Moving is easier said than done. How can something that seems so simple be so darn difficult? All you have to do is find a new home, and move into it. The problem is that there are so many homes out there, in so many different places, with so many different features. How do you find the perfect home for you?
Straight away, I can tell you from experience that it’s much easier to move home when you narrow down your options. Create a few parameters that you deem to be essential, and you can start filtering through all the property offerings. What things should you concern yourself with when looking for a perfect home? Well, read this list, and you’ll soon find out.
Finding The Perfect Home To Move Into
What Type Of Home Are You After?
The first question to ask yourself is what type of home are you looking for? Are you searching for a nice family home? Or do you want a small condo just for yourself? There are so many different types of property out there. Your first step is deciding which ones interest you the most.
A family home can be pretty much classified as anything that’s fit for you to raise your family in. Here, you’re mainly looking at different houses with multiple bedrooms, a garden, a garage, etc. You can view TJLamb.com for more visual examples of a typical family home if you’re struggling to picture it in your mind. This type of property is probably what the majority of you will look for.
Apartments or condos are more suitable for people living on their own or with someone else. It’s rare you’ll see an entire family move into a condo, they’re usually popular for retirees or young working people. Some families do live in apartments if they’re looking for a cheaper option to a typical family home.
Regardless, your first decision revolves around the type of perfect home you want to move into. This ensures you don’t waste time looking at apartments if you’re only interested in a house, or vice versa.
Where Do You Want To Live?
The second question revolves around the location of your perfect home. Where do you want to live? Is there a particular place or setting you wish to move to? For me, this is possibly the most important question as it narrows your search down massively. Of course, there are loads of cities and areas to live all over the country, but I’ll try and talk about the different types of location out there.
Firstly, you have rural locations that are out in the country. I’m a big fan of country living, and it can be the perfect setting for a big family home. Will you suit the rural life? That depends. Are you happy being more closed off from modern society? Or do you desperately need to be close to a busy city?
If your life depends on being close to a city, then you’re looking for more urban settings. Urban properties are found in and around towns/cities, giving you immediate access to lots of things like schools, shops, hospitals, and so on. It might be an ideal choice for you, depending on your circumstances. There’s a really good article on keydifferences.com that explains the differences between living in urban/rural areas, which you may find interesting to read.
Then, you have things like living by a lake or living close to the sea. These are specific locations some people are looking for. Mainly, people who retire are looking for these types of locations as they want to move somewhere nice and relaxing. Furthermore, you have community settings like condo complexes, which some of you may be keen to look into.
Basically, ask yourself where you want to live. This helps you narrow down certain locations, making it much easier to find your dream home.
Are You Renting Or Buying?
Thirdly, you have to consider whether or not you’re renting or buying this new home. When people say they’re moving, it can mean anything. If you move into a rental property, then you’ve still moved into a new home, haven’t you? I find this question is something most people forget about when they move!
Naturally, you’ll find that your answer to the second question kind of plays into your answer to this question. Properties in rural areas are rarely up for rent. Country homes with land attached are normally for sale, meaning you’ll be looking to buy your perfect home if you choose to live in a rural area.
But, urban homes and many houses in other locations are commonly up for rent. Apartments are very much rental-based, so your options are more wide open if you choose to live in an urban setting.
How Much Are You Willing To Spend?
Next, ask yourself how much money you’re willing to spend on a new home. This sets your budget, ensuring you only concern yourself with homes in your price range.
Of course, you need to think about whether you’re renting or buying before setting your budget. Then, you can decide how much you’re willing to spend on monthly rent, or on the house price altogether.
It’s so important that you set a budget as this narrows your search even more. You won’t be wasting time looking at homes that are too expensive for you, which is an issue many people face. It can be hard to siphon through property listings as many realtors list the most expensive items first because they’re the coolest and the ones they really want to sell. With a budget, you can filter results to only show properties in your price range.
Ask yourself every question on this list, and you’ll soon create the parameters for your perfect home. Now, it should be much easier for you to create a shortlist of potential properties to move into. Once this is done, you’ve got the lovely negotiation phases – how great! For anyone renting a home, you’re lucky enough to not have to deal with this, but buyers beware, negotiating the contracts can be tricky! Anyway, I hope this article proved helpful, and you can now find the perfect home to move into.