Once you’ve found your perfect home and moved in, it’s easy to get comfortable. However, finding your perfect home in the first place, can be quite a task. You can expect to start looking for a home and have found one within a few weeks. It takes time and effort to get everything you’re looking for. Before you start viewing properties, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Here’s what you need to remember in order to find your dream home.
You’ll Be There Longer Than You Think
In today’s market, many people buy a house assuming they’ll move on quickly. If you’re buying a house for the sole purpose of renovating and selling on to make a profit, you need not worry. However, if you’re buying a house you want to live in for a number of years, be aware that you’ll probably stay longer than you think. Even if your dream home is just a stepping stone to the next bigger and better dream home, the average family stays at least 2 years longer than planned. With that in mind, look for house you know you can grow in.
A versatile home is a home that can change with you. For example, you may have a spare bedroom that’s initially a home office for you and your partner, but a few years down the line you may need to change it into a baby’s nursery. Similarly, you could use your garage as a gym or alternate your conservatory between sun room in the Summer and dining room in the Winter. Any home that you stay in for a few years will need to be changed around, not only to be practical but also because change is motivational.
Know Your Style
You can’t search for your perfect home if you don’t know what you want. Would you prefer to live in a city, a town or a rural location? An apartment, a cottage or a mansion? Whatever you’re leaning towards, you need to start looking for a property type that’s as close as you can get to it. You may view a few properties and entirely change your mind. Maybe you’ll realise rural life is too cut off for you. That’s why finding out what your perfect style is, is important. Why not take a quiz and find out?
Know What You Can Afford
Finding your perfect home comes with a price tag. It’s important to speak to a financial advisor before you make any offers. You need to know what your price range is and how much you can reasonably afford to spend. It’s also a good idea to get first time buyer solicitor prices. After all, it’s not just the price of the house you’ll be paying. You need to be prepared for all of the costs that are involved. The more prepared you are, the easier it will be to attain your dream home.
Old vs New
There are advantages to buying both old and new properties. A new property will usually ensure you have to do very little once you’re moved in. It’s also a good guarantee that electrics, plumbing, heating etc will be in excellent condition. However, new homes can sometimes lack the character that older homes can bring. Yes, you may have to go through a few extra checks and you may have to do some alterations to bring the home up to standard but older houses can often be more practical. For example, older generations often had bigger families so you may find bigger kitchens and bathrooms.
Do You Plan to Sell On?
While shopping around for your perfect home can be exciting, you also have to keep the reselling value in mind if you plan to move on one day. Is your home one that you feel confident will sell easily in the future? While you have to consider your needs and wants first and foremost, you also have to consider what other buyers will be looking for in the future. For example, is your home in a good location, near to schools and shops? Are there likely to be expensive changes to make to the house before you’re able to sell it on?
Getting to the point where you’re ready to move into your perfect home can be stressful, but it’s worth doing right so you can live comfortably and have fantastic prospects for the future. Follow these steps before making an offer and you won’t go far wrong.