How to choose the right home

Choosing your perfect home is one of the most exciting, important, and life-changing decisions you’ll ever have the pleasure to make. At least we hope that it is a pleasure, it’s all too easy to allow the weight of the situation to turn it into one of life’s major stresses, but we’re here to tell you that it needn’t be that way. 

There are a ridiculous number of factors and details to consider when considering purchasing a new home and they can mount up and overwhelm you if you let them, so the Residential Building WA team of home builders in WA have put their heads together and come up with some great suggestions to help you fight back against the fear and panic and let yourself truly enjoy the momentous and beautiful occasion of choosing the right home for you.  

Visualise your perfect property

In order to make this process as effective and enjoyable as possible, it is advisable not to rush into anything. First and foremost, take some time to just sit and visualise yourself in your perfect home. Ask yourself some preliminary questions:

  • What does it look and feel like?
  • How many rooms does it have? 
  • Which areas do you see yourself spending the most time in?
  • Is there a greater focus on indoor or outdoor space?
  • Are there any non-negotiable requirements in your mind before you start looking?

This last question is of particular importance, as recognising what your essential criteria are beforehand is fundamental in working out how to choose the perfect property. This is where brand new home builders in WA have the advantage over those with existing properties, as there is often a certain amount of flexibility to be had when building a new home from scratch and certain elements can be moved or enhanced as you wish. Speak to the team at Residential Building WA for further details on this. 

Be organised and diligent

Whether you are looking through images of new home designs or walking through display homes from home builders in WA or booking visits to existing houses with an estate agent, you should aim to view lots of properties and weigh them up against each other. You’re hopefully going to spend so much of your quality time in the upcoming years in this place that it would be remiss not to be as thorough and attentive as possible.

For the more organised among you, it may be extremely helpful to make a checklist or other form of notation system in order to better remember the properties afterwards. Start by listing those non-negotiable factors you thought of earlier and progress down the list by adding things in terms of desirability. 

Be thorough now and save yourself a lot of hassle and frustration later as there is nothing worse than starting the process of eliminating places in order to reach the perfect option only to realise you can’t remember the exact details of some of them and have to start again. Put in the work in the early stages and it will repay you many times over in the long run.

Trust your gut instinct

There is obviously a great deal to be said for approaching the business of choosing your new home systematically and with purpose, but here at Residential Building WA we know all too well that the ‘x-factor’ is a powerful and important thing. Some properties will speak to you in ways that are hard to explain in words, and this should not be ignored. Unless those properties break your non-negotiable rules then you should certainly give credence to how they make you feel and factor that into your decision-making process. 

Respect your budget

Assuming that you’ve done your due diligence in terms of setting a budget, it’s not going to help the situation if you are constantly drawn towards properties that are above that number and will cause you problems in the future. This will be more difficult to control when looking through the window of a real estate agent but should you choose to engage the services of home builders in WA and start from scratch, then our easy-to-navigate website has an option to choose your budget and will only show you properties that fall inside those parameters. 

Have a frank and realistic conversation with any estate agents before you start to view properties and always remember that it’s their job to sell you a place and not to dissuade you from over-spending. For first-time buyers, the temptation to get excited and go over your budget if you see a house that you fall in love with is strong, but you must be disciplined and stick to the budget that you decided on at the beginning. 

Buy to suit your lifestyle

This is hopefully something that you brought to the table after your early visualisations and thoughts about your perfect home but it bears mentioning here. Your habits and preferences are not going to change fundamentally just because you move into a new home, so you need to choose the house that most enhances the lifestyle you want to lead. A quiet home in the country is not for everybody and a beautiful view soon gets old if it means you have a 2-hour commute to work each day. 

Thinking big and aspiring to level up your lifestyle are admirable qualities, but you also have to be realistic about what is achievable. Try to step outside your situation and analyse what you will want and need in five or ten years’ time objectively. 

Get advice from a variety of places

It probably goes without saying that you will seek the advice of your family and loved ones, but it can’t hurt to take advice from anywhere you can get it. There’s always a danger of being overwhelmed once you start listening to lots of different people but their experience and alternate views can often bring up ideas and options you had not considered before. It can also be extremely good practice to seek advice from someone who is not emotionally involved at all and can see the situation objectively. 

Here at Residential Builders WA our professional home builders in WA would be happy to speak to you honestly about your plans and give you any genuine advice that we can. 

Need more help dreaming up the right home? Have a read of How to add value to your home.

02 Jan, 2022