We are looking of buying a block of land and then start the discussion with building process. Although we have shortlisted few houses from couple of builders but instead of going for a house & land package, we want to secure the block of land first to allow us to contemplate the house and builder later.
In order to get some idea of site cost prior to deciding about the land, I would like to soil testing done.
Can you guys help me with how much such a soil test cost me?
I agree with stonecutter1309, getting a potential builder to do the test will be the cheapest way for you (we paid $550 though our builder) and if you decide not to proceed with that builder the test data is still yours to keep.
Joined: 15 Mar 2004 Posts: 601 Location: Strzelecki Ranges Victoria
It is always critical to purchase land 'subject to a soil test'.
You should speak to the agent or whoever about this and then arrange for the test yourself.
You should find the cost to be around the $350.00 mark.
at this stage you will only require a straight forward soil test and report - no survey etc
Don't go through a builder - organise it yourself.
Thanks for all the responses. I have talked to the builder and asked them to get me some estimates on a package price for that block. That will be an indicator of the site cost involved and will help me in making the decision.
They have told me that there is substantial fill on that block and hence site cost will be high but I am still waiting for some quantitative figures to compare against.
Do developers of new estate also allow the clause of subject to acceptable soil test? What is the criteria for that condition to pass - site cost within a limit or specific type of slab? I mean, normally, do they want us to specify what we consider as acceptable?
organise soil test directly yourself, they are around $330-$380 for standard soil test and report. significantly cheaper than builders will charge for the sake of a phone call. you will also require a full feature survey of the site eventually, a standard survey is under $1000 these days. Worth doing now if the site is sloping, but not critical yet if site is quite flat, but also depends if neighbours have built already since their houses may affect yours etc and this must all be determined before signing anything with a builder. When you search these forums you will find unbelievable problems that occur because owners do not speak to a independant building designer or architect for some basic advice.
Soil Testing is necessary before construction and gardening. During a typical soil test, the Geotechnical Services bores three to five fifteen-foot deep holes. The DST Consulting Engineers in Ontario done soil testing for me before construction. They used these as samples to assess land's quality. So budget should be in mind.