All their lives, people dream of finding their forever home – somewhere they could stay until they pass on. But how do you know you’ve actually found the right property for you and it’s not just your emotions talking? Let’s take a look at some ways to tell you’ve found your dream home.
The Location Fits Into Your Life Perfectly
Finding a forever home is always a challenge. But sometimes it just feels right because of the location. You’re close to shops, schools, clubs and countryside – all the things you want. And you can imagine living your life there happily. In other words, there’s nothing logistically awkward about living there. It fits around you, instead of you having to work around it.
The Size Doesn’t Bother You
Many people want to own aspirational homes: large sprawling estates with five bedrooms or more. But a forever home has to be somewhere suitable for old age too. So getting a massive place probably isn’t sensible. When you think about it, the size of the house doesn’t matter all that much once you stop having kids. So long as you have all the basic facilities you need, you’re set. Think carefully about how you want to live your life. If you want to have multiple families over for weekends, then you might need all those bedrooms. But in most cases, you won’t. And even if you do want large gatherings, you can rent out a hotel.
You Can Finance It
Many people find what they think is their forever home, only to discover that they can’t actually afford to finance it. And that’s a problem. You don’t want all your pension payments going towards housing costs. When choosing a home, find out how much the fixed rate mortgage costs. You’ll want to keep payments manageable so that you can reduce them over time. Also, consider how long you want to keep working. For instance, you might want to retire more than you want to live in a large property.
The Neighbors Are An Asset
Forever homes tend to be in communities of people who generally get on well with each other. If there are problem neighbors, it doesn’t matter how wonderful the house is, living there will be a chore. If you’re moving to an area, ask around and see what people are like. Talk to any friends or friends of friends who might know more about the situation. Pay close attention to what people say and how they phrase things. They often provide nuggets of information that might take you months to tease out yourself.
You Love The Weather
When it comes to forever homes, the weather matters a great deal too. If you’re the sort of person who loves sunshine, then moving to a cloudy or rainy location probably isn’t a sensible idea. You want somewhere you can really stretch your legs and enjoy yourself. Also think about whether the property itself can safely accommodate the changes in temperatures. For instance, is it able to keep the hot weather out in the summer, and the cold in the winter?