27th November 2019
Finding your forever home — 5 questions to ask yourself
Buying a home is likely to be the single biggest investment you’ll make in your life, so it’s well worth taking time to think through a potential property. There is more to consider than just the size, look and feel of a place — especially if you’re looking for a forever home for you and your family.
Here are five questions to ask yourself.
1.Does it work for our family?
Let’s start with the biggest question. Could you see this home working for you and your family? Think carefully about your needs as a family, and which things you’re not able to compromise. That way you’re less likely to be swayed by a beautiful home which doesn’t actually give you the storage you need, or the outdoor space you’ve dreamed of.
2. Is the space flexible?
Of course, once you’ve bought a house there’s huge scope to make it your own. You can change the layout and rooms, extend further and renovate extensively to achieve your vision of a forever home.
Perhaps you’d like a home that can grow with your family. Find out whether there is the potential to extend the property — whether you’re thinking of a conservatory or porch, a loft conversion or an outbuilding.
Ask whether any planning permission has been applied for in the past to extend and what the outcome was?
3. What about the local area?
Everybody is looking for different things in their local area, so think about what’s important for you. A handy high street, local entertainment options, proximity to nature?
Consider the feel of the local community, and look at bus links and other transport options. If your job were to change, would you still have access to good travel options?
4. What are the local schools like?
If you’re moving with children, or planning to start a family, then considering local schools is also important. Are there primary schools nearby which you’d like your children to attend?
Ofsted ratings provide a snapshot of school performance, and speaking to parents or requesting a school visit can give a much fuller picture of the school’s atmosphere and approach.Check you are buying a house within the catchment area of your preferred school.
If you have primary school-aged children, think ahead to local secondary schools; which ones are you interested in,will you be within their catchment area,and are there good transport links?
5. How energy efficient is it?
A house which is efficient to heat and power will save you big money over the lifetime of the home, as well as having a smaller environmental impact. Look out for insulation, energy efficiency ratings on boilers and heaters, and smart meters for utilities. If the house isn’t as efficient as you’d like it to be, what are your options to make it more so?
At Matthews we’ve been helping families find their forever homes for the last 30 years. If you’re looking for the perfect place, speak to our friendly sales team today to see how we can help you.