When it comes to moving house, it’s very easy to get bogged down in packing, and the prospect of making endless trips up and down stairs weighed down by boxes. The process of moving can take the shine off the fact that you’ve got a new home, and you’re starting a fresh chapter, but there’s nothing more exciting than looking for a new pad. If you’re on the hunt for a new home, put thoughts of packing up a house full of stuff aside, and focus on what really matters. As a potential buyer, you’ll need to think about what your priorities are when you’re on the search for that perfect property. If you haven’t really given it much thought, here are some key features to look out for.
The dream kitchen
The kitchen is so often described as the heart of the home, and the majority of buyers place a spacious, bright kitchen high on their wish list. When you are looking around, try not to let a rough gem, or an unpolished diamond put you off. If the rest of the house is ticking all the boxes, and you’ve got the space and money available for improvements, there’s no reason why a kitchen renovation can’t turn this house into the home of your dreams. You may not be enamored with the idea of doing a lot of work, but if you remodel and revamp the kitchen, you can choose your own design, plan the layout, and inject your signature style.
It’s always wise to have future plans in mind when you’re looking for a new home. Even if you don’t plan to sell for a long time, it’s useful to have the option to add value if you wanted to. There’s also flexibility in buying property that isn’t quite finished or that offers scope for renovation or expansion. If you’re creative, and you want to make your home a reflection of your style and personality, look for a blank canvas.
The outdoor space
Unless you live in the heart of the city, it’s likely that you’d rather buy somewhere that has outdoor space. Even a small garden or a bijou backyard can make all the difference. If you’re looking for a family home or you want that sense of freedom and country living, a large garden may be high on your list. But even if you want a small town vibe, having somewhere you can sit out and soak up the sun after a long day at work can make a property much more appealing. In some cases, outdoor space can also provide a solution if the house doesn’t live up to expectations, and you’re keen to take on a project. If you’ve got a small house on a large plot, and the kitchen is cramped and small, you could consider extending out to the back or the side.
Are you on the lookout for a new place to call home? Before you start searching, have a think about what really matters to you. Is a large, open-plan kitchen a deal-breaker or are you desperate to take on a project that offers potential? Take your time when you’re looking around, and don’t be put off if a house doesn’t look perfect on paper. Use your creativity and your imagination, and think about what you could create from a blank canvas.