Contributed post by Samantha Garbett
Ok, so you’re thinking of upping sticks and moving somewhere else, and there is a whole host of things that you need to think about.
In fact, we could never fit them all into this post, and we won’t even try. But we’ve chosen four things that should definitely be considered, just in case you’ve let something slide by mistake.
And that’s natural when you’re a parent; you have enough to remember. We’ll let you off.
1. Have you thought about your budget in depth?
So you may have done the financial basics, such as getting your house valued (if you haven’t done that yet, click here), but have you thought about all of your finances in depth?
What will the bills be like on the new house you want to purchase, and what are the moving costs? Don’t bite off more than you can chew, and keep a bit of your budget for other things that you need to pay for.
You’ll regret it if you don’t.
2. What is nearby?
Yes, you may like the area of your new home, but have you considered how long it would take your children to get to school?
Make sure you’ve evaluated everything about the nearby area; consider where stores, petrol garages and even police departments are.
You don’t want to move in and have a surprise when you find out that the store next to your house closes all weekend, and the nearest one is 40 kilometers away.
3. What changes will you need to do?
Before you purchase your house and move straight in, you may want to go in with a professional who can give you a full survey about what changes need to be made, and whether the house is structurally sound.
Yes, it may look brilliant, but who knows what hides underneath, and it may prove difficult to examine the roof by yourself.
Be realistic with what changes you can afford to do, but make sure you know what they are before you hand any money over.
4. Do your kids like it?
Don’t make the mistake of excluding your kids from decision-making when it comes to buying a new property.
They have to live there too! Of course, don’t let them take control over what it is that you’re looking for. But listen to them, and take them to house viewings with you some of the time.
They’ll find the experience exciting, and will feel like they’ve contributed to your new home together. This will help every member of your family to settle in properly.
So there we have it, four things to consider when you’re purchasing a new home, to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible.
Think about your budget properly, know the low-down when it comes to the nearby area, and make sure that your kids love it, too. Oh, and don’t forget to talk to a professional, to save yourself the time and effort of finding out problems yourself.
Good luck house hunting!