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#1 ELH05

Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:23 PM

We have seen a block that we like the location of but it's very uneven and has very soft sand. We have a feeling that the site costs will be very expensive which would outweigh the purchase of it.
How would we find out what our site/prep costs would be before we purchase – I.e. who do we enlist to advise us of what we would up for cost wise ? And is it possible to do this sort of check while having an offer in on the block ?

#2 Escapin

Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:25 PM

I believe you need an engineer, and probably a geophysical survey too.

#3 Natttmumm

Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:26 PM

You should be able to get a builder to go around and have a look. The agents shouldn't mind this.
Ask the builder to let you know the costs to prep the site.
Good luck

#4 Bloomer

Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:33 PM

Ask the neighbours, my parents bought a block on a hill, the agent sold them the wrong block and the had huge site costs


#5 mavisandjack

Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:41 PM

Definitely an engineer especially with sand. You need advice about anchors etc.

#6 mumtoactivetoddler

Posted 29 January 2013 - 05:15 PM

My best advice is it is going to cost you a lot more than the builder is going to estimate.

#7 Jigsy 0308

Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:14 PM

You need an Engineer and a Geotech report prior to purchase. But generally speaking, yes be prepared for substantial additional costs.

#8 Louise2203

Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:32 PM

I wouldn't worry too much about the soft sand if you are in WA.

Is it in a new development or an older suburb?

Either way you should, subject to the sellers acceptance, be able to add a condition relating to you obtaining an engineers report.

If a new development I would contact the builders in the area, they would have a provisional sum that they charge in that area and have knowledge of any know problems/extras.

If an older suburb, the seller may have already had a engineer/surveyors report completed. Ask the real estate agent.

The engineer would give you a report on the land itself, not costings for site works, that price is set by the builder.

An earthworking company would be able to provide costing, but not be able to assess the land.

#9 TenOfSwords

Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:38 PM

Contact the builders you intend on using, they will be able to give you an idea as to how much they would charge for the site costs. It can vary from builder to builder.
If its just sand that needs to be removed then that would be pretty standard. If you actually need to cut into the land (as in the land is on a sloping hill) that will add money.

#10 Ireckon

Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:44 PM

I second e earthmoving company for advice.

The block we caught had a gentl slope on it, and we paid $10k to get it levelled for building, after we had spent a good deal of time doing a fair bit of bobcat work ourselves.




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