Buying a house is one of the most important transactions you will ever make. It’s also one of the most stressful of decisions, and one that takes the utmost consideration. Whether you are looking to buy your first home or are trading up to a larger one – or even looking to downsize – there are many things you need to consider so that you get the best out of your new home.
What are the main factors to consider when you are searching for a suitable home? Some are very obvious while others maybe not be, and we have taken a look at how you should go about making a checklist of things to consider, so here’s how it goes!
Considering the Property
So, you want a new house, and you want it to be the right type and size for your family to live comfortably and efficiently in. What do you look for?
Size – you want to make sure the rooms are an effective size for you and for your family, and this means checking things very carefully. We advise that you take a tape measure with you and physically measure the rooms, too; many times people have bought a home on the basis of seeing furniture fits, only to find that their own furniture doesn’t! This particularly applies to bedrooms. If you have kids, you want sufficient room for them to play in – perhaps their own dedicated playroom – so make sure you have a room that would be used for just that purpose.
Layout – modern houses tend to be planned in a way that means everything flows from one room into another – and many are open-plan, which is neat and usable but not for everyone. Older homes can be rather quaint, for want of a better word, in terms of layout. You may find bedrooms that are only accessible by going through other rooms, and this is not a convenient layout for a family, and the same could be the case with the downstairs rooms. It’s worth making a rough plan of the house by having a full walk around.
Location – you want a house where you will be happy living; in a nice neighbourhood with easy access to all the local amenities, quick and effective transport links, and an easy school run. However, you may find all this and then overlook what lies just a little beyond. Is the house on the flight path of an airport, for example? Does a main railway line run behind the fence at the end of the neighbour’s yard? Is there an industrial plant hidden nearby that will cause distraction? All of these things are certainly important additions to your checklist. One other point you might want to consider, and it’s one you may forget, is your mobile phone network connection – you’d be surprised how many locations have poor or no access, so check it while you’re around. The same goes for the internet.
Too many buyers look only at the interior of the house – and that’s fair enough as you will spend most of your time there – but you will find that if you have a nice, accessible and usable back yard, you will spend more time outdoors than you might believe. Here’s a few outdoor factors to consider:
Size – don’t fall into the trap of dismissing a small back yard area as unimportant, because it really can limit your enjoyment of the outdoors. Let’s face it, you don’t want to be stuck inside in all that beautiful sunny weather, you want to be out in the yard having a barbeque with family and friends! Also, when the kids want to play you need a decent size back yard for them to enjoy, so you need to look for a space that is big enough for everything you want, but manageable enough to meet your time constraints.
A nice lawn, for example, is an easy to handle feature, as is a patio, or most popular of all, why not fit in a deck where you can enjoy the summer and also spend those warm evenings outside? It’s not a difficult DIY job, but you get even better results – and at surprisingly affordable rates – if you engage the professionals.
Access – you want to be able to get in and out of yosur garden with ease, so make sure it is directly attached to the house. Some properties have plots that are separate – it’s not common but it does happen – so check your access rights (and those of others) if you are unsure. You want your yard to be private, after all!
That’s a few tips we have in what to look for when buying a home, and we reckon there are many more. Start here and check for more, and you’ll soon have a checklist that allows you to make sure you have the ideal home for you and your family.