Buying a new home needn’t be a daunting task when you’re well prepared. Whether you’re trying to get onto the property ladder with your first home, or looking for your perfect place to retire, the same considerations will need to be taken into account. This post is a run-down of the important things to think about when trying to find the best property for you.
Working out your budget is the first hurdle involved in a house move. More often than not, you’ll find that you need to come to a compromise by reconciling the specifications of your dream home with what you can realistically afford. Ask yourself whether you want a ‘fixer-upper’ or a house you can walk straight into without having to make necessary improvements. There are plenty of online options and tools available to help you find a property that matches your specifications.
Research a shortlist of areas that meet your needs for the below criteria.
- Schools – getting kids into competitive school places can be difficult. If finding a good school is one of your priorities, do this well in advance of moving and check out multiple options in detail.
- Facilities – if you require special features or access due to a disability or any other requirement, look for places that already have adaptations or estate agents that can help you get what you really need.
- Amenities – being close to services like supermarkets, shops, post offices, healthcare, and banks, is a great advantage in towns and cities, especially if you have limited mobility.
- Transport – if you don’t have your own vehicle, make sure your desired area has good and regular public transport links that operate at times convenient for you.
- Accessibility – your dream home might be in a remote part of the country which could mean access can be difficult in winter when ice and snow can inhibit transport.
- Local area – things like being on a flood plain can really affect insurance and quality of life – consider local research to make sure an area is for you.
And Finally: Planning for the Future
When you think of your new house as an investment for your future, you’ll probably be considering what you’ll need a few years down the line. If you’re buying your first home you might be thinking about starting a family or getting a pet, so you’ll have to make arrangements for more space and facilities. It’s smart to plan for the future from the outset to save you having to make drastic changes down the line.