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How To Subdivide Your Property for Maximum Profit
In recent years, the price of property has changed, and finding quality land can be difficult. If you’re lucky enough to have a big backyard, your land could be ripe for subdivision. This post outlines how to subdivide your property, and what you need to know to potentially make a profit.
What is a subdivision?
Subdivision means dividing your property into two or more lots. To do this, you could:
- Subdivide your land and sell the new lot for someone else to develop.
- Build a house on the newly-created lot, which you could later sell or rent out.
- Demolish your existing home and build three or four townhouses.
Over the past few decades, our overall population has increased, while the size of each family has decreased. This means:
- A high value is placed on houses – and vacant land – in established areas. It’s even better if you have access to public transport and communal green spaces.
- There’s a shortage of available properties, especially in urban areas.
- A big lot of land could become potential equity to make a profit.
How does subdivision work?
Before you go any further, it is important to understand how subdivision works, and assess if you are a good candidate for subdividing your land. There are some key questions to ask:
1. First, work out if a subdivision is possible
To be viable for subdivision, your lot of land should:
- Comply with local zoning laws. Check with your local council to see if your property is in an area that allows subdivisions.
- Ideally be relatively flat, to reduce the costs of construction and access.
- Conform to your local council’s minimum lot size. This varies depending on where you live, but a good rule of thumb is to have at least 7535 square feet of usable land.
- Have enough space to install another driveway.
2. Call in an expert
Once you’ve done your own assessment, call in an expert to get a professional perspective on your plan ideas. You could speak to a surveyor, certified town planner, or an experienced builder. They can advise you about zoning, overlays, and minimum lot size. Planning overlays identify features of the environment that might be impacted by a new development. In some cases, subdivisions may not be permitted due to protected vegetation, flooding, bushfire risk, or the location of protected buildings.
3. Apply for planning permission
With the help of your builder or surveyor, it’s time to put together a development proposal. You’ll need to outline how you suggest splitting the land and show plans for a proposed house, driveway, and car parks.
A Final Word
Subdividing your land is a complex endeavour but can be well worth the effort. With over 120 franchisees and multiple global offices, G.J. Gardner Homes has proven project experience coupled with local expertise and can help you through the process. Contact your local office to see how we can assist you with your subdivision plans.