browsing accordingly. That way you will have a brief understanding of the products, builders available to you.

2. Make sure the floor plan is suitable for you

If you are planning to live in your freshly built house, you will need to ensure that the house suits your individual needs. This may mean adding an extra bedroom to your layout or favouring an open plan living space. It’s important that you are comfortable with the space, size and layout of the house. You may also need to consider neighbourhood, zoning regulations or the block of land that you own.

3. Find out what is included in the standard package

It’s no secret that display homes are designed to attract potential buyers, and may often include additional features that are not in the standard package. To avoid future disappointment, it is a good idea to ask the sales representatives what features will come with your purchase, and what may cost you extra. This may help you stick to your budget, as well.

Finding the right home for you, and your family isn’t easy. If you would like to find out more about the building process visit iBuildNew.

Rentvesting 101

The Great Australian Dream of owning your own home is fast becoming more of an actual “dream” than a reality.

Increasing house prices has resulted in many savvy Gen X, Gen Y & Millennials looking for alternative ways to enter the property market, without compromising their inner-city lifestyle of soy lattes and short tram rides to work. This has resulted in the emerging trend of “rentvesting”.

According to New Homes Consultant, John Sheehan, “rentvesting” enables purchasers to enter the currently inaccessible property market as an investment.

“Rentvesting gives buyers financial confidence, by allowing them to purchase a property within their budget that is in a high growth area as an investor, whilst renting in a different location where they prefer to live and work,” said John.

“Essentially, rentvesting allows you to live your ‘on-trend’ lifestyle in your favorite suburb while also having an investment portfolio to fulfill your future financial goals.”

In a recent report, News Corp Australia reflected on the rentvesting approach amongst millennials, outlining Melbourne’s top locations offering the highest property growth potential being in northern suburbs such as Epping and Wollert, and in South Eastern suburbs like Cranbourne and Clyde.

This is supported by Real Estate Australia’s live statistics which show that the median house price in Clyde has increased by 16.5% in the last 12months alone, outperforming traditional hot spots like Collingwood 6%, Brighton 8.3% and Albert Park 4.4%.

It’s important to get the fundamentals of rentvesting correct to ensure you maximize your investment’s potential. Contact a Homebuyers Centre New Homes Consultant who can explain your finance and legal options, help you understand the building process and guide your through the rentvestment process.

How to style an open plan living space

Open plan living really captures the Australian way of life and creates a family-friendly lifestyle. Local stylist and homewares editor, Kirra Bell, believes that the key to styling an open plan living and dining space is consistency between the two spaces.

‘When styling an open plan living and dining space you need to create a flow and continuity between the two spaces whilst also creating a subtle divide between a dining and living room area’, Kirra said.

Homebuyers Centre’s Aston 25 home embodies an open plan living ethos whilst also creating functional spaces that evolves with your family.

It is always important to have your measurements on hand when shopping for furniture, as well as a copy of your floor plan with a rough idea of how you envisage the space will be arranged.

A long dining table is a great way to create a defined living/dining space.

“And Yes! You can have a wood table if you have timber flooring. Just choose a table with a slightly lighter tone or texture to your floors. The general rule is to use a maximum of three types of woods. Incorporating statement pendant lights in a similar tone to your table or floor also adds continuity throughout the space,” said Kirra.

Pendants are very popular in open plan living areas to specifically highlight the dining area, while integrating a unique piece throughout the space. For some variation, add a touch of greenery or subtle pops of colour to your table to help break up the wood.

Another smart way to maximise space in open plan living is to add in an office nook.

“The tip here is to keep your desk very natural so it doesn’t dominate the space. Use colour from your living room cushions or artwork to really tie your look together, and maintain the flow of your open plan in the heart of the home,” Kirra added.

Maximise impact in your landscaping with iBuildNew

Landscaping and garden aesthetic can have a significant impact on the value of your home. At Dacland, we offer a Great Garden Promise incentive to create premium streetscapes where the properties and their landscapes complement each other and the overall community.

To help you maximise impact in your landscaping and create a strong, appealing streetscape in your community. iBuildNew have put together five smart tips you can include in your plans:

1. Geometry shapes the overall harmony

When you start planning your new landscaping project, make sure that you keep the following in mind to create a cohesive front yard that works well with the house plan:

  • Remember that the biggest element on your lawn is the house itself.
  • Recognise the strength of good proportions to create balance without compromising emphasis on the individual elements that make your property look enticing.
  • Take advantage of shapes, masses, spacing, and colours that can complement the size and appearance of your home.
  • When expertly placed, shrubs, flowers, trees, yard decor, and ornate pathways will highlight the property’s beauty from all angles.

2. Think of year-round beauty

Invest in perennial plants that look good in all seasons and can always provide a warm, inviting atmosphere. It’s important to select plants that will look good all year round. You don’t want a garden that only looks perfect when it’s spring or summer and would look foreboding neglected or haunted during winter or fall.

3. Welcome guests and occupants with flawless transitions

Landscaping isn’t only about visuals; it’s also about the feel. The journey from the street to your front door (and vice versa) should be smooth and pleasant for your front landscaping to give a lasting impression. Be mindful of the whole experience; think of ways where you can switch up the scenery without breaking the flow of the walk. Make sure the pathways provide a clear direction so visitors and residents can always see where to go.

4. Provide room for growth

If you have trees and perennials on your garden, consider giving them plenty of space to spread when they grow larger and older, or they will appear squeezed up and overcrowded. Properly spacing your plants also prevents them from competing with each other for food and nourishment, especially in times of drought. Get to know your plants by researching how wide and how high they will become when they mature. Don’t worry if at first, they look sparse; in time, they will fill their beds, giving your garden a healthy, clean, and well cared-for look. Depending on the plants, the ideal spacing to insure good coverage and growth is a minimum of 3 plants per square metre.

5. Less is more: the power of minimal maintenance

A yard that looks good doesn’t mean it should be high maintenance. There are plenty of pretty plants that require less upkeep, which can attract future tenants or potential buyers. Even if you have a green thumb and a passion for nature, gardening is still a time consuming and unrelenting task, and it can become a huge chore. With all the jobs associated with it, such as weeding, trimming the grass, and more, not everyone has the time or budget to keep the landscape spotless. For better kerb appeal, take a more realistic approach. Think of plants that can take care of themselves, such as Corymbia Ficifolia ‘Red Flowering Gum’, Viola Hederacea ‘Native Violet’, and Acmena Smithii ‘Cherry Surprise’.

Creating a beautiful front yard for your new home is something that is worth the effort and extra cost.

words provided by Ben Henzell, iBuildNew

Conveyancers local to Dacland communities

Finding a conveyancer is essential for buying or selling property. A conveyancer will help you understand the contracts involved in your purchase and help settle your land. If you are looking for a conveyancer, these guys are recommended by our project sales representatives. Each are familiar with our community contracts, live locally to the projects and are very thorough.

Luisa Garofalo, Sargeants Conveyancing

Murray Grills, Grills & Co Conveyancing

Koray Kolege, KLG Group Conveyancing

Graeme Smith, The Conveyancing Lawyers

Tia Milne, First Class Legal

Angela Dálfonso, Double Bay Conveyancing

Donna Emile, Pro Choice Conveyancing

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