If you are about to take the leap into the property market either as a first time buyer, a budding investor, or perhaps just taking your next step up the property ladder, there are 6 crucial features to look out for to avoid buyer’s remorse.
If you are planning to live in your property, the best location is one that suits your lifestyle. It may not be close to schools or parks, but if you don’t have children then these won’t be high on your list of priorities. Beachside living is always something that buyers aspire to, and areas such as inner bayside suburbs have the best of both worlds. Choose a reputable agent who is experienced in dealing with the high end property market such as where I found my Brighton real estate. These areas are particularly sought after due to the wealth of magnificent Edwardian and Victorian homes available.
It is easy to be dazzled by a house staged for sale, but once all the glitz has been removed, what you are basically left with is space. Features such as large walk-in robes, good sized storage areas and multiple living spaces are expensive to add on so it is best to get these right first time.
As beautiful as older, character filled houses are, if you are tempted to buy one it pays to keep in mind any maintenance upkeep on the property. Features such as sash windows, french doors and weatherboards will need regular painting and repair, however the rewards of living in one of these beautiful houses can be worth the effort.
The beauty of a classic is that it never goes out of style and that stands true in the property market. Conversely ultra modern styling can date a house very quickly. Take a look at an unrenovated property from the 1970’s or 1980’s – archways, gold fittings and brightly coloured kitchens and bathroom were the ‘must haves’ for interior decorators.
Unfortunately, these same features now look garish and naff. When looking for character that lasts you can’t go past the real thing. California bungalows, Cape Cod, Victorian and Edwardian designs make a lasting statement and are filled with beautiful and timeless architectural features.
A well designed house, built with the occupiers comfort in mind, can make subtle but effective differences in your quality of life. Rooms which make use of morning light or have aesthetically pleasing views can be peaceful and welcoming. Well designed kitchens can become the social hub of the house, and make cooking a pleasure rather than a chore. Look for rooms with aspects that lead out to a backyard or courtyard, which can lure you to go outside.
It is all very well to dream of living a peaceful life far from the stress and traffic, but reality can set in very quickly if you have bought in an area which is short on services and amenities. Just imagine having to drive for half an hour just to do a quick spot of shopping, or not being able to nip around the corner to grab your morning coffee. Aside from this another major consideration should be healthcare providers such as doctors and dentists which may be needed in an emergency. You don’t have to leave the creature comforts behind to get some peace and quiet though – look for court locations with little or no through traffic, but have the convenience of nearby facilities.
Whether you are a young professional looking for an inner-city pad, a growing family looking for their first home or empty nesters looking to downsize, it is all about recognising the features that suit your individual needs. The best thing you can do is to get out there and look – be inspired, and find your niche.