Whether it’s your first purchase, or one of many, the house hunting process can be quite daunting and a little overwhelming. Don’t forget to take a step back and pat yourself on the back to be able to make such a commitment – you’re doing great!
We’ve pulled some tips together to consider when house hunting, taking into account the fact that whilst in many ways choice in the housing market fluctuates, too much choice can also throw us off track.
Set your budget
There is absolutely nothing wrong with ‘champagne thinking’, but in many cases, this is often met with ‘prosecco budgets’ and with this is mind, it’s time to get thinking about what your maximum budget is. Don’t stretch yourself too far, as whilst having a beautiful home is a thing of dreams, we all still need to live and enjoy life! Think about keeping some in the reserve for a rainy day – there are lots of costs associated with being a homeowner, many of which aren’t anticipated.
Create a list of essentials
Determine what is desirable and what is absolutely essential. For example, a garden may be desirable to some and essential to others. Think about your list in context, and how much you are willing to compromise for a great price, or location. Once you have this clear in your mind, your shopping around should become a little easier. Of course, this could all change when met with a property you weren’t quite expecting, and in this case – follow your gut!
Research the locations you would consider moving to, check out the local towns and shopping centres. Think about how far your local shop is for a pint of milk on a Sunday morning, as these things contribute to how long you are happy and comfy in your home. Think forward, do you plan on adding to the family? If so, it may also be worth looking at schools in the area and local parks and activities.
One viewing will not be enough. Visit the property during the day, and also at night – to get a feel for the neighbourhood, the parking situation and the general feel of the area. Ask to walk the property on your own, so you can get a feel for the place and begin to visualise yourself there. Don’t forget to ask as many questions as you like.