It’s the holy grail of house buying – finding and reserving the perfect home where you can envisage you and your family staying for many years.
Many house-hunters hope to make a purchase sooner rather than later but, despite the best intentions, sourcing and purchasing an ideal property can often be a tricky, not to mention stressful and drawn-out business.
So how do you go about finding a dream property? Is there a way to make things easier and speed up procedures? What should you bear in mind when you’re looking to buy?
Before you start looking at properties, consider which location will be best for you and the family, not just now but as you grow older.
I always advise customers to research transport links. How close are you to essential road networks and motorways and what is the public transport system like? Are there bus services close by? Is the area served by a mainline train station?
Schools and other amenities, including shops, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities, are also important and will be a positive feature if you want to sell the property in future.
Green spaces or other attractions can also add value and make a location more desirable.
At the same time, it can be wise to invest in an area that is “up-and-coming”, and so about to become more desirable and profitable in future.
The arrival of new housing developments can hasten this process and become part of the wider regeneration plans.
Decide on Your Development
Once you have chosen a broad location, shop around for the kind of development that will suit you.
Consider house types, layout and owner types. If you have small children, you might want to live close to other young families. If you are downsizing or investing in your first home, you may want somewhere quieter.
Many developments offer landscaped and maintained public spaces or playground facilities. Find out more about these and how close they are to your potential property.
Also, is a view important? Are you looking for a countryside location?
Making it Work For You
Choosing a new-build property brings many advantages, especially when it comes to greater energy efficiency and low running costs.
Flexible modern layouts – designed to reflect the way people live today – can be hugely attractive too.
Experienced developers, such as Morris Homes, offer a wide range of interiors to meet the needs of modern families.
It’s worth making a list of any interior “must-haves” before you begin your search, considering things such as the number of bathrooms required and how you plan to use living space.
Do you want individual kitchen and dining spaces, or a single, larger area? What kind of storage space do you require? What about a garage?
Speak to your house builder about the type of properties and the fixtures and fittings available to see how they can help match you with a dream home.
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