Ask Away...: The Qualities That Show A Home Is Right

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Qualities That Show A Home Is Right

We all want different things, and nowhere is that clearer than in the homes we choose to live in. Whenever you are out looking for a new home to live in, you would do well to think deeply and long and hard about what you really want out of it. Most people would agree that they want a home which speaks to them, somewhere they can feel comfortable and truly, well, at home. But how can you be sure that a home will offer that feeling of peaceful security for you? As it turns out, there are no guarantees. But there are many good qualities which you can keep your eyes peeled for.
Excellent Location

We have all heard about the huge importance of location on the choice of a home. It’s true - the better the position, the more likely it is that you will be pleased with the home, and the more longevity you will probably get out of living there. But finding a location, you are going to be happy with can be surprisingly difficult to do. If you’re looking for a home at the moment, you will probably find it useful to list a few different locations, some favorites which you can try to choose between. Put them in order of preference or priority and then try to find properties in each. That way, you are not placing too much emphasis on location and forgetting about the actual property itself - but you are still paying credence to the place at least in part, which is essential if you want to ensure that you find the best possible place for yourself.

Right Size & Space

After location, the size and space of the home has to be the next most important quality. When you are looking around at different properties, it only makes sense to keep the relevant space and size of that place in mind as you compare it to others on your list. How can you be sure that a particular property has the right size for you? Mostly, it is just a matter of being absolutely sure about your own needs and desires. Try to take into consideration your lifestyle and the kind of space that you probably need or want. It is totally normal to want a space which is larger than what you actually need, of course - there are no rules, and it is up to you. But you should think about what you actually consider to be necessary, and try to judge the properties you view based primarily on that. You can also use this assessment to narrow down the properties that you actually look at, so as to make the process as easy as possible. If you think you only want a somewhat limited space, for example, you might want to limit your search to apartments and bungalows. If you know that you need more - perhaps you are moving with your whole family - then you can avoid those and go only for larger buildings. Whatever is suitable for you, make sure you are on the lookout for exactly that.
Full Of What You Enjoy

To really get the most out of any home, it needs to be able to house the things that you really enjoy. Everyone has their own interests, desires and hobbies. If you think about yours, you can make it much more likely that you find somewhere which is suitable for those things. No matter what they might be, try to envision the home you are considering as a home for that too. For certain pastimes, you might actually need a degree of space, sao you should bear that in mind during your search. Either way, it is not just about the search for property - you also need to make this a priority when it comes to filling the home with your belongings. A sure way to make sure a home is right for you is to fill it with the things that you love. Approach it that way, and you will find that you are able to get much more out of your new home and make more of the space. Remember this if you ever start to feel that your home is not quite settling in yet.

Appropriate Decor

There is much to be said for the relevance of the way a home is decorated. Making sure a home suits you is about much more than just filling it with things you love and ensuring it is in a good location. You also need to have the ability to figure out what you enjoy regarding decor, and bring that into existence. If you find yourself worrying about this, you should try to remind yourself that it is actually fairly straightforward to get decor right. If you don’t hold any particularly strong opinions on the subject, then it is even easier, as you can just go for relatively neutral and light colors everywhere, perhaps with a single power color splash here and there. If you do have a particular style, however, you owe it to yourself to bring that into existence in your new home. It’s also worth thinking about all this even as you look around at potential properties. You can look out for which features seem to be most conducive to the effect you would likely go for, and this will vastly help your redecoration process when it comes to it.

Family & Friends

If you live alone, there are many ways in which all this is easier. You don’t have to think about the opinions of others, you can go for exactly what you want without compromise, and you can do whatever you like with the whole space. But if you are to be living with family or friends, you need to make sure the home is suitable for everyone, not just you. A sure sign that a home is going to serve you and your family well is that there are plenty of private spaces. Usually, these are the separate bedrooms, but the more enclaves and spare rooms there are, the better - especially for a sprawling family or group of friends. Whether you are with family or friends, you should make sure to find somewhere that everyone will be happy with. Otherwise, you never know what tensions might arise further down the line.


Something that is always worth looking out for is the atmosphere of a place. In truth, this is something that is half there already, and half brought out by you after you move in. But the bare bones of a place often gives you an idea of what the atmosphere will be like once everyone is living there and it has been decorated and furnished. So it is worth making sure that you get a good feeling about the property you are considering living in. Otherwise, it might be difficult to fully enjoy living there further on down the line, no matter what other fantastic qualities the place might have. With the right atmosphere, you can be sure that you will be as happy as you like in your new home.

Ripe For Improvement

There are actually a couple of schools of thought on this one. Some people like a home to be completely refurbished, finished, polished, and to just move in and be done with it. But many more people would argue that it is much better to have the opportunity to do something with the space, and that is something that is worth thinking about when you are out looking for your next home. You can often tell when a property is ripe for improvement, as it might not actually look to be its best. But for many people, this is a challenge which they enjoy taking on. If that sounds like you, then consider spending a little less and finding somewhere that looks less than perfect to work with. This might prove to be the best decision you could make.
Structurally Sound

Regardless of anything else, you simply cannot choose to live somewhere if it is not structurally sound. The structure of a building is always going to be important, so make sure you check any properties you are looking at for any potential issues first and foremost. If there is anything wrong with the structure, it can easily lead to further and further complications, so this is vital to watch out for. However, as long as you are happy with the underlying structure, you will feel happier and - presumably - safer to move into that new building.

Within Your Price Range

Finally, no discussion of buying a property is complete without mentioning costs. You should have a clear idea of what kind of budget you have available to spend, as that way you can search for your next home much more accurately and efficiently. Make sure you give yourself a little leeway, just in case you estimate incorrectly. Then it is just a matter of looking for those properties which, first and foremost, fit in with your desired price range.

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