THERE can be many different reasons for deciding to look for a new home. It can be as simple as wanting to live in a space that’s more your style and it can be as life-changing as needing a lot more space to welcome a new arrival to your family. Starting a house hunt is an exciting time, full of opportunity and promise, but it can also be a taxing process if you haven’t done the proper preparation.
To avoid having to spend weeks or even months scrolling through those listings, here are a few simple steps to make sure you get to where you want to be as quickly as possible.
Know Exactly Where You Want To Live
How many of us have spent the last year of the pandemic wishing we were somewhere completely different? Indeed, there have been reports of people driving hundreds of miles to visit properties in the UK. However, it’s not enough to know that you want to live “somewhere else.” Pinning down as exact a location as possible will save you a huge amount of time and energy.
Think about what your needs are when it comes to travel, work and schools. If you’re living in a major city, do you want to be close enough to the motorway to make driving easier, or is it important that you be close to public transport? If you’re looking out of town, how remote is too remote?
Have You Thought About A New Build?
Generally speaking, everyone looking to buy a home has a very clear of what kind of house they would like or, more likely, what they don’t want. One of the biggest issues that everyone making a tour of available homes will face is that you will to some extent be stuck with what the previous owners have done to the place.
With a new build home, it’s all about you. You will be the first ones to put your stamp on the new home, you can be a part of the decision making process. What’s more, a new home will be more energy efficient and considerably safer because it will be up to code on the latest building regulations. Muir Homes is a fantastic example of a company providing new homes in Aberdeenshire, Fife, Perthshire and beyond. You can even browse their houses in 3D to get a better idea of the opportunities available without having to get in the car.
Remember To Make A Budget And Stick To It
We all know that buying a new property is expensive, but it’s also a process where those costs can stack up quickly in unexpected ways. No one wants to move into a new home only to discover that they have gone far beyond what they can afford. So, before you start, be brutally honest with yourself about what you can afford to spend and just how much elasticity there is in your budget.
If you find that your expenses are starting to creep towards that no-go area, then just step away and start looking somewhere else. The effects of the pandemic have certainly had an impact on people with a mortgage, so avoid putting yourself in a position where your financial stability is jeopardised.