Deciding upon a home is not a decision to take lightly. It’s a long-term commitment, and involves a lot of money, so you need to be sure before settling.
The pressure can be tough, but there are some sure-fire indicators that you’ve found the home of your dreams.
Think you’ve found the right home but you’re not 100 per cent sure yet?
Here are five signs you’re ready to commit…
You can feel it!
Before reasoning comes into play, the first sign is usually an emotional reaction. If a house gets you excited, if you begin to imagine how you and your family will use the space, and you can see yourself living there for a long time, that’s often a good first indication.
It’s within your means
But emotions aren’t always the best judgement, and you need to think realistically about each house you inspect. Sure, the three-storey place with the swimming pool and the home theatre room might get you excited, but if those luxuries are going to come at the cost of more important things, it’s not the house you need.
When a house that’s within your budget gets you excited, that’s a good combination. If it’s beautiful but pricey, it might be best to wait.
It supports your needs (and some of your wants too)
Your dream home will contain the things you need, and may have some less-vital features you want. There will be specific things you are looking for in a home, and ideally, you should rank them as “wants” and “needs”.
Things you class as “needs” are the important things, and a house that lacks these will be low on your list, if still on it at all. If you have kids, for example, you can’t settle for a house without enough room.
“Wants” are the luxury features you’d like in a house, but are negligible. It shouldn’t be a deal breaker if a property doesn’t have a spa, for example, but if you find one within your budget that does, that’s a bonus.
The criteria for judging your dream home will vary between people, but if it’s big enough for the family, can support your hobbies or home businesses, and meets any other individual needs you may have, the property is a good way towards being your dream home.
You’re right next to everything you want
The features of the property itself aren’t the only factors of how appealing a house is – the location can be a huge deciding point, turning the same home from a dream into a nightmare.
A property may have everything you need and a lot of what you want, at a price that’s within your budget, but if the surrounding area doesn’t also support your needs, you might have to keep looking.
If you have kids, or are planning for them in the future, having schools in close proximity is important, as are local shopping facilities – no one wants to drive twenty minutes every time they need bread and milk. And of course the community can also play a big role. If your new home is in an area full of people like yourself, feels welcoming and is pleasant to walk and drive through, the appeal of your home will increase.
Thankfully, developments like Selandra Rise are being built all around the country, and are specifically designed to provide that kind of lifestyle.
Location of the location
Beyond the immediate area around your home, where the community is located in relation to other suburbs and cities can also determine how “dreamy” your dream home is.
No matter how self-contained your little community was, it would be less appealing were it located in the desert, days away from any other urban areas. If you work in the Melbourne CBD, for example, you need to be within a commutable distance of your workplace, living too close to the city can be expensive, noisy and cramped. If you looked for property for sale in Berwick or similar areas, you’re more likely to find a place with the characteristics that make it a dream home.
Michael Irvingis a freelance writer and soon-to-be first home buyer. He was checking out property for sale in Berwick, but found places like Selandra Rise even more appealing.