We often spend much time house hunting, looking for the perfect place to move to, yet what we are often searching for is a feeling of home – more so than the bricks and mortar we are looking around.
This feeling of home comes in many different guises, and is unique to everyone, yet it’s important to note that just because you buy a house does not mean you will necessarily feel at home there (at least not straight away) as home is something that must be created, rather than purchased.
There are many new homes for sale, which can be very attractive, particularly to first time buyers as new homes tend to come with far fewer maintenance problems than old homes – yet a common challenge people find is that of making their new house feel like a home.
In that vein, here are some things to check out before you purchase a new home in order to ensure it will soon start to feel like “home sweet home”…
- LIFE ESSENTIALS
Do you have decent mobile phone reception in the property, or do you have to go into the garden or climb up a big hill anytime you want to call someone? This is essential in today’s world, as we all rely on our mobile phones and it can be a real pain to not have a signal within your home.
The next thing to consider is the speed of the internet… as some places don’t have the infrastructure for high speed connectivity, particularly in rural locations, so this is something that should definitely be investigated – as we all require fast internet, nowadays.
- THE VIEW
A beautiful view can make all the difference to how you feel about a property; waking up each morning to a beautiful view is an inspiring and uplifting way to start the day that makes most people feel much more optimistic and energised… yet, you don’t want to focus on just the beauty of the view – as this could all change, should there be a large scale development plan in place.
You should therefore check with the authorities to ensure no major construction will take place, that could spoil your view – and more casually, just take a look at the skyline to see if there are any peculiar unfinished structures or cranes in the area.
- THE AREA
When buying a house, many people focus much more on the house itself than the actual area – but, the feeling of home will only be present if you actually feel at home in the area.
For instance, if you have the neighbours from hell then it’s going to feel like an uphill struggle in terms of feeling at home in the property, it’s therefore important you meet them and check out the local area by spending a night or two in a nearby AirBnB.
Check out the restaurants, gyms, shops, and watering holes in the area to see if they are aligned with what you’re looking for… and be sure to walk around at night, as often the atmosphere changes at night, meaning you want to ensure it feels suitable.