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Would you like to live in the house of your dreams? Would you like to create a cozy home environment for yourself and your family?

Maybe you are looking for your ideal house but haven’t found it yet? Perhaps none of the properties you’ve seen suit your requirements?

But I guess you will be very happy when you find the perfect house for you. Your excitement starts to build when you discover room by room that the house you are looking at is just the house you dreamed about for a long time. You are looking through the window into the beautiful garden. You take a deep breath in and instantaneously you notice the smell of the flowers and the freshness of the air. The whole of your body is filed with joy and absolute satisfaction as this the house you always wanted, and finally, after so many years looking for it – you found it.

Isn’t that an amazing feeling?

Would you like to find the house of your dreams and live in it?

There are few steps to consider to be able to find just the house you are looking for. All of them are quite important so read carefully and if you have any questions just write them down and send us an email after you
finish reading.

So let’s explore the 7 steps to finding your ideal home.

Sort out your finances

It is essential to know from the very outset what your financial situation is regarding buying your ideal home. Without the correct advice in this area you can’t make any decisions regarding the rest of the process. Speaking to your bank or a mortgage adviser gives you complete knowledge of what you can afford, what costs you are likely to face and how far your deposit will get you. There is no point in registering with estate agents or going to view homes until you are sure they are in your price range. It can be really heartbreaking to find somewhere you would love to live only to find out later that you can’t afford it.

The more knowledge you have here at the start, the better. You want to arm yourself throughout this process with the right facts. This is the perfect place to start. Your mortgage adviser will be able to get you an agreement in principle from a lender so you have a kind of guarantee that you can be loaned that much. It is the first vital step on your road to finding your ideal home.

Decide exactly what you need from your ideal home

It always pays to think about what you want at this stage. Your home will only be ideal if it ticks all your boxes. You have some thinking to do here. You will want to consider all the factors that are relevant to you, such as:-

How many bedrooms do you need?
Do you want a house or a flat?
Do you want a large kitchen?
Do you need a garden?
Is having a downstairs toilet important for you?
How close does it need to be to your work?
How close does it need to be close to friends and family?

The questions that are important to you will depend on your own circumstances but you need to take the time to create your wish list with regards your ideal home. This will help you know what you really want when it comes to starting your property search. Too many buyers don’t go through this step and they end up looking at loads of unsuitable properties before finally finding what they want. Save yourself a lot of time and energy by knowing what you want at the very start.

Register with a quality estate agent

When it comes to finding your ideal home the next professional on your list needs to be an estate agent. Once you have all the financial information in place from your mortgage adviser then you can start to search for homes you might like. A quality estate agent will take the time to talk you through the process and answer any questions you have, using their experience and knowledge to help you get the most out of buying a home. They have been doing this for a long time and can really help you turn your dreams into reality.

A good estate agent will be able to send you the latest properties that they get on their books. As soon as they take on something that is suitable for you they will be in touch by email or phone. That means you get to see these properties first and can move before the rest of the market. A good estate agent is your friend.

Register with the property portals

As well as the services of a good estate agent, the property portals can also help you to find the ideal home for you. Websites such as Rightmove, Zoopla and On The Market will have a lot of properties and a lot of information. You can set it up so that they send you alerts by email when something comes on to the market that matches your criteria. It is a great way to learn about what is going on in your local property market. The more properties you look at online then the more you will understand what constitutes a property being sold at a good price.

Property portals will give you data on how close you are to the nearest train station or what catchment area you are in for local schools. The more you get to know these facts then the easier it will be for you to make a buying decision.

Start the viewings

Don’t jump in here and start to view at every property you have been sent. It pays to take a little time and consider all the properties before making a shortlist of ones you want to view. You will have a much better idea about just what you want from your ideal home, when you’ve looked through the details and photographs of lots of them.
Once you have made your shortlist then call up the relevant estate agents and make your appointments. There are a few things to remember here –

Make sure you leave enough time between appointments
Always turn up on time
Ask lots of questions
Don’t be afraid to make your own notes and take your own photos
You will want to be able to remember each property in detail when you sit down at the end of the day to consider your decisions. The more personal information you have gathered the better here. If you can look back through your own notes or your own photos then this will really help to jog your memory.

Do your own research

Although there is lots of information available on websites like Rightmove, nothing beats doing your own research. If the school catchment area is of prime importance then don’t leave this to chance. Check it out for yourself. There are also many other websites where you can see all the information that might help you make your decision. You can get facts such as crime statistics, double check council tax banding and the last sale of the property if you do the right Google search. The better armed you are with information that means something to you, then the better your decision to buy or not buy, can be.

As part of your research you will want to visit the property more than once and at different times of the day. Many factors can affect how attractive a property is to you and you will only know how these might affect you when you take a look.

Don’t rush things

Your decision to buy your ideal home will stay with you for quite some time. You don’t need to rush into it. Just because you don’t see exactly what you want in the first few weeks there’s no reason to make a rash decision. You can keep looking at what is available until you find the home that is perfect for you. New homes come onto the market all the time and the one that meets all your needs might be just around the corner.

If you don’t find what you want then consider changing your search a little. You can look in different areas, see if you can borrow more money from a different lender or change another criteria. This may find you something that is almost ideal – and maybe you can make it ideal with your own little touches. A home that needs a new kitchen or a lick of paint shouldn’t put you off. This is easy to achieve and you will feel better for putting your own mark on it.
As you can see, is very possible to find the house of your dream but you have to be persistent and keep on at it until you get it.

Here at Enlighten Estate Agents we can facilitate your search and find a property for you, minimising your search and waiting time

Whatever you do, never give up. Keep going until you get what you want.

I’d like to leave you with a little quote that you could write down or memorise if you so wish.

“Never give up on something you really want. It’s difficult to wait but is more difficult to regret.”

Have an awesome life

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