1. Choose your Architect before you buy the land. There are two approaches; either you choose the land you like and fit the design to it, or you create a preliminary design and seek the land that will suit the design. Your architect can help you choose a block of land that suits you and your planned project.
2. Have your Architect Review the Land Choice before you sign on the dotted line. There are many factors that can impact on your project that revolve around your choice of a block. These can include site orientation, adjacent conditions, soil conditions, the slope of the block, and vegetation. Your architect can inform you early of any the pitfalls of rules and regulations that you may not know about, but that you will have to comply with. This may help you in your land sale negotiation as well.
3. Have your Architect help with establishing a Budget for the Project. Architects can prepare a cost opinion for your project in as little as 15 minutes with the basic size and location of your project. Of course such an opinion is rough and includes substantial contingencies, but it is a good, realistic place to start. This allows you to immediately see whether you need a rethink of the size and complexity of your project and to plan for the budget properly from the beginning without going down the line and having to backtrack later.