How to choose your next house

You’ll probably know if you are ready to move. You may have run out of space or perhaps it is simply time for a change. You may well have even been looking around for a while. There’s a lot to do and much to consider. One the biggest questions you will face will be what type of home should you buy? A few thoughts and prompts that might help that process are:

Assess your needs

Are you looking for more space or less? On the other hand, some people simply want to pick up their existing house and move to a new location. If that is you, then you will already know exactly what you are looking for – but be wary of trying to recreate exactly what you have. You might have to make some compromises! Then again, you might find somewhere you like better, so it’s always worth looking!

Are you looking to increase the amount of space? Do you need extra bedrooms for example? What are your priorities? It can be a good idea to make a list of the things that are important to you, such as a garden or options for an ensuite bathroom.

List the things that you like about your current home and the things that have become a bit of a nuisance. Include external factors such as location. Do you like where you are, but simply need a bigger house? Have you considered an extension for example? Maybe schools are an issue or, the daily commute to work has become a bit of a nightmare. These are all factors that you need to take into consideration.

If you are looking to downsize then, you will have different needs. You might be ready to give up the garden. You might be prepared to move into a smaller living space with fewer bedrooms. Could you cope with an apartment? Or would a bungalow be more suitable?


What type of house?

The vast majority of homes that are bought and sold are existing homes. Again, asking some pertinent questions can help you decide which type of home is best for you. Are you up for a renovation? This can be a great way to add capital and even remodel an existing house to suit your needs. It can be messy and time-consuming. If you don’t have the time for DIY, you might prefer a home where all the hard work has been done.

Have you thought about building your dream home? Some people find that this is an ideal choice. You will need to buy a plot of land. If the land has existing planning permission, you will be able to engage a contractor, and build your own home. This can be a really rewarding project.

Many people like the idea of a new home but don’t want the hassle of building. There are some excellent specialist new build homes coming onto the market with modern design themes and touches. In fact, some are so high spec, it is like moving into a designer home. Avant Homes are an example of a company leading the way with this sort of approach. These homes are often available with the Help To Buy package and as such are very affordable.

Choosing a new home can be a challenging task. After all, it is a big decision that you will be living with for a few years at least. Let your decision make sense for you but most of all, choose the home that will make you happy.

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