Are These Basic Inclusions Missing From Your House and Land Package?

house and land package inclusions

Don’t be left with a half built home

Building a home is a great way to get a home that has all of your families needs covered whilst also looking to the future with energy efficient systems and a modern design.

House and land packages can also look like a very cost effective deal but you really have to make sure that you know exactly what that price includes and if there are other costs that need to be factored into the quote to avoid costly and stressful surprises down the line. Also keep in mind that along with that great budget price often comes with standard / budget inclusions that you may want to upgrade.

Here’s a list of common items that you may expect to be included in the base price but often aren’t:

  • Flooring such as carpet, tiles etc
  • Kitchen benchtops, appliances, cabinets, sinks etc
  • Landscaping
  • Driveways
  • Curtains and blinds
  • Lighting
  • Fly screens
  • Heating / cooling
  • Check the number of power sockets included as it’s usually minimal
  • Is the land sloping? This could add to the price
  • Wall tiles including the amount of coverage
  • Letterbox
  • Clothesline
  • Insulation
  • Paving
  • Cornices
  • Council approval fees
  • Construction insurance premiums
  • Soil test by a qualified engineer
  • Connections to services
  • Excavation and drainage
  • legally required construction extras (e.g. scaffolding, security fencing)

As mentioned above, this list is not comprehensive. Some of these items may be included and they may be items that aren’t on this list that aren’t included. You need to make sure that you are also aware of exactly what fittings, doors, tiles etc you will be getting (including the toilet and kitchen sink) as they will likely be stock standard.

Building a home is a great option but you need to make sure you know exactly what you are getting so check your contract and list of inclusions carefully to reduce the likelihood of costly extras piling up.

Do you have any advice or items to add to the list?

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About Martin Anstee

Martin is the Managing Director and co-founder of Illawarra Home Loans.


  1. A work mate linked me to your resource. Thank you for the details.

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