In Search of the Home of Your Dreams? Here's What You Need to Know


Finding a home that’s perfect for your family- both in the here and now, and as you all grow can be tricky. With a house being such a large purchase, it’s something you need to get right to avoid regret and hassle later down the line. Here are some things to bear in mind when you’re in search of the home of your dreams.

Set a budget

First things first, you need to know exactly how much you can spend. This will help you to narrow down your search and you won’t waste time scouring for properties that are out of reach.

Know what you want in a property

Your next step is to work out exactly what you want in a property. While you will probably need to be flexible on many of these points, work out what your deal breakers are and what you absolutely won’t budge on so again you can narrow down your search. For example, if you want a property which has a garage for your prized sports car and you know this is something you won’t compromise on, then this can help you filter results and make it easier to see what’s out there and suitable for you. Bear in mind that some of the things on your list might not be there on the listing, but can be changed once you move in. For example, if you want a three bedroom home but can only find two bedrooms in your budget- could you add an extension or loft conversion later down the line? If you want two bathrooms but most properties only have one, could you add one? If you’re really specific with what you want and you simply can’t find anything to suit then why not have a property built from scratch. Companies like Rawson Homes offer this, it’s less expensive than you might think and gives you more flexibility.

Make sure you have enough outside space

You will be able to change elements of a property to make it suit you, but you won’t be able to make the outside space any bigger. If you’re planning on extending, be aware that this will make the garden smaller. If you’ve always wanted a large garden, settling with a smaller one might cause you some regret later down the line. So think carefully about the outdoor space, as well as the actual building.

Do thorough checks of the area

It’s easy to fall in love with a home, but you also need to love the area too. If you’re miles from work or disconnected from amenities and public transport, you might struggle. You also don't want to move into your new home and find your new area is rife with crime. Do your research, there's plenty of information available for free online which will tell you all that you need to know. Have a survey done too, that way you know if there are any hidden nasties and damage lurking beneath the surface that could cost you a lot of money.

Get it at the right price

Based on your findings of the searches, you can then negotiate a price with the seller. For example, if significant problems have been found that will cost money to repair, you can ask for these to be completed or for money to be knocked off.

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