While you most probably love your current home, if your family has outgrown it, it might be time to think about moving to a new property. Although moving is probably, the best thing for your family, there is no doubt about it, moving house is incredibly stressful.
Not only is there finding the perfect property to worry about, there is also the worry of finding a buyer for your current home. Not to mention the cost of packing up and transporting your belongings, and the fear of your property’s sale falling through.
To help reduce your pre-moving stress levels, we have put together a guide to how to choose the perfect home for you and your family:
Choose a property that’s affordable
The key to finding the ideal property is choosing a new home that is affordable. Don’t fall into the trap of buying a house that you can’t afford, it might be your ‘dream’ home, but overspending will cause problems in the long run.
Speak with your estate agent and tell them how much your can afford to spend – ask them only to show you properties within your price range. It is also important that you take into consideration the amount of money you will need to improve a property after you buy it, as well as the initial cost of the property.
Pick a property that is well suited to your needs
After taking your finances into account, the second most important thing is to choose a property that is well suited to the needs of you and your family.
How many bedrooms with your home need to have? Does the property need to have a garden? How many parking spaces do you need? What type of area would you like the property to be located in – is there a particular school or town the property must be near? These are all important things to consider before choosing a property to move into.
Be willing to compromise
While it is important only to invest in a property if you are 100% sure it is right for you and your families needs, it is also important to compromise if necessary.
For example, if you have a large family and need a big home, but can’t afford to buy a conventional property, you could consider investing in prefabricated homes instead. Or, if you want to live in a particular area and want a large garden, you may need to compromise on one or the other.
Make sure the transport links are good
This is especially important if you or your partner don’t drive and use public transport to commute and get around. Before agreeing to buy a property, make sure to check what transport the area has – buses, trains, taxis, etc., and how reliable these modes of transport are.
Before investing in a new property, make sure to do all the adequate research and check that the area, you are moving to is suitable for you and your family. As well as the neighbourhood where the property is located.