Consider These Four Things When Looking For A New Home

You might be in the process of buying your first home or selling your current one and moving elsewhere. There are many factors to consider when looking for a new home and lots of things to consider. Listed below are four of the top concerns people have when buying a house. 

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Area

The first thing to consider and think long and hard about is the area that you want to move to. If you have children or are wanting them in the future you should be checking local nurseries and schools. It may also be useful to speak to any people you see in the neighbourhood to get their view on the schools. Family-friendly neighbourhoods tend to have everything you need locally. For example, playgrounds, shops, and clubs. 

When researching different areas be sure to check the crime rate of each one. This gives you a general idea of how much crime happens and what type of crime. Muggings or car theft for instance. 

New or Old

Once you have chosen your area you need to decide if you wish to purchase a new build or an old home that has already been lived in by other people. A lot of people prefer old houses as they offer a lot more character than the plain four walls of new homes. There are pros and cons to both options, old homes offer more soundproofing than new ones. New homes have the upper hand on being cheaper to run. 

If you are buying a home that is in the process of being built take a look at some display homes if they are available. This gives you a general idea of what your home will look like when it’s complete. 

Size

Another important factor to consider is the size of the home you wish to purchase. You should already have an idea of how many rooms you want within your home. You might have a preference for more than one bathroom or three bedrooms for instance. One thing to remember is the more rooms the higher the price. Size doesn’t just come down to the internal space, it also matters with the garden and exterior. There is no point in having a lovely big house with a tiny garden, especially if you have children running around. 

Remember that a home isn’t just for the here and now, it is also for the future. You might want to start a family or expand your existing family. Make sure you think about this when planning the number of bedrooms. 

Price

Finally, it is worth mentioning here. The price of your new home should really be the first thought that comes to mind when house hunting. You should have already worked out how much you have available for your new home. Whether you are buying it outright or putting a deposit down for a mortgage. 

Usually, buyers will come down a little from the asking price, however, if the home you want is in an affluent neighbourhood then prices can go well over the asking price. Be prepared for all eventualities and you will get the house of your dreams.

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