Where to start
Buying or building a home is an important investment of your time and money. This simple step-by-step guide covers all of the important questions you may have to help you make the right decisions, from choosing your block of land, exploring your finance options, siting your home to suit your family’s lifestyle, and the magic day you get to move in.
Where do I want to live
The following questions will help you decide the kind of lifestyle and location is important to you and your family:
- Do I want to live in a vibrant community with like-minded families, close to a shopping precinct and essential services?
- Do I need to be close to local schools?
- Is it important to me that my investment will be protected by Urban Design Guidelines?
- Are landscaped local parks, play spaces and fitness and leisure trails essential for our lifestyle?
Buy or build
These days there are many different ways to build your own home, from brand new stock homes to turnkey products, house and land packages or a custom home built just for you. At Lanser you have several options, each with their own unique advantages – for inspiration visit our house & land page.
If you decide to build your own house, you have the unique opportunity to build a home that can help simplify your daily routine, take advantage of site specific views and natural light, reflect your character and personality and maximise the flow and efficiency of your floorplan.
Once you purchase the perfect block, you have 18 months to commence construction. This gives you time to select the right design, and refine the plans. This flexibility is rewarding if you have a clear idea of what you’re after, but can also be overwhelming if you’re building for the first time.
To simplify the building process, house and land packages can help lock down a completion date and a fixed budget with your builder. It is also a fantastic place to start when exploring what can be achieved on a particular budget and different sized allotments.
When building a house and land package, you will generally be able to select the finishes inside and out for your new home and make design changes without the number of choices and decisions to be made being overwhelming. Turnkey homes are special house and land packages that generally include everything you need to move in straight away, including landscaping, paving and lighting.
If you want a fast or fuss-free way to buy a brand new home, then a stock or ‘spec’ home is for you. Stock homes are built to be sold straight away and can be bought off the plan, near completion or already built. Turnkey packages are special stock homes that generally include everything you need to move in straight away, including landscaping, paving and lighting. When buying a stock home it is also possible to take advantage of off-the-plan stamp duty savings.
What style works for me?
Some important questions to ask yourself are:
- What rooms in your current home are under utilised and/or most used?
- Do you enjoy maintaining a garden or do you prefer a low maintenance lifestyle?
- Do you need a big backyard?
- Do you entertain a lot?
- Work from home?
- Watch a lot of films?
Our sales staff can help you to narrow down exactly what it is you need, and how you can fit those requirements on to a specific block of land. For inspiration, visit our house and land page.
Buying your own home
Whatever your budget, it’s always good to start looking for a home with a figure in mind. Use our mortgage calculator or speak to a mortgage broker about what you can spend (if you don’t have a mortgage broker in mind, we can recommend one).
If you’re buying or building a home in South Australia you might be eligible for one of the following government grants:
First Home Owner Grant
Seniors Housing Grant
Select your land
Our experienced sales staff can help guide you through the pre to post-purchase process from selecting a block and a builder to explaining the Urban Design Guidelines, helping you complete the contract and getting you over any hurdles along the way.