Although I have been quite vocal on our future house plans in previous posts, I haven’t really spoken much about our current position. I think this is largely down to the fear of something falling through, but also it is because buying a house is such an overwhelming situation and, when you add in all the issues due to cover-19, I feel like the past six month have been a bit of a whirlwind to be honest. Anyway, today I wanted to talk about the things that Ed and I are looking for when we look around properties to buy, for our family of five.
I know, I know. This is pretty hard to spot from a first visit, and is usually something which will come up at the survey stage, but I am always interested in the flooring of the property we are looking around. The floor itself is cosmetic and can be changed (I have my heart set on real wood flooring), but if the foundations of the building aren’t strong, there’s an issue.
Off Road Parking
Off-road parking is one of the biggest must-haves for me. We currently live in a cul-de-sac with a big driveway and it is a lifesaver as there is such limited parking on the road. I get such bad parking anxiety when I don’t have guaranteed parking, so this is non-negotiable for me. If I turn up at a property and the parking situation is dire, I honestly feel like just turning back and walking away.
Potential to Extend
Our budget allows for us to buy a three bedroom house, but with three children, we will need a four bed before too long. For this reason, we are looking at properties that have the potential to extend, whether that is above or to the back or side of the property. We would then save up for an extension over time, to allow each of the children to have their own bedroom. This does mean that a lot of the houses we view end up being unsuitable but I don’t want to have to move again in a few years time so it is necessary for us to be picky.
A Good Size Garden
Lockdown cemented the importance of a nice outdoor space to escape to, and it is high up on our list of priorities. We aren’t fussy about the condition of the garden, as that can be altered over time, but we do need a big enough space for the kids to run around in, and to be able to host garden parties and barbecues in the summer. I love the garden we have at the moment, which sort of wraps around the back and side of the house (with a mixture of grass and decking), so something similar would be ideal.
I must admit, I had never really considered storage when thinking about my ideal home before, but Ed is very against new builds as they don’t generally have much storage space and, to be honest, I have definitely come round to his way of thinking. With three children, and being a bit of a secret hoarder myself, we definitely need all the space we can get!
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