In this robust and fast-paced market, it can be a stressful exercise when looking for a property to buy. However you can minimise that stress by firstly taking the time to compile a list of exactly what you are looking for in a property before your search starts. This will speed up your search by keeping you focussed and ensure properties you end up visiting meet your needs.
As well as the usual number of bedrooms, general location and price range, also consider the following:
- How long do you intend to have this next property for, and how will your needs change over that time?
- If your lifestyle is changing, look at the space requirements for new hobbies which can require either separate indoor or outdoor areas.
- Be realistic about how much time you have for maintaining various areas of a new property. A large immaculate garden takes a lot of work, but is great if gardening is a favourite or developing hobby.
- Where do you need to be? Do you need to be close to schools, medical care, vets, recreation facilities, shopping, or even other family members?
Having developed this list to clarify your real property needs, use it as the basis of a discussion with your local Harcourts property professional. The better they understand your needs, the more options they will be able to provide you with to help achieve your property buying goal.
Be prepared to think a little creatively about your property needs. For example if you won’t need that extra bedroom for a couple of years yet, consider a property where you will have the space and finances to add that room later