Thinking about a house and land package?
Moving into a brand new home can be a wonderful feeling; knowing that you can call this home for your growing family, settling down into retirement or setting up your investment as a rental property.
But did you know that landscaping is generally not included in house and land packages?
Novascape landscaping has created beautifully landscaped yards for more than 630 clients. But all too often we hear them say: “we had no idea that we would have to pay for landscaping after our house was built.”
You can expect your builder to leave your site tidy but it may contain small building rubble like brick corners, pebbles and other small building waste. It’s certainly not where you want your kids to be playing.
Planning to undertake landscaping as part of your house and land investment, rather than as an afterthought, means that you will end up with a new home and a landscaped yard. You’ll also be adding value to your home.
You’ll most likely need a bank loan in order to purchase your house and land package. This is the perfect time to consider borrowing the money to fund any landscaping work that you undertake. By adding the cost of landscaping to your loan, you won’t have to worry about unexpected costs arising at the end of your building project.
Retaining Walls can be expensive
One of the biggest landscaping expenses is retaining walls. Depending on their size and complexity, they can cost from $1,000 to $100,000 (Yes, that’s right!). We’ve built retaining walls for as little as $1,000 and as much as $70,000 on residential properties.
Retaining wall construction is generally not included in house construction. Take a look at your house plans and, wherever you see a retaining wall marked look out for the following comment:
Retaining wall to be completed by owner
This is very common.
What this also means is that the retaining wall has not been designed by an engineer, does not comply with engineering requirements for safety and durability and has not passed DA approval.
It is very likely that you will need to build a retaining wall of some kind. If it is over 600mm high, on your boundary or within 900mm of your boundary you will require engineered drawings and council approval in the form of a development application.
We can help you get all that organised.
When you go to see your bank manager, you’ll need to provide a cost estimate from your house and land package provider. Your bank manager will use this to help determine how much the bank is willing to lend you. If you indicate that you would also like to landscape your yard, and that you have an estimate for that too, they may take this into consideration as well.
We can help you by preparing an indicative offer that sets out the type of landscaping we can provide to you and at what cost. This should help you secure a loan amount that covers your house, land and landscaping.
We’ll prioritise your offer and get it back to you within just 2 days (we know you may have left it to the last minute).
What do I need to do?
We’ve developed an online tool that gathers all the information we need. It takes about 20 minutes to complete.
We’ll need to see a copy of your house plan, that shows the entire block, so that we can take measurements and prepare an estimate that is as accurate as possible. You must be able to upload a digital copy of your plan so you may need to scan it beforehand or organise a digital version from your builder.
In order for us to deliver you an indicative offer in just 2 days we need to charge for this service. It’ only $66 including GST.
What happens next?
As soon as we receive your enquiry, we’ll send you an invoice for $66 including GST. In order for us to deliver an estimate back to you within 2 days, we need you to pay this right away. When we see that you have made your payment, our Estimator and Project Manager, Dominic Gleeson, will get to work preparing your indicative offer. He’ll email it directly to you (and your bank manager if you provided his/her email address).
Soon after your appointment at the bank our office administrator Shannen Hines will follow up with you to see how it all went.
That’s all you need to do. We’ll follow up with you to see how your project is progressing and discuss when and how you would like to proceed later in the building phase.