Whether you have decided to add another little one to your brood or your growing family needs more space, you might have decided to look for a new home.
Perhaps your current home doesn’t have enough bedrooms? Maybe you want to give your children a larger garden to run around in? Or, perhaps you want to ensure that you are in the catchment area for the best local schools? Whatever the reason for your move, you most probably want to make house hunting as easy and stress-free as possible. Am I right?
Before you start looking for the ideal property, it’s a good idea to get your budget sorted. It’s also a good idea to create a list of the things that the property must have, and the things that you would like it to have. That being said, it’s important to bear in mind that you may have to compromise on some of these things.
House hunting can be stressful, especially when you don’t find that ‘perfect’ home right away. However, you can make things a little easier for yourself, and a little less stressful, by following the tips, below:
Choose the location
If you don’t already have an idea of where you want to move to, the first thing that you need to do is choose the location. However, when doing this, make sure to bear in mind that your budget will affect where you can and cannot move to.
If you are moving to ensure that you children get into the best schools, tell your estate agents that you only want to see houses in the catchment area.
Once you have chosen an area that you like, take a few days to drive around it. Visit a couple of times in the morning, at lunchtime, after school, and in the evening, to get an idea of what the area is like at different times.
Think about the condition of your new home
Think about the type of property that you want to move into. Ask yourself whether you want to move into a home that is decorated to a high-standard, or a home that needs some work doing to it.
If, for example, you are moving because you have a new baby on the way, you are probably looking for something that you can live in right away. New homes that have just been built are ideal for this, as they will have been decorated to a high-standard. Of course, you should expect to pay more for these than you would for an older house that needs some work doing to it.
When it comes to viewing properties, make sure that you go into each viewing with an open mind. Yes, the property that you are viewing may not be the right colour or may look a little old, but that isn’t important. What’s important is that the property has the right amount of bedrooms, a big enough garden, is in the right location, and is within your budget.
Don’t write any property off without taking the time to look around it. Take in the space on offer and imagine how you would use it – think about what you would use each room for. Try to picture your furniture in the property, ask yourself, is there enough space for everything? On top of buying a new house, you don’t want to have to invest in new furniture.
When it comes to looking for a new family home, things can be a little stressful. However, by simply following the tips above, you can make things much easier.
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I always think that location is key, as you can then make of your home what you want. Great tips.
Well hopefully we won’t need to get through this process for the next 20 years but definitely when we bought our house last year location was key. I think no matter how wonderful the house if it’s in a place you’re not happy with it just won’t work X #HomeEtc
It’s all about location for me too! Hopefully we now have our forever home xx
Great tips. We just moved home 160 miles away and had to select a home after only a couple of trips to an area we hardly knew! However I went for a village as that seemed best for us – and catchment area for good schools was key. Thanks for sharing! Much appreciated lovely 🙂 Jess xx
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Thanks for sharing! Much appreciated lovely 🙂 Jess xx
I *know* that we’ll probably move again in the next 10 years. In fact, I’m pretty sure of it and — instead of feeling stressed — I just feel excited!!
I love house buying and moving so much! The excitement of a different home to run around, when you first get the keys is one of the most exciting things ever for me!!! 🙂 Thanks so much linking in with us on #HomeEtc — we really do appreciate it 🙂
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