What to remember when house hunting: 6 things to look out for
We caught up with Thandi Tipene from Thandi Jazmine Design to get a few tips on what to look for when looking for a house.
So you’re thinking about buying your first home, but don’t really know where to start. We’re here to help.
Before you start house hunting, the best thing to do is to meet with your bank and talk through how much you can afford to spend and what your options are. This will help you narrow down your search criteria, so you can see what’s available in your price range.
New Zealand is full of a wide variety of property styles, from historic villas to sixties state houses and everything in between. Perhaps an apartment or townhouse is more your style? These can have different lending criteria, so make sure you let us know if you decide that this is the best option for you.
Once you’re pre-approved, you’re ready for the fun part – house hunting!
What to consider when house hunting
To help narrow down your search and find the right property for your needs, it can be helpful to write a list of everything you’d like in a house, then prioritise your ‘deal breakers’.
This is often where people start. Do you need to be close to family or friends? Is being in the right school zone important now or in the near future? Or would you prefer to be close to the inner city with lots of café and restaurant choices nearby?
Is a sunny house or view important to you? If it is, you’ll want to find a house where the main living areas (or any room you use a lot) face north, to make the most of the sun’s warmth and natural light.
Think about how you want to use your spaces. If you like to entertain or have a family to keep an eye on, an open plan living and kitchen area means you can be part of the action while still cooking up a storm.
You’ll probably have an idea of the number of bedrooms you need right now, but what about the number of rooms you’ll need in the future? If you work from home or have visitors staying often, you might want to consider an extra or multi-purpose room.
Indoor, Outdoor space
Some people want lots of outdoor space and a lawn to admire and open out on to, whereas others are happy with a courtyard and herb garden. Decide what’s right for you and how much time you have to maintain this.
Once you’ve found something you like the look of, head along to the open home or if you’re really interested, you can always contact the agent and try to arrange a time to view it earlier.
Stay tuned for our next video which will cover off some tips for open homes.