Finding the Perfect House
Finding the perfect house can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. So many variables need to come together to turn a prospective house into the perfect home. While sometimes it can be easy to become disheartened during a lengthy property search, make it easier to find a perfect house by clarifying everything you want from a property before arranging a viewing.
Tips on How to Find the Perfect House
• Before you even think of embarking on the hunt for the perfect house, it’s vital to be realistic. Set an appropriate maximum budget for the property and stick to it – searching for properties beyond your means may only lead to disappointment.
• Next, it’s time to settle on a style. The age of the house may affect your budget – an older house may require a lot more work, while an ultra modern, contemporary home may well contain many hidden costs. Consider each era of housing and decide which style suits your tastes. Bear in mind that the use of space can differ significantly between eras.
• Focus on your internal requirements, as this will help you narrow down the search for the perfect house. Aside from the amount of bedrooms, reception rooms etc, it’s important to focus on any unique features you may desire – this could include a study, annexe, conservatory, loft or land. Including specific requests in your search criteria may help you to zone in on that perfect house.
• Judging the location correctly could be all important when searching for a dream house. While you may have always dreamed about the rural idyll, have you considered the isolation factor? Similarly, that dream bachelor pad in the heart of the city may not be so appealing once the post-club crowd have passed your bedroom window a couple of nights in a row. Weigh up what type of lifestyle really matches your personality – not the vision of what you would hope it to be.
• Study local news and history to analyse what impact local developments may have on your property. In some cases, that property just off a quiet B road may turn into a nightmare investment if there is a major building project nearby with the potential to attract double the traffic to the area. Regeneration projects can have a significant bearing on your long term enjoyment of a house and area. Use websites such as Up My Street to analyse prices and crime rates in the vicinity.
• Finally, two pieces of advice that may seem to contradict each other but, put into practice, make perfect sense. Don’t limit your options – try and view as many ‘perfect houses’ as possible to strengthen your opinion of your own likes and dislikes. However, if you succeed in finding a house of your dreams don’t wait around – you will always carry that sense of regret if another buyer gets there first.
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