Getting a new place is always fun and the excitement and euphoria always find a way to anyone in this process. But don’t get too wrapped-up in fun— there’s another angle to be considered, especially knowing that you’ll be living in your new house for a long time. Buying a house is a serious decision to make and there are many important factors involved in the homeownership process. However, what we fear most is that we’ll end up forgetting something really important and get lost in the vastness and complexity of the issue. This is why we put together a little guide, so take a look and see if you have everything covered.
1. Cover your basics
There are some basics every new homeowner wants to have, starting from a certain number of rooms that are functional, depending on how many people will be moving in. Most families require a big main bathroom with several small ones.
Also, a large cupboard near the kitchen may be very important to some people. Basically, before seeing the room arrangement, make sure you’ve thought about this well before and you were able to imagine the life of your family in a home with this kind of layout. Think of the future before you buy and you’ll avoid a lot of headache in a year or two.
2. Pay attention to comfort
Having a place of your own will definitely be more comfortable than living with your parents or renting an apartment. Being more comfortable can involve various things such as having multiple bathrooms, a nice garage, practical backyard etc. If your first place doesn’t have enough storage, make sure to make some shelves, cabinets and built-in storage your first investment—it will pay off quickly.
3. Find experienced builders
If you’re building your home from scratch, you’re lucky, because you have the opportunity to create something completely custom that fits your needs, as long as you hire quality professionals to do the job. For instance, if you live in a sunny country like Australia and have kids, you might want a home that involves the use of passive solar energy and includes a popular open space plan.
If you turn to expert home builders in Sydney, they will always come to your aid and come up with a home that fits your needs to the T. Working closely with your builders will result in a lovely house that will serve you for generations.
4. Take a modern route
Getting your own place is an opportunity to change your lifestyle completely. Now’s the time to reinvent your whole life. Even if you don’t cook now, it’s good to have modern appliances in your kitchen because they will make your life easier in the future and create a more livable home. Also, it’s smart to buy a house equipped with smart security systems and surveillance. If your home doesn’t have those safety features, install them as soon as possible.
5. Watch out for invisible traps
When inspecting a potential home, be sure to check for some invisible traps. Wiring and plumbing are points that should definitely be checked before you choose to buy a property. Have a professional do the inspection, since it is not an easy task. Once you know what you’re dealing with exactly, you will be able to take necessary steps to remove any issues that might damage your house, thin out your wallet and even endanger your lives. Dealing with invisible issues today will ensure you have a happy and cost-effective future.
All in all, it’s very important to be thorough and have a solid plan. Don’t rush things and make sure you include your whole family into the process of planning. After you agree on everything you want, create a priority list with three categories – from a ‘’must’’, over a ‘’should’’ and finally a ‘’maybe’’. The first one should list all the things your first home definitely must have and the other two should have lower priorities.
After hiring an agent, make sure they hear you and understand what it is that you want, so they can do a good job and find you the home where you and your family can live happily ever after without any worries or unforeseen expenses.
Lilly Miller is a Sydney-based graphic designer and a passionate writer. Loves everything about home decor, art history and baking. Shares home with two loving dogs and a gecko named Rodney.