There are just a few crossroad moments in life but what we choose then can have tremendous lifelong effects. When it comes to meaningfulness none is more so than purchasing your family’s first home (well, maybe second to choosing if/when to become parents). This most significant of purchases may prove to be one of your most inspired decisions OR one of your biggest mistakes. Should you go for stylish London or rustic Essex? Should you opt for a shiny, new home or a used home but with some history behind it? Should you get a house that’s closer to the shopping centers or somewhere in the suburbs, where it’s quieter? It all comes down to one thing: (no, not luck!) research. If you’re like me then you enjoy being spontaneous and going with the tide but, trust me, this is not one of those situations where that strategy is even an option. I decided to put together a few pointers which I hope you’ll find helpful.
Talk to your spouse
I simply cannot stress enough how crucial this step is. But I will give it a shot. First and foremost, when it comes to taste, likes or dislikes people, even if married for 50+ years, are rarely on the same page. Ask your spouse to describe his/her dream home to you. Then do the same yourself. If most of the aspects concur then you’ve struck gold. If not, find your common ground and aim to fulfill it. Attention: always leave some room for debate and be ready to make adjustments if need be.
See what the Web says
What I mean by this is take your time and discover the price range you are looking at, giving your agreed outcome (see 1.). Also, keep an eye on housing prices in different counties. For instance, if you find that the prices are a little out of range in Essex you could try searching similar homes in Yorkshire (is usually cheaper).
Hire a realtor
Do yourself a favor and hire someone who knows all about the best properties in the region. You don’t have to pay anything for the services and you’ll have someone on your side to help you.
Find respected builders in the area (skip this if buying used home)
Once you’ve decided it’s time to research available builders, the services they provide and the fees for which they provide them. Moreover, ask around for reputed tradesmen then pick 2-3 solid options. If you live in Essex, it’s great, as you’ll be able to find many professional builders in Essex area.
Meet the community
I intentionally left this one for last, so that it will remain with you longer. Think about it, you and your spouse will be living inside that community for a long time. Furthermore, your children will grow up in that community. You wouldn’t want yourselves to feel out of place, would you? Get to know the people, find what their beliefs and principles are. And trust your instincts. The community will also recommend the best building contractors to work with.
I honestly hope I’ve managed to be insightful (I tried) and, hopefully, make your decision a little bit easier. Until next time…