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    Default What did you compromise on when buying or building a house?

    As the title says, what did you compromise on when buying or building a house, including choosing land? What were your deal breakers?

    We're looking for land to buy and then build on with a very tight budget. So we are unlikely to find a block that ticks all the boxes. But every block we look at has different pro's and con's. How do you decide what your priorities are??

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    Location is always our priority, you can add/deduct/change or learn to like what house you have but you can't change where it is

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    Location for us too we have a small, simple house and we often look at other houses & think 'wow, that'd be great'. But not so great that we'd be willing to up and leave where we are. We can always add on to our place and change what we don't like, but finding an area you're happy in is priceless!

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    First time we built, we actually compromised on location so we could build a big house within our budget.
    But in saying that, we knew that wasnt our forever home.
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    If there was one thing I wouldn't compromise on it would probably be that the block was shaped/orientated to allow a house with optimum solar orientation. Makes a huge difference!

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    If you are building with a volume builder, make sure your block is relatively flat. Some wont touch ones with too much of a slope. But best to check. Also check for any easements on potential blocks.

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    Bump. Anyone else?
    So many things to think about.

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    Not sure if this helps but when we bought, we had our wishlist features that we weren't prepared to compromise on and then a second wishlist that we'd like if possible but happy to wait...doing it this way helped us get what we wanted as we knew what our 'minimum' expectations were (hope that makes sense).

    Amount of bedrooms, commute to work and the 'feel' of the suburb were very important factors to us. I also wasn't prepared to buy a house in an area with schools I weren't comfortable with as I knew we wouldn't be moving by the time kids were school age.

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    Definitely location. We looked at bigger houses further afield but settled on a smaller house in the location we wanted. It was the right decision.

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    When we built the first time we were on a very strict budget so rather than stone benchtops we had laminate, rather than hardwood flooring we had tiles, rather than nice window furnishings (like plantation shutters) we had roller blinds. What we didn't compromise on was the look of the facade, the ceiling height, the amount of bedrooms and living rooms. And I also agree that the flatter the block the better - a steep block will not only cost you more for the build but it will cost you exponentially more in landscaping (driveways, retaining walls etc).

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