The perfect home?
Not many of us live in the same home for the duration of our adult lives, so there will likely be a time when you decide to move. This may be because of an expanding family situation, a change in employment, or just plain old boredom in the home and area where you currently live. So whether a change is forced upon you, or you are desperate for some new surroundings, you are going to begin the search for a new home.
The idea of a ‘perfect’ home is subjective, so it depends on what you are looking for in your new property. In this article, we will give you some simple advice to aid you as you begin your search. We aren’t professionals in the field, but our tips should clarify your thinking.
1. Don’t rush into a move
Unless you need to move in a hurry, take your time to think about what you want. You are making a huge investment, so you don’t want to take the risk of moving into something that isn’t ‘quite right’ and regretting it later on. Look online, visit show houses, speak to the professionals, and see what’s out there. It may take a while before you find the right place for you, but at least the wait will be worth it if you take the time to consider your options.
2. Remember size matters
The biggest property isn’t always the best. You might envy those multi-millionaires who live in gigantic mansions, but let’s be honest, do they really need all that space? When taking space into account, think about your needs. It needs to be able to adapt to changes in your life, such as having a family. If this is likely, you don’t want anything too small, but then again, you probably don’t want anything too large if there aren’t many people living in the house with you. Again, look online at property for sale, and factor in your anticipated plans for the future when deciding what to go for.
3. Buy within your means
When moving your way up the property ladder, it is important you have your finances in order. Simply put, if you can’t afford a property (and the ensuing mortgage payments), reign yourself in and look for something else. Find something that is within your means, and you will save yourself a lot of financial pressure down the line. This means curbing your temptation to buy what might be your idea of a ‘dream property,’ if you don’t have the finances to manage the expense. Instead, buy within your budget, but look for a property that you can gradually upgrade over time to closely match your ideal.
4. Know what type of property you want
Moving is stressful enough, so you don’t want to move into a home that is going to cause you further aggravation. While some things can be changed, others can’t, so carefully consider what type of home you are looking for. For example, if you don’t want to manage a garden, consider one of these apartments for sale. If the sound of neighbours annoys you, don’t buy a terraced property. There will be a style of property that suits your temperament and personality, so factor in your needs and wants when considering what type of property to move into.
5. Walk around the location
You can make changes to your property, but you can’t do a lot to change the location you live in. Therefore, walk around an area (and head on to Google Maps) and survey the local area. There will be some aspects of the location that matters to you, such as amenities, schools, and transport options. Make a checklist of what you want and don’t want in the local area, and tick them off as you consider the pros and cons.
6. Think about the neighbours
Unless you move somewhere secluded and remote, you are going to have neighbours living in your vicinity. When touring locations for where to live, it is possible to assess what your neighbours might be like. While you don’t want to judge, there are first impressions that may put you off. A badly kept house and garden may offer you some indication, and a listening ear may alert you to noise (music, barking dogs) that you don’t want to live next too. You might even strike up the nerve to visit potential neighbours before moving in, on the pretence that you want some advice about the area. Remember, you can choose your house, but you can’t choose your neighbours!
7. Think about the future
Are you planning to live in the house for years to come or are you buying something to act as an investment as you move up the property ladder? If it’s the former, think ‘home’ first. This is the place you will be coming back to each day, so you want somewhere that ticks all the right boxes for a comfortable and rewarding life. If it’s the latter, there may be some aspects of the property that don’t bother you. The odd flaw here or there won’t matter, as you won’t have the same personal connection to the property as somebody who intends to live there in the long-term. Of course, there is no guarantee your property will sell for a profit down the line, so you do need to keep an eye on the property market, and speak to the experts, before making a purchase.
8. Get a second and third opinion
We are often blindsided when we look to buy something new. When walking around the property, there will be aspects that you fall in love with. As a result, you may miss some fundamental flaws within the property. Therefore, bring somebody along with you, and hire the services of a surveyor or architect when looking at the property. You don’t want to buy a
money pit, so another pair of eyes will point out the weaknesses of the house, thus giving you a better perspective before you decide to buy.
Following our advice, you will improve your search for the perfect home. We wish you every happiness if and when the move takes place.