Are you at the stage in your life where you are looking for your forever home? A ‘forever home’ is finding a space that suits your needs, adapting to your future. From location, to scope for extending, there are several points to consider as you tackle the daunting task of buying your perfect home. To find the right property that can grow with you, follow our advice below.
Location is always high in a buyer's priorities when searching for a home, when it comes to your forever home, it’s more important than ever. If you’re planning on staying at the property for an extended length of time then the right location is essential. If you’re planning on having children, you’ll need to consider the location to your preferred primary and secondary schools. Perhaps you would like to be close to work, or simply near family. Location plays a significant role in all aspects of your life and should be carefully considered when looking for properties to view.
Your budget isn’t just relevant for purchasing a property, there are obviously ongoing costs such as monthly bills, and maintenance that need to be considered. If you’re planning on sprucing up your interiors, or adding an extension this must all be thought of to truly make the most of your forever home. Be realistic on what you can afford now, and in the future if you’re planning on having children or retiring, as this all affects your budget long term.
Your home’s space and layout should always be of value to how you and your family live, both now and in the future. Ensure that your home has the space that you’re looking for, for example, required reception rooms for a playroom, an office, or space to extend if needed. The past year has shown us that things can change dramatically, many of us are now working from home, spending more time indoors and in our gardens. This has changed the way we look at our homes, we don’t just live there, we now play, work and entertain there.
What are the possibilities with your ‘forever home’? Is there scope to extend? Would increasing the space also increase its value? Knowing your properties potential in the future can help you decide if it’s right for you. Extending can offer you more space without the cost of purchasing a larger, more expensive home with additional costs, like stamp duty. If your plan is to extend look into this legally before you buy.
While none of us can predict the future, you can think about what your future plans are. Purchasing a property, particularly a ‘forever home’ is a big investment both financially and emotionally. Before you make this discussion have open and honest conversations with your partner, or family, to consider what your future may hold.
If you are looking for your ‘forever home’ talk to our team about your priorities and we can help you with your search. You can talk to us directly on 01223 811101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org