People say that there’s no place like home. For homeowners, this saying stands true because their homes are where they relax and unwind after a tiring day. Houses are very sentimental and crucial to people because they worked hard to own and live in their dream homes.
Wouldn’t it feel like you already won in life once you finally have your dream house? For most people, it takes years or even decades of hard work, sacrifices, and persistence to purchase their dream homes. But even though it seems easy to buy your dream home once you have the money, looking for the right house is as hard as dating.
Since you’ll be making a huge purchase that you’ll live in for a long time, it’s crucial to look into every detail of a home. I know there’s pressure in looking for the perfect home that will meet people’s standards of how a house should look because of the internet. But at the end of the day, you’re the one who’ll be living in your home, that’s why you should only consider the things that will work for you.
If you’re already in the phase in your life where you’re scouting for your dream home, you’re only a few steps closer to living in your future house. To help you, here are five tips to consider when looking for your dream home.
1 – Consider the location very well.
First, let’s start with the ‘heart’ of your dream home: its location. The location of your home is one of the most critical aspects you should consider before buying a house. Since this will be where you’ll likely live for the rest of your life, you have to consider its proximity to critical establishments you need.
It’s wise to choose a location where supermarkets, pharmacies, hospitals, schools, and malls are accessible. If you plan to have children someday, the proximity of the schools should be on your priority list. Having a grocery and hospitals nearby is a must, too. You’ll never know when emergencies will happen, so choose a place near almost any establishment.
Whether you want a house in the city, the suburbs, or the countryside, make sure you choose a location accessible to establishments. If you can, I’d recommend working with real estate agents from different companies to get the best advice for your preferred needs and location.
2 – Never spend more than your allotted budget.
When scouting for your dream home, there are times when you’ll want to add thousands of dollars more for a larger property. But even though it’s tempting to add a ‘small amount’ for a bigger home, don’t you think you’ll need those extra thousands for other essential things? When you feel tempted to spend more than your allotted budget, ask yourself that question.
Most of the time, you’ll see houses that offer more than you need. And when you’re scouting, there are moments when you’ll feel like you need every single thing you see in a big house. But the thing is, do those features meet your life plan? Most of the time, you’re just getting caught up in the moment of fantasising about how those unnecessary features would be beneficial.
Remember, there are other things you’ll need to make your house a home. Those few thousand dollars can be handy for furniture and appliances instead. Again, never spend more than your allotted budget.
3 – Consider the structure, condition, and age of the house.
Some people prefer buying old houses to newly built ones. Why? Because many people believe that the materials of old houses are better and sturdier than the ones we use today. Also, some love living in a house with a long and rich history.
On the other hand, many people prefer to live in a newly built house, where they can start with a clean slate and fill it with memories. Whether you’re looking for an old or new property, always consider the current structure, condition, and age. Even with new houses, ask your real estate agent about their age and year of construction.
You might want to bring an engineer during your ocular visit. That way, you can get their honest and professional opinion about the property’s condition. Remember, you’ll be spending a massive amount on this purchase. So, it’s reasonable to know the condition of your future home.
4 – Ask yourself, does every room and area in the house serve a purpose?
Today, the concept of minimalism has been taking over many people’s lives. And frankly, minimalism works and helps many to keep and buy things they only need. Many people live in a massive house alone. Some don’t use those extra spaces and become their visible stock rooms over time.
With that, ask yourself, does every room or area in the house I’m scouting serve a purpose? If not, it could be better to look for another property with the rooms you need for a more reasonable price. Again, sooner or later, an area without purpose could only become your visible stock room.
Also, wouldn’t it be harder to maintain a bigger house? If you only need two to three rooms, I recommend sticking with your needs instead of going for the “picture-perfect” home.
5 – If there are areas you want to renovate, ask yourself if it is necessary or not.
Last but not least is: if there are areas you want to renovate, ask yourself if it is necessary or not. There can be moments when you’ll visualise how a property could look better with a renovation. But often, those ideas are only your “wants” and not a “need.”
With that, always try to stay rational and practical when you’re mind’s full of aesthetic ideas. Remember, your dream home does not have to look like a celebrity’s home. What’s important is that you are comfortable, happy, and feel rested in your house.
Also, you don’t have to incorporate “Instagram-worthy” designs just because it’s famous. It’s your home, so you style it the way you want. Better to consider allotting that for a home appliance or furniture you can enjoy if the renovation would cost you a lot of money.
Try your best not to buy a house based on society’s standards of how a home should be.
Hopefully, my five simple tips will be helpful to your house-hunting journey. Finding the perfect home can be challenging. But never buy a property you don’t like, only to impress your family and friends. Remember, it’s your money, your home, so it’s your choice. I hope you try your best not to buy a house based on society’s standards of how a home should be. Because if you fall for that, then would that still be your dream home? Good luck on your house-hunting journey!
About the author:
Bianca Banda is a writer for Bennett Property, one of the largest and most successful real estate agencies offering a full range of property services, including sales, leasing and development.