It’s always nice to see your little family growing, but that joy is slightly diminished when you realize how cramped your current home is for everyone. Sooner or later, you might have to admit to yourself that everyone needs a little more space so they can continue growing. The tough part is going to be finding a place that’s a perfect fit for your growing family, but isn’t a huge drain on your finances. You cannot afford to make a mistake here, so read the following tips before you prepare your kids for a house move.
Use the right sites
Gone are the days when you’d have to scour the classifieds listings in the newspaper or peer through an estate agent’s window to find out what was available in your area. Now there are a plethora of sites available to compare properties in your area based on price, size, nearby amenities, and even school districts. Comparison sites aren’t loyal to a specific agency so you can see a wider range of properties before you even get to the next stage…
Speak to an estate agent
Although property websites are great, the fact is a lot of properties are sold before they make it onto a website, if not days later. If you don’t want to miss out on what might be the perfect property, chat to an agent from an agency you trust. Even if there are no properties available within your price range at the moment, it’s the job of agents like Joe Manausa, MBA to take your requirements and budget on board and find your a properties that meets them all. In fact, if you’ve got too much on your plate to actively look for a house right now, an estate agent can do all the legwork for you and let you know when they’ve found something. All you have to do from there is confirm a viewing.
Check the surroundings
Remember, you’re not just buying a house; you’re buying the whole neighborhood. Will it keep your kids awake at night if they live close to a busy road, or if the neighbors are too loud? Can you live next door to someone who doesn’t keep their front lawn up to standard? Is it better to live close to a park or a small corner shop? If you think you might like one of the houses on the list, take a walk around the block and see if you can imagine your whole family happy in the area.
House prices can change
Sometimes the cost of a house can climb up and down, much like the price of a holiday depends on whether or not it’s peak tourist season. Ideally, you should buy a house in the off-season i.e. when people don’t traditionally want to move home. For example, if you’re choosing to buy in an area with lots of families, wait until October when the kids have gone back to school and homeowners are getting eager to sell.