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22/03/2014

Finding a Home of Your Dreams

beautiful bedroom
Simple, beautiful, my kind of place (image via Pinterest)


Most people, when they are young, have the same dream they want to reach – having a success and recognition, a loving family and a big, cozy and comfortable house in the safe and secure neighborhood, with a nice yard and a picket fence. And this picture stimulates people for the actions needed to make it true.

In case you feel you are ready to make such a big move, there are some things you should learn before you plunge right into the real estate market. The good planning and the tips you follow will increase your chances for finding the perfect home for you at the affordable price. Here are the five tips for you to follow during your house search.


reclaimed furniture
Stay stylish and inspired while still being realistic (image via Pinterest)

  1. Keep it Realistic
Wanting too much while having too little chances and possibilities is a thing that will lead you nowhere, if not worse. Shopping for the real estate above the financial limits that you have is not smart, thus keep it mind when looking for the perfect house. Think well – do you really need extra bedrooms and multiple bathrooms, couple acres of land and brand new amenities and gadgets, or not? Review your needs and preferences and remember – stay realistic.



kitchen renovation
We sacrificed location for a larger living space

  1. Tidy up your credit
Taking into consideration the state of the market today, getting the mortgage may not be as easy as it used to be before. That is why you should take care of your credit and make sure it looks tidy and nice. Find a free credit report and see some ways to shore the things up. Having a good co-signer will increase your odds on succession. Do your best to stay away from the adjustable-rate mortgage.

  1. Do your research.
Go online to learn the situation on the market. See what houses are available, which neighborhoods are the friendliest and what prices there are at the moment. Look through some UK ads online to see what you can find.



good neighbourhood


  1. Make a list of must-haves
What do you want to see in your dream house? Before getting into the search, make a list of priorities and utilities you want to see in your dream package – a garden, safe neighborhood or a good school somewhere around. These are the basic needs of most people. Staying realistic try making a list of your own must-haves, and later compromise it with yourself and narrow it, so that you end up with having the real musts on the list.

  1. Learn everything about the house
When you find the house you like and which can really be your dream home that you’ve been looking for, you should learn more about it. Your investigation should include information about previous owners and the history of maintenance of the house, the neighborhood itself, check of the wires and pipes operating. Check as well if the appliances operate well, and if there are no physical damages. In order not to have a surprise when there is a heavy rain outside, see how the roof and the ceiling is holding up.



simple home
Don't be scared to take risks and create a space you love (image via Pinterest)

  1. Be ready to build
In case the house has problems to fix, don’t run away looking for another one that would be perfect. Be ready to literally build your dream home. The problem you will fix for some amount of money will increase the general cost of your house for much more. Moreover, you will be able to change the image of the house into the one you want to see. Good luck in your search!

11 comments:

  1. I'm hoping to move out next year, can't wait to design the place myself haha x

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    1. Hi Chloe

      How exciting, hope you find somewhere nice :)
      Laura x

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  2. Oh I LOVE your kitchen!!! Kitchen is the heart of our house - that's why I would love a bigger home! xx

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    1. Thanks so much, the kitchen is the heart of the home :)

      Laura x

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  3. I think it's so important to see the potential in a property, so many people are put off by what it looks like when they view it instead of considering what it could become.

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    1. Hi Pippa

      I think so too, my parents renovated many houses and ones that were in total disrepair so I always look at what things could be, rather than what is presented in front of you

      Laura x

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  4. We are house hunting at the moment and I have written a list of what we want- but keeping it realistic. For example- we want some outdoor space, but a courtyard will do if we cant afford a 100ft lawn, and on road parking is good enough if we cant afford a drive. However lovely our new home will be, if we cannot afford to ever do anything but sit in it, it would soon become a gilded cage, so we are very strict about sticking to our budget!

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    1. Hi Sonya
      It's really difficult - we have small bedrooms but large living spaces as we felt that was important at this point in time and we don't have off street parking but a decent garden - it's all about give and take

      Laura x

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  5. Great advice. All the things I am trying to take into consideration before getting up on the ladder. Side note, I love that first picture. Reminds me of my the decor in my flat.

    http://www.itsallbee.com

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    1. Hi Bianca
      Thanks so much for stopping by and glad you liked the tips

      Laura x

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  6. A really great bunch of tips here. We did have our house on the market, but took it off in the end and decided to stay put - renovating instead! I will have my dream kitchen by hook or by crook! x

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