Finding the right home? 10 signs that you might have

When you are going through the process of buying a house, it can be incredibly intimidating and exciting all at the same time. However, the most unnerving part of the procedure is not knowing whether the house is the right one for you. Here at Peter Lane & Partners, we try our hardest to provide the most helpful information using our customer’s interests so they get the best results.

So you are prepared, we have put together 10 tips that you can analyse and process, which may help in the future with your decisions:

 1) Your First Impressions

Your first impression of the house you are viewing is such an important moment for you and your housemates. You don’t want your first memory of your home to be negative, do you? When you get to the property, your first instinct could be excited, kind of like a butterfly feeling. Either way, it’s an interesting feeling, and you want to find out more. There could be a certain part of the house that particularly draws you in, i.e. the clean, decorative front garden, or that perfectly paved driveway? Does it feel like it could be your house? Your first instinct is so important when deciding, so keep that in mind.

2) Your Thoughts When you First Enter the House

When you enter the house for the first time, you will notice the smallest of things. Whether it’s the warm, comforting atmosphere, or maybe the design of a particular room that catches your eye. These relatively minor things will participate in developing your opinion on the house.

Additionally, you can help yourself by using your imagination – can you imagine your family or housemates creating a life in that location? Does the house embrace you? etc.

Another point that definitely shows you are fascinated with the house is by noticing you are ignoring all the flaws, even when the estate agent is pointing them out. The house is possibly for you if you even decide to defend the house and its flaws. However, you do still need to take care when looking at these flaws, because they can genuinely be serious, and affect you in a costly or dangerous manner. Do not allow yourself to become unsafe just because you are falling in love.


3) Vision Future Arrangements

Within a few seconds of entering the house, you feel like you already own it; you are probably visioning the possibility of future décor or furniture that can fit there to your happiness. Furthermore, if all you can imagine is, “this can go there”, or “that would look great there”, then I can guarantee this is a potential happy new home for you. Using your visions and thoughts to analyse arrangements is a great way of knowing whether it is the right house for you. In conclusion, if you can fantasize festive décor in the living area, summer parties in the garden, or even family dinners in the dining room, follow your imaginative instinct and buy that house.

4) You don’t want to look anymore

Every thought in your mind is telling you to buy this house; you don’t want to look at any more houses no matter what. You don’t even want to leave. You can’t wait to brag to your friends about your new dream home. It is the one and you know it.

As you view the next houses, you can’t concentrate – you don’t really want to either. These houses don’t give you the same exciting butterfly feeling like that previous house did. There are no easy visions of arrangements, you can’t defend flaws. This is possibly not the house for you.

5) The Location

The location is a very significant factor you need to consider when viewing the house. If you are sceptical about this sort of thing, we would recommend analysing these features to make your decision:

  • Nearby Facilities – Is there a park or a local shop nearby? Is it a far distance from your workplace or the school? Owning a home that is far from your workplace or your children’s school can be a difficult process due to transportation. If you do, make sure there is accessible public transport nearby in case of emergencies.
  • Your Family/Housemates – Can you vision your children or family enjoying the outside location and being able to use the space safely and happily, i.e. having parked cars all up the road can risk causing a car accident, is there enough room? Etc.

If the property doesn’t feel safe, or accessible, or is a large distance from any important facilities or workplaces, we recommend looking at some other houses.

6) The Neighbours

Like I explained slightly on reason 5, it is quite necessary to know your neighbours whether it’s acquainted or even becoming really good friends. Not knowing your neighbours or not making an effort with them when you first arrive can sometimes cause a bit of unnecessary friction, which can also make you potentially uncomfortable in your new home.

It can’t hurt to get to know your neighbours. You can also learn a lot from your neighbours; like local events or facilities nearby, or whether this is the right neighbourhood for you.

Not being comfortable in your home because of reasons such as your neighbour’s hints that the property isn’t particularly for you.

7) Affordability

There is no point analysing any of these 10 reasons if you can’t afford the property. It’s very risky buying a house over your budget and being in debts with things like mortgage even if it is your dream home. Keep within your budget, you will always, usually find the right house within your budget (as long as expectations aren’t dramatically exceeded). For example, if you have a budget of £250,000, as long as you aren’t expecting a perfectly done-up mansion with a swimming pool, you will probably and hopefully find a property within your budget that you can build a life in.

8) Enough Room

Again, there is no point falling in love with a 2 bedroom home if you are moving in with 6 people, and vice versa. Make sure you have enough rooms to home your housemates; otherwise, someone will be living on the sofa for the rest of their lives completing regretting the idea of moving in with you. You should also make sure each room is a size you can work with. For example, if you are planning to move in with 4 people, you will need a relatively large living space; a place where you can cook dinner comfortably, where you can all sit and eat the dinner, and where you can lounge and relax after dinner etc.

9) Do you feel Safe? – Outside?

It is vital you know your property and the street’s backgrounds before you consider moving in – has there been a number of burglaries? Is it a safe environment? Are the neighbours friendly? Etc. Do you know if you have any friends or family that lives locally, in case of an emergency? Do you have a secure place to keep your outside valuables and especially any vehicles at night? All these questions need to be answered before you make your decision, especially if you are anxious about these sorts of points. If they are the wrong answers, the house is possibly not for you.

10) Do you feel Safe? – Inside?

When viewing the interior of the house, make sure the owners or your estate agent tells you any flaws in the house. Major or minor, it means work will need to be done to the house; Minor flaws are damages such as dents or marks on the wall, or a broken door frame etc. However, major flaws can vary from a hole in the ceiling to a dangerous electrical issue.

You are now ready to view your properties.