How Connected Services Impact Your Home Building Price

 In this blog, we discuss how having essential services (electricity, water, sewer) already connected to your block impacts your dream home’s building cost. Learn how existing connections save money and weigh the challenges and costs of building off-the-grid!

5 min read | June 10, 2024 – 7.00am

Finding the perfect block of land is an exciting step towards your dream home. But beyond aesthetics, size, and location, there’s a crucial element to consider – the availability of essential services.  This includes things like electricity, water, and sewer connections.  The presence (or absence) of these services can significantly impact your overall building cost.

The Convenience of Connection: A Streamlined Build

Having established connections for essential services on your block is ideal.  Here’s why:

  • Reduced Costs: Existing connections eliminate the need for expensive installations. You won’t have to factor in the cost of trenching, laying pipes, or setting up alternative systems.
  • Faster Construction: Connecting to existing services is a relatively quick process compared to installing entirely new systems. This keeps your project on track and minimises delays.
  • Peace of Mind: Established connections ensure your home has access to the essential utilities you need for comfortable living.

Living Off the Grid: Potential Challenges and Considerations

While the dream of an off-the-grid lifestyle might be appealing, building on a block without existing services requires additional planning and budgeting:

  • Installation Costs: Installing new service connections, like drilling a water well or setting up a septic system, can be a significant upfront expense.
  • Alternative Systems: If off-grid living is your goal, consider alternative systems like solar power, rainwater harvesting, and composting toilets. These systems require upfront investment and ongoing maintenance costs.
  • Council Regulations: Building off-the-grid might necessitate adherence to specific council regulations. Factor in the potential costs of obtaining permits and complying with regulations.

Finding the Right Connection:

The ideal service situation depends on your priorities and budget. Here are some tips:

  • Consult Your Builder: An experienced builder can assess your chosen block and advise you on the feasibility and cost implications of connecting to existing services or installing alternative systems.
  • Consider Long-Term Costs: While off-the-grid living might seem cost-effective initially, factor in the ongoing maintenance costs of alternative systems.
  • Embrace Innovation: Explore new technologies like rainwater harvesting systems or solar battery storage that can enhance your off-the-grid living experience.

AUSMAR – Building Your Dream, Connected or Not

At AUSMAR, we understand that dream homes come in all shapes and sizes, connected or not.  Our experienced team can guide you through the pros and cons of building on a block with or without established services.  We’ll work with you to find the most cost-effective and efficient way to ensure your dream home has the essential utilities you need.

Ready to Build Your Dream Home, No Matter the Connection?

Contact us today for a free consultation. Let’s discuss how we can help you navigate the service considerations and turn your dream home into a reality, wherever that dream takes you.


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