If you are in the process of buying your first home or wondering whether to take the next step up the property ladder, you are probably wondering whether you will ever be able to find the perfect property. Whether you are looking for a sprawling suburban mansion or condos for sale near Litchfield Park, many of us have a rose-tinted vision of house hunting when the truth is that selling and buying properties can be one of the most stressful experiences that you will go through.
If you are on the lookout for your dream home, here are some easy ways to help you to narrow down your options.

Set a budget

The world is your oyster when it comes to searching for the perfect home if you have a vast or unlimited budget. However, most of us do not have that option, and it places more restrictions on you.
Before you start envisioning where you are going to put your couch or which bedroom you are going to have in a home that’s way out of your financial league, it’s best to set a realistic budget. It is important to remember that moving isn’t just about stumping up the purchase price, but all the extra fees with attorneys and surveys, renovation or redecoration costs and the cost of physically moving to consider too. Get some firm mortgage offers on the table, and then you can start your search.

Choose a location

The next thing to consider once you have got a budget in mind is where you are going to buy. Some people are sure that they want to live in a particular area while others are much more flexible. Your choice of location may depend on many different factors. If you have children, the proximity to good schools and other family members may be your priority. If you commute to work, you may want to find somewhere that doesn’t mean you spend most of the day on a train or sitting in traffic. Consider your preferred location carefully. If you can find something within the search area, that’s brilliant news. If you can’t afford it or there are very few properties available, consider widening your net slightly.

Work out your priorities

You’ve chosen a location, and you’ve set a maximum budget. Now, it’s time to focus on finding a home that ticks as many boxes as possible. Think carefully about what is most important to you. Do you want a large garden or a spacious family kitchen? Do you need a spare bedroom or would you rather have extra space downstairs? Are you hoping to run a business from home or a garage a must-have? Write a list, and start working you through potential options. If something is essential, this will help you to rule properties that don’t match your requirements out. If you’re willing to compromise on some things, but not others, this should help you to draw up a shortlist.

If you’re hoping to buy a new house, you may be thinking about how you’re going to find that perfect property. Before you begin looking, there are lots of things you can do to rule out unsuitable candidates. Set a budget and choose a location. Once you’ve done this, work out your priorities, and arrange some viewings at properties that seem like they tick most of the boxes. Go back and have a second look if you fall head over heels and look out for the home that gives you that feeling.

Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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