Home hunting for a new home is a deeply rational process (until it isn’t). Figuring out if you can afford the home or not is usually one of the first questions you’ll ask yourself. Considering school catchment areas, transport links, crime rates, local shops and services are all statistics and conveniences that you’ll have to consider.
There’s also a hidden layer of decision-making that happens when viewing a potential new home. It’s that gut feeling that tells you ‘yes, I could live here.’ If you don’t have that feeling in your gut, you might as well reject a property, despite having no real ‘valid’ reason to do so. I’ve ignored this gut feeling in the past and lived to regret it.
With all that in mind, consider these questions you might ask yourself before deciding on any new home:
Are There Any Hidden Issues I Need To Know About?
It’s not uncommon for homeowners to select and purchase a home only to realise there is a myriad of issues that could potentially cause a real problem. This is where you might realize that your budget is going to have to be stressed before you can comfortably live in the property. This is why it’s so important to hire a home inspector to ensure everything is in tip-top shape before you move in. It can also be worthwhile to find properties that are pretty much certain to not have hidden issues due to how well they have been constructed, or because of how recent they are. For example, these new homes for sale could potentially help you find something perfect for your needs without the extra headache on top. Whether you are buying or renting, do your research and due diligence in advance!
How Secure Is The New Home?
Your new home needs to be secure. Not all homes have the exact same security needs of course. Some might have strong gates preventing easy access from the street, some might not. Some might have alleyways or avenues between houses that allow a potential trespasser more hidden room to clamber over a fence at night. Considering first how secure the property might be, and how you could potentially improve those security solutions is essential if you hope to protect your home and family as much as they might deserve. I’m not a fan of dark alleyways and so on, therefore, would never choose a property with these as I know I’d end up regretting it down the road.
What’s Going On In The Area?
It could be that late gentrification, the planned build of hundreds of homes nearby, or the construction of a new main road near your potential home all deter you from a certain environment. You might not realise how loud you can hear the traffic until you’ve taken a few viewings. Simply being aware of the local area and how it might influence your property can be the first most important implement to get right here. We nearly took a house on a few years ago but a quick check online showed us that the adjoining property has planning permission pending to convert the property and the outside to make it a B&B. This put us off and we went elsewhere.
With these tips, you’ll be sure to make the wisest home-buying or renting decision.