Build | 28 May 2020

Learn the Land Lingo

by Taylah White

The home building journey is full of many words and phrases that you may not be familiar with, which can make the process seem overwhelming.

At Carlisle, we don’t want you to feel confused at any point of your building journey, that’s why we’ve put together this land lingo guide! You’ll find yourself talking-the-talk like a land professional in no time.

What is...

Certificate of title
A certificate of title is a Legal document that identifies the owner/s of the block of land.

Title date or Titled land
A block’s title date is the official date that the block of land registers.

Soil report
Conducted by a certified engineer, the purpose of the soil report is to get a detailed understanding of the site’s earth conditions, and how those conditions may impact the support and structure of your home. The outcome of your soil report will impact on the type of foundation used in your home.

Site survey
A site survey is an examination of your land to establish the position of the proposed construction of your home.  The survey identifies the correct orientation and positioning of the house, any obstacles that may need removal prior to construction, including large trees and any other limitations or any easements that may burden or benefit your land or construction of your home. The site survey also determines the current elevation and slope levels of your land in order to identify what site works will be required in order to create a level building platform.

Re-establishment survey
The purpose of a re-establishment survey is to re-instate the boundary of a block of land to determine where exactly the boundary lines of your property are.

Site costs
Expenses associated with your specific block of land in order to prepare your land for home construction. Unless your site costs are ‘fixed’* in price these expenses will be based on the outcome of your site survey and soil report.

Fixed site costs*
Fixed site costs are generally optional for clients and can be provided at the start of your sales journey. Fixed site costs remove the risk of any unforeseen costs that may pop up after your site survey or soil report. Your fixed site costs include all associated site costs, any OH&S requirements, council requirements and developer guidelines.

Expert tip: When comparing site costs from builders, be sure to find out if the site costs are 100% fixed. At Carlisle, once we present you with a fixed* site cost, that’s all you’ll pay- guaranteed! Be sure to speak to your Sales Consultant for more information, and always ask if there are any terms and conditions that you should be made aware of when talking to other builders.

Additional soil or materials imported onto your block of land used to level your land according to the elevation or slope and to prepare the block for home construction.

Frontage is the width of the front boundary of your block of land.

The depth of your block is the measurement from the front point of your block, to the rear point of your block.

The frontage of your block multiplied by the depth of your block will equal the overall size of your land.

Easements are a section of land registered on your title, generally to the rear or side of your block, used for services such as water, gas and electricity.  An easement permits a person or authority to use or access that part of your land to access these services for any maintenance requirements.

Stamp duty
The tax placed by the Government on the legal transfer of assets, such as land, existing property and cars.

Expert tip: The government has introduced stamp duty savings on land and property to help Victorian first home buyers. Purchases under the value of $600,000 will be exempt from paying stamp duty, so it’s important to know how the stamp duty savings initiative impacts you and your home building journey.

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Cross over
The point at which you access the street from your block. Once your home is complete, this will be the point in which you place your driveway. It’s important to know where your cross over will be located, as this will impact on the position and orientation of your home on your block.
You can find your cross over location on the Engineering Report from your Land Developer.

Building envelope
A building envelope is the maximum space that your home can be built in on your block, including the width, length and height of the home and is determined by your Land Developer.

Bushfire attack level (BAL)
A BAL rating is used to measure the potential risk of exposure to a bushfire. Any homes built in an area considered to be ‘bushfire prone’ will be given a BAL rating. This rating establishes the requirements for construction, ultimately to improve the protection of your home from attack by bushfire.

Expert tip: It’s important to understand that the BAL rating of your block will impact on the materials used to build your home.

Council requirements
Your local council will have certain requirements that you must adhere to in order to be granted your building permit.

Developer requirements
Similar to your council requirements, you will also need to meet Land Developer requirements if you’re building in a new estate. These requirements will often relate to visual/style requirements that your new home must meet to keep the look of the estate consistent and provide an improved outcome for the community in which it lays. Your home must meet these requirements in order to be granted developer approval.

Developer approval
You must be granted approval by your developer (if building in a new estate) before you can commence the construction of your home. Approval will be granted on the premise that all requirements (explained above) are met.

Developer stages 
In new land estates, the land developer will divide the estate into smaller “stages”, in which construction occurs at different times. Infrastructure construction will occur based on these stages. For example, completion of roads, cross overs, power and water supply will all occur to the first stage of an estate, before moving on to the second.

If purchasing land still leaves you scratching your head in confusion, let us take the stress out of your decision with our House & Land packages. With hundreds of packages available, we can help you find the perfect fit. Click here to start your House & Land journey with Carlisle.

*FIXED PRICE: Price based on Developer supplied engineering plans and Plan of Subdivision; standard floor plan with preferred siting (without alterations), Carlisle’s recommended Building Surveyor and residential zoning at package date. Confirm land prices and availability prior to purchase. Subject to developer and council approval. Pricing also excludes features not supplied by Carlisle, including fencing, landscaping, planting, letterbox, decking and driveway. 

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Taylah White

House & Land Specialist

Taylah sources land exclusively for Carlisle Homes. She leverages her strong connections and relationships with developers to ensure that Carlisle Homes can provide the best house & land packages for their customers.

Taylah also invests considerable energy into the development of her team and believes their professional development is key to Carlisle Homes' outstanding customer service. 'My team work towards a common goal, to find land that not only exceeds customer expectations, it moves them one step closer to living in their dream home'.

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