A home is likely the most expensive purchase of your life (and of course, well worth it!), so make sure you’re ticking all the boxes before you buy.
From block size, to the direction your home faces, there’s a whole list of considerations that can help you find that ‘perfect one’.
What’s your lifestyle?
Do you love the beach or the trees? Do you want to be close to the city nightlife, or are you happy in a leafy suburb? Your lifestyle is one of your first considerations.
Clearly list the things you want to enjoy in your new home, as well as those you are hoping to avoid.
Other things to consider when it comes to a home and the lifestyle you want are:
Consider the great outdoors
How much room do you need outside your home? Bigger yards might require more maintenance for an area you rarely use, or you might be planning to have a houseful of kids who need the room to run around.
You might want to think about room for:
And, make sure you’ve got some privacy from neighbours if that’s important to you too.
Location, location, location
You can change most things about a home, except the block it’s on! Before you buy, think very carefully about what you most want to live close to, and what you want to avoid. For example:
Also think about anything you’d like to avoid, such as:
Let the light in (and watch for western sun)
Help your wallet out by harnessing natural light. Not only will it make your home feel bright and open, it’s excellent for saving on your power bill.
If you’re building, it’s a good idea to double check the position of the home so it’s making best use of the path of the sun for natural heating, cooling and light. It’s helpful to remember that the western sun is the strongest and will increase heat in rooms facing west.
Plan for energy efficiency
An energy efficient home is a cheaper home in the long term. Typically speaking, new homes are the most energy efficient because they can be built with the latest technologies (as opposed to retrofitting an existing building), and you can determine the aspect of the home on the block to catch natural light and improve solar input.
You can also decide if you want to include energy efficient technologies in your:
Future plans for the local area
Always check with the local council to understand any plans or applications for future development in the suburb that may have an impact on your home’s value and liveability.
Sometimes it might be a positive outcome, like a new retail precinct nearby, or it might be a new highway one block over planned for two years’ time. It’s a crucial point to check before you buy!
Check out the ongoing costs
Buying an old Queenslander might sound like a dream, but you’ll have to consider the ongoing costs and maintenance.
If you like to budget – or have a limited one – building new will result in far fewer unexpected repairs in the years ahead. New builds mean new appliances, new structure, warranties and less stress!
Also check and prepare for the rates, utilities and insurance costs associated with a new home. Check with different insurance suppliers to make sure you’re getting the best rate as all companies offer different inclusions – and always read the Product Disclosure Statement!