Home Buying Tips for First Time House Hunters


Home buying can be daunting, to say the least, especially if you’re new in the game and haven’t been through the process before. However, if you approach the process with a clear mind and a good idea of what you want and what to expect, it can be exciting and a personal victory like no other. Here are some tips to keep in mind when purchasing a home for the first time, whether alone or with a partner.

Location

Taking time to think about what exactly you want out of your immediate space is going to play a big role in your overall happiness in your new home.

The type of purchase you make (such as a house, an apartment, or a plot of land) and the suburb and area in which you make the purchase are key considerations.

You could look at buying the land in a specific area and building a property on it or you could consider looking at something like house and land packages, Sunbury which would combine the cost of both into one process.

Some other important aspects to consider when thinking about the location of your home is the safety of the area and whether there are good schools, stores, restaurants, parks and other important amenities nearby, and that they suit your and your family’s needs. 

Style

Making sure that your new home suits your style is a good idea for a forever-home purchase.

Unless you’re prepared to do a lot of renovating to change things up to suit your preferences, buying something that already fits the bill is your best bet, and the first step in this process is knowing your style and what you like and don’t like.

Before you start house-hunting, take some time to look through some different home design and décor styles with your family to see what you all agree on. 

Needs

One of the most important questions to ask yourself when viewing a house is whether or not it fits your and your family’s needs.

Consider things like whether it has enough bedrooms and space for guests, a suitable entertainment area if that forms part of your social life, office space for those who work from home, and a big enough yard and deck or space to build one for those who enjoy spending more time outdoors.

Even a home that may seem perfect in terms of style and size might be lacking in the finer details, so having a list of what you need before going in is a good step to take.

Have Fun

Finally, going into the process with a good attitude and open mind is the best way to ensure a positive experience and hopefully a positive outcome too.

Be aware that not everything is going to go according to plan, and know that you might have to make compromises especially within a family. Remember that the difficult parts of the journey will be worth it in the long term, so try to enjoy the experience as much as you can. 

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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