There is no right or wrong way to go about choosing your dream home, whether you start by finding the right location, or you select your perfect house first. Here are the few steps you should follow if you are buying a new house.
Things to think about when you first start looking at areas should revolve around your lifestyle and will vary from person to person, but often include:
- Access to Transport
- Parks and recreational areas
- Proximity to work, family and friends
This should help you narrow down a general region in which you wish to live.
Budget and Finance
Before you go any further, it’s important to establish your budget. When working out your budget you’ll need to factor in extra costs such as conveyancing, state taxes, duties and fees.
Speaking to a Mortgage Broker regarding the right type of loan to suit your needs and obtaining a pre-approval at this stage, will make things a lot easier once you find your perfect house.
With your house now selected, it’s time to finalise your home design and builder choice within your remaining budget.
Once you’ve selected a floorplan and façade to fit on your lot, you will usually then have an appointment with a colour design consultant, to select all your interior fixtures, fittings and finishing touches.
When working to a budget, it is important to remember not to get too carried away in your consultation, as it can be easy for upgraded items to blow out your budget quickly.
It is a good idea to go to your colour consultation prepared and with some ideas. Prior to attending to your consultation, find images of colours and finishes you like, or even create a vision board to take along with you.
With your final inspection completed and any required touch ups done, it is now time to arrange for the final settlement payment to be made.
Tip: When booking removalists, allow a few days between your scheduled settlement and/or hand-over day and moving into your new home. Also remember it can often take a few days for water, gas and electricity to be connected, once you have selected your service provider.