Tips on how to find the perfect home (for you)

The other day I was running late to an appointment and of course, Alexander decided that was the day to throw a tantrum and refuse to get into  his car seat. When the time I wrangled and buckled him in, I was so frazzled I actually drove off without closing my front door! Luckily, my neighbour who happened to walk past saw and rang me, asking if anyone was home and should she close the door for me?
At times like this, I feel really grateful for the community in which I live in; friendly neighbours who look out for each other, shopkeepers on first name basis who offer Alexander a lolly on the house just because he gave them an extra enthusiastic wave hello. I'm so glad this is where we've bought our first home and frankly I think we just got lucky to be have been able to find a home that's perfect for us.  Today, I'd like to share a few tips on how to find a home which is a perfect fit for you.
Property type - Are you the sort of person who enjoys gardening and tinkering about? Or do you have a dog that needs lots of space to roam about? Then a house with a backyard might be ideal for you. But if the thought of having to mow the lawn fills you with dread, then lower maintenance apartment living might be for you. Thinking about the style of home fits in with your lifestyle (stand alone house, apartment, townhouse etc) is one of the most important decision you need to make when finding a perfect home.

Location - When I was younger and single, I lived in a tiny apartment on a busy, dusty main road across the road from a noisy pub. It couldn't be more different from my current home but at that time it was perfect for me as it was close to the city's nightlife, trendy restaurants and cafes. The location you chose will affect the amount of noise you're subjected to on a daily basis, the size of your home (generally smaller closer you get to the city), proximity to leisure activities.

Sense of community - Our quiet neighbourhood and relaxed lifestyle really suits our current family life but a single, young professional may find it absolutely boring and may prefer a community filled with other young like-minded people. The key is choosing a community with similar values to you that fits with your personality and lifestyle. Lend Lease offers houses for sale in Sydney that is built around the concept of bringing like-minded people together to share a secure, enjoyable and fulfilling lifestyle, which I think is brilliant.
Opportunity to extend/rebuild - Ideally Stu and I would love a bigger house to accommodate our growing family but a 3-bedder was all we could afford. However, what made it work for us was the ability for us to extend the house, or even knock down and rebuild a bigger one later on. 

Proximity to work/transport - I much rather spend time at home with my family rather than being stuck in peak hour traffic, so finding a place that offers an easy commute to work for both Stu and I was important to us. If you take public transport to work, then proximity to public transport is another factor to consider.

Have you found the perfect home yet? Do you have any tips of your own to share?

Photo credit: Samantha Heather Photography

12 Responses to Tips on how to find the perfect home (for you)

Anouk said...

Finding the perfect home is not easy. My ideal place would not be too big, with three levels and a small garden. And a garage for the cars would be imperative as well.

LUXESSED

burntfeather said...

It's funny how our idea of a perfect place changes as we grow older - I personally love the idea of semi-rural living and I'm sure even saying that would of totally have shocked 19 year old Fee :P

akiko hiramatsu said...

Your family's garden is so beautiful and large!
There are very small Japanese garden in my home in Tokyo.
I've got to gradually love this small house.
As you say, it is good for my life style !

akiko

AVY said...

I seems hard having someone that relies on you entierly. It's not the same as with a boyfriend, I guess...

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Rose said...

Nice post.

Not easy to find good neighbour and nice neighbourhood.

Caramella said...

Great tips! Beautiful pictures..

Ananka said...

I feel very lucky to have got my house and it's perfect - so quiet and next to nature yet with great motorway links to all over Scotland! :-D

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I haven't found the perfect home yet, but maybe soon :)

Pamela RG said...

These are wonderful and helpful tips. You're lucky, your neighbour is kind, honest and helpful.

Katrina Sophia said...

Oh it must be real nice to have a friendly neighbour!

Katrina Sophia

Jane said...

Seriously great tips. I've been meaning to write something meaningful about our home buying experience and what made us decide on going with the current home we are living in. Your post is encouraging me to really put my thoughts down as well. And it's so nice that you have great neighbors. One of mine drives me the up the wall! But for the most part, we don't know really know. It's unfortunate because it would be nice to have people you can rely on. Our friends though have a real sense of community and they were welcomed by their neighbors when they first moved in and regularly say hi to each other. It's nice to see. :)

kidgranny said...

I can relate SO much with Jane's comment above!! We have one neighbor in particular {actually adjacent to us} that drives us nuts. All of our other neighbors are pleasant enough, but we don't really have that community bond. We all try to mind our own business, unless something has rattled our block (attempted burglary, etc.). But we don't go over to each other's homes for tea or anything like that, haha. As a child, I used to think that's how neighbors are supposed to be {from movies, etc.}, but I think it's sort of rare & special to have something like that.