What does your dream home look like for you? Is it one that’s close to the beach or amenities? A home that has plenty of room for your family and visitors? An interior of a certain style?
Pinpointing exactly what it is that makes a home your dream home is crucial if you never want to move again. But working out your priorities is a difficult task. Follow these 7 steps and you’ll be a little closer to creating the perfect home.
- Get your finance in check
It’s deflating to continually look at the property market only to realise your dream home is out of your budget. If you ever want to make the goal of owning your perfect house happen, you need to start saving now.
Once you’ve saved enough money, get your budget and financing in check. Consult with industry professionals to ensure your budget is accurate and that your finance is in place before you get started.
- Choose the right suburb
Don’t just choose a suburb based on price. Figure out what’s important to you and create a list of suburbs that suit your lifestyle. If you like the hustle and bustle of restaurants, shops and night life, then inner city is best. Trendy urban suburbs are great for young families who still like to hang around the action, but can’t afford the premium locations.
Perhaps schools are a priority or outdoor space, so looking in family-friendly areas will be important. Or maybe you want to be coastal or rural. Creating a list of your needs and desires right now and in the immediate future will help you establish which location is right for you.
- Consider building
Visiting several homes on the market only to discover you’d want to change the layout or finishes? Perhaps you can’t find a home that is big enough to cater for your family and within budget in your desired area. If that’s the case, consider building your dream home.
Jump on a real estate website and search land for sale in Geelong, Melbourne, Sydney or your chosen area to get an idea of costs. Then seek the advice of a local architect and builder to ascertain the costs of building your dream home. Building may be one way you can get the home you’ve always wanted.
- Consider a renovator’s delight
Not ready to build from scratch? Renovating might be the perfect compromise to ensure you achieve the layout and style you’re after. Think about what you’re prepared to undertake in a renovation. Will you be happy to knock down walls or are you wanting to only make cosmetic changes?
Again, have a look at what you can find on the real estate market. Consult reputable builders in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or in your chosen location to generate an understanding of the costs involved in renovating a home.
- Assemble the right team
Before you embark on your renovation or build, assemble a team of experienced professionals who you can trust to realise your dream home. You’ll likely need a creative team such as an architect, interior designer, decorator or landscape designer. A builder and landscaper will help manage the construction and follow the plans of your dream home.
Do thorough research! Don’t just go with your friends, friend. Find people who are experienced, have a good reputation and are qualified for the job.
- Purchase your big-ticket items first
Found or built your perfect house? Before you go out and spend up on items to furnish your dream home, plan to purchase your big-ticket items first. You’ll want to buy the most expensive and most used items first such as your sofa, beds and dining room setting. If you spend all your cash on artwork, rugs and decorative items, you may be sleeping on the floor and sitting on milk crates for the rest of the year!
- Inject personality
Finally, don’t be afraid to have a little fun with your interior and inject some personality into your space. Making your home feel like home and reflect you rather than copying another design, will ensure you love it all that bit more. Be brave and have fun!