Considering a Sunshine Coast House and land package for your new home? They’re often pitched as an easy, affordable house option, but is it all it’s cracked up to be? Like any decision when it comes to building, it’s best to know the pros and cons so you can make an informed decision. Today, we’ll be looking at house and land packages on the Sunshine Coast to help you decide if it is the right option for your new house.
What we like about House and Land Packages ✅
- Simplier process
- Convenient – only have to deal with one person
- Easy to secure finance
What we don’t like⛔️:
- Lack of choice for consumers, both location and the design
- Small lot sizes
- Lack of choice for locations and they’re often far from city and facilities
- Lots usually aren’t very big
Why build on the Sunshine Coast?
The Sunshine Coast is a growing community with a wide range of suburbs and landscapes, including beaches, hinterlands, suburbia, and the city. It’s a popular area for families with a wide variety of schools, activities and friendly communities. For anyone who finds the idea of the city overwhelming, the more relaxed pace of the Sunshine Coast may be more their speed. It’s only a forty-minute drive to North Brisbane, about an hour to the CBD, so the big city isn’t far away if you want to visit for the day.
The Sunshine Coast encompasses a lot of suburbs that vary greatly in vibe and price range. You can live in the country with livestock or in an apartment next to the beach and still be part of the Sunshine Coast. Besides a couple of areas (Noosa Heads, Sunshine Beach), the Sunshine Coast tends to be cheaper than buying in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, especially if you don’t mind living in the countryside or a little further away from the beach.
What are House and Land Packages?
House and land packages tend to come in two varieties. First, is what’s known as a ‘turnkey’ package, in which you purchase land and then choose from a designated selection of house designs. The downside is you’re limited in what you can choose and changes tend to be frowned upon by the builders.
The second type is a house and land package where you purchase the vacant lot first and are then offered a set range of builders and designs to choose from. This is a common option in development sites, like estates.
Where you’re buying your house and land package one of the biggest influencers on your overall price will be location, more so than even land size. It all follows one of the oldest rules in the book: supply and demand. Areas near the beach or in popular suburbs are going to command higher prices because more people want to live there.
When it comes to the price of House and Land Packages it’s important to be aware that the quoted price does not include registration fees, stamp duty, landscaping, site costs and anything necessary but not listed in the inclusions. We recommend preparing to pay another 15-25% above the quoted price, as these other costs can add up.
It’s also important to consider whether you’re getting your money’s worth with a house and land package. You’re paying more for less choice which gives the builder all the cards. While this may appeal to some people, you need to consider whether this is right for you. Not only will other options save you money, but you’ll also have more say in how your dream house is built.
House and Land Packages on the Sunshine Coast by the home builder.
There are a lot of builders on the Sunshine Coast, and most offer house and land packages. Here are just a few builders for your to consider:
Founded in 2018, Brighton Homes is one of the newer home builders in town. They’re part of the MJH Group and focus on building in South-East Queensland.
- Upfront about costs
- Are up to date with modern trends.
- 20-week timeframe for a build.
- It can be 2-3 months after you put down your $3000 deposit before you’ll receive a fixed price contract
Coral Homes is a true volume builder. They were founded in Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast in 1990 and have been building homes in Brisbane since then.
They’re currently advertising a few house and land packages in the Palmviews area, costing between $600,000 and $800,000.
Dixon Homes is a franchised builder with locations along the Australian East Coast. Founded in 1959, Dixon Homes have built a name for themselves as an affordable alternative in the building industry.
They have some house and land packages advertised on their site, especially around the Palmviews area. These will start from around $639,077 for a three-bedroom house on a 337m2 block of land.
Metricon Homes is one of Australian home building’s biggest names. They can usually be found at every display village and will offer house and land packages,
Fixed price package $807,743
Lot 282, New Road, Palmview
Stylemaster Homes is a South-East Queensland based builder who builds in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast and lots of places in between. They have a few house land packages avaliable in the Sunshine Coast area, ranging from $507,000 to $1,999,699 in price.
Popular home design options on the Sunshine Coast
Two storey house designs are a popular choice among families (especially larger ones) due to the space and the ability to separate living areas. The extra floor provides an area for more bedrooms and living spaces, giving you all the chance for privacy and time together.
The single storey house design is the most common type of house you’ll see. Unlike multi-storey designs, a single storey home can be more flexible with its floor plan.
Acreage Homes are best suited for rural properties or at least larger properties. With a lot of larger properties available in the Sunshine Coast area, there is a lot of opportunities for those looking to build their dream country home.
Are there advantages to purchasing a vacant lot?
A house and land package is one of those deals where you’re sacrificing a lot for convenience. Along with the extra money you’re spending, you’re also giving up a lot of choices and say in your new house. That having been said, what are the advantages of buying a vacant? For a start, it is potentially less expensive than a house and land package or buying an established house. It’s also a relatively simple purchase.
A big advantage of a vacant lot is the flexibility it affords you. It’s a great way to get your foot in the door while you save to build a house. Also, you’re not locked into an agreement, so you have a lot more say as to what your new home looks like. It’s important to your due diligence to make sure the land you’re buying isn’t a lemon. We can help with that. Another option is a knockdown rebuild, where you can get the best property with a house already on it, and then build your dream home. At Buildi, we know all the signs to look out for and can make sure you’re purchasing a quality piece of land. With Buildi on your side, you’ll be in the driver’s seat. We’ll have builders trying to get your business rather than the other way round.
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How We Can Help You
Building a home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. At Buildi, we’ll be there throughout the entire building process, guiding you step by step so you can avoid any pitfalls. We will help you by following these steps.
- Free Consultation – We will sit with you to understand what you are looking to accomplish.
- Due Diligence – We work with you to ensure you’re buying the right block of land at the right price without hidden problems.
- Builders tender – We will take your requirements out to the market of builders and they will bid to win your business.
- Present solutions – We will compile the top 3 options and present you with a comprehensive proposal on builders’ strengths & weaknesses along with prices and specifications.
- Contract Signing – We will work with you and your selected builder to ensure there is full transparency in what you are entering into.
- Building your home – We work closely with the builder to ensure all service levels are met and your project is on schedule.