The idea of a dream home varies from person to person; your one friend may talk about owning a penthouse in London, whereas you may love a petite cottage in the countryside. Despite your preference, your dream home should have the capacity to support you and your family for the foreseeable future, and so it is important to do a lot of research before pursuing “the one”. Here are 10 tips we recommend you try:
#1 – Making a List & Checking it Twice
Before starting your search, it is best to really think what you want. You are probably used to finding properties that match your needs, but now it is time to look at your wants. Get together with your family and create a list of features you would all like in your dream house. It is important to make compromises with this as not everyone will agree on certain features. Also, be realistic – You probably won’t find a house with a helicopter pad on the roof!
#2 – Online Research
Now you have a vague understanding of what you would like in your dream home, it’s time to do some research. You can use a popular search engine such as Google to see what areas are nice to live in or read this blog post written by the BBC on the best places to live in 2017 for an idea of location.
You can also take a look at reputable property finders online and compare different properties to get a better idea of what is available to you. Take a look at properties which are outside of your criteria also – You might surprise yourself!
#3 – Chat with a Local Professional
Online research is efficient, however, your best bet is to go straight to the professionals. Estate agents across the UK will be able to point you in the right direction towards your dream home. They have a lot of experience in the field, and so a chat with them is very valuable in your journey to finding the right home.
Take a look at estate agents local to you, such as:
#4 – Find 5 Properties that Match Your Criteria
Now, with your knowledge (or an estate agent of your choice), you should be ready to find a few properties that really stand out to you. Remember not to forget your original criteria! We recommend scouting the market for at least 5 potential properties. Why? Because it allows you to broaden your horizons. By having more potential properties it ensures that you keep an open mind in this process, which is a good thing.
#5 – Do You Have the Money?
This question is obvious yet often overlooked by most home hunters. Before taking the leap of purchasing your dream home, look at the expenses required. It is important to stay with what you are comfortable with, and not overstep your boundaries when purchasing your home.
#6 – Be Realistic
No home is perfect. When hunting for your dream home, be ready to make compromises with it. No, a potential house may not have a cinema room, however, you can watch movies on a reasonably sized television. We think it is important to focus more on the atmosphere of the house than its specific features.
#7 – Multiple Home Inspections
When searching for your home, ensure that you have multiple visits to potential homes, at all times of the day. A property may have faults that only come out at night (for example, a noisy road), or the neighbourhood may not be as safe as you once thought it was. Take this into consideration when visiting houses.
#8 – Neighbourhood Watch
Getting your dream house is important, however, look at the neighbourhood you are in also. Do your potential neighbours seem friendly or unpleasant? Remember you might be living the rest of your life next to them, so it is important to get to know what they are like.
#9 – Home Equity
It is recommended that you look into the return on investment of your new home. Think about how much money you will put into this house, and how it will affect the overall cost of the property (maybe you will build that helicopter pad after all!). Note that house value does not increase overnight. It is a process which takes time, which you will have plenty of if this is your dream home.
#10 – Buy the Property!
Properties come on and off the market every day. If you have found your dream home then go get it, and enjoy every day in it. By following all of the tips in this post, you should have a very good idea of which property is for you. Whatever house you have purchased, now is the time to relax. Home hunting is a tiring process.
What is in your dream home? Does it have a large swimming pool or a beautiful view over the city? Comment on this post to let us know!