Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you will make in life, and it really is worth doing the homework to ensure you get it right. Too many people rush in to buying homes, which could ultimately prove to be an expensive and timewasting blunder. Here are our top tips for finding your perfect home:
Pinpoint your perfect location
Yes, you may have found that picture-perfect home a few hours away from family and friends, but is that really where you want to be? Once the novelty of the scenic horizon wears off or your commute to work has been doubled. What then?
Pick your ideal location, set a budget and see what’s out there!
Plan for the long-term
If you are a first time buyer, you might just want to get your foot on the property ladder and move on in a couple of years. But most people end up living in their homes for many years, and it is vital to factor that in. If you don’t buy a home that is future-proofed, you can end up having to move more frequently, which is incredibly expensive.
Does it have enough space for you and your growing family? Is there the possibility of extending the property? Take a look here to see if you could use Kiwisaver for your first home.
Does it have potential?
Sometimes finding your perfect home takes a little bit of vision. Would painting or new flooring turn it into your dream home? How about a kitchen or bathroom remodel? Your perfect home could only be a few fix-ups away.
Check out the Harcourts Bluebook
If you’re looking for your next home, the Harcourts Southern Lakes & Central Otago Bluebook is out now. It’s a great way to see some of the regions most desirable properties in one place. The Harcourts Bluebook is one of the first places buyers look when browsing for property. Don’t miss your chance to view and purchase your dream home – take a look at our new digital Bluebook here.