Buying a home at any age is one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever undertake. As a buyer, there are very important points to consider to ensure you find the best possible home for you and your loved ones. Here are some of the crucial points to consider (apart from price point):
Different neighbourhoods have different characteristics. Pick one that fits in best with your lifestyle and personality. You want to live in an area where you’ll feel comfortable and will likely get on with neighbours. Keep in mind that some neighbourhoods and estates have homeowners’ associations that impose limits or requirements such as not painting your home a bright colour or letting your grass grow tall. Some individuals appreciate such rules whereas others find them irritating.
Safety is another point to take into consideration, especially as a South African. Research neighbourhoods where crime stats are low and have remained low over the last five years. Chat to residents and visit the local police station to get a direct feel for your potential new surroundings. Be sure to make an effort to drive through the area at different times of the day as this will give you a realistic feel and idea of the neighbourhood.
Moving to a different or new area often requires looking at the markets to establish what the properties sell for at various times of the year. Should you decide to sell in the future, your estate agent should be able to provide you with access to comparative sales in the area to ensure you have a clear idea of prices and what other homes sell for. This will allow you to get the best price for your home.
Proximity to Family and Friends
If it’s important for you to live closer to relatives and friends, look for a suburb where a 10- to 20-minute drive to visit loved ones is possible.
By using our simple guidelines, you will be better equipped to make the smartest choice regarding your new home.
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