Find Your Dream Home This Year
Is this the year you find your dream forever home? It could be—if you take the right steps. Here are our tips for making this the year you find your forever home (and buy it!).
- Truly know what your dream home entails
Your true dream home is the one you’re going to be happy in for the rest of your life. It’s not necessarily a cartoonish mansion. Instead of making a list of what it “must” have and what it doesn’t need, consider just making a list with your priorities in descending order. As you view homes and cross reference what’s available with your budget and this list, you’ll be able to refine what your “dream home” really is.
- Don’t forget about knowing the neighbourhood
As is often repeated in property circles—location, location, location! Many home buyers still place too much emphasis on a home’s current features versus the neighbourhood it’s in. Remember, many features can be added to your home over time (and if it’s a dream home, you’re planning to be there a while!). But there’s not much you can do if it’s in the wrong neighbourhood. Really explore the area when looking at potential homes.
- Be ready to sell
Finding a dream home is sometimes the easy part of the process. Selling your current home, on the other hand, might be a bit more of a challenge—but it’s just as necessary! Talk with estate agents in your area to determine what will make your home most ready for sale. For example, a fresh coat of paint inside and out might make your home far more attractive, for a relatively small investment. You can also do a bit of research by looking up your own postcode on Rightmove or Zoopla to get an idea for average prices and what similar properties are like outside and in.
Conservatories are another great way to add value when it’s time to sell your home. They’re quick and easy to install as you needn’t have planning permission in most areas, and they’re relatively inexpensive. Plus, not only do they make your home more attractive to a broader range of buyers, but they also, on average, offer a greater than 100% return on investment.
Another quick way to make your home more attractive to buyers is to revamp the front garden. Simply by tidying up and removing dead plants can amp up your home’s curb appeal and make it more welcoming.
Another way to add space and appeal to your home is by having a loft conversion done. Like conservatories, many loft conversions don’t require a lot of red tape in the form of planning permission.