Congratulations on tying the knot! Of course, getting married is just the first of many milestones. Now that you’re husband and wife, you’re probably talking about starting a family too, which also means that buying a home is now on your radar.
You’ll soon know that finding the perfect home may prove harder than finding that perfect engagement ring or planning the perfect wedding. We understand how daunting the task can be, and to help you along your way, we’ve come up with an easy home buying guide for newlyweds like you.
Not Too Big, Not Too Small
Remember, you’re not just buying a house for you and your spouse—you’re buying a home for your future kids, too. Before anything else, determine just how big a home you’ll need to meet both your current and future requirements without exceeding your budget. Also, check if a home can accommodate expansions for your growing family or your changing needs.
Is It Family Friendly?
What makes each real estate property unique is its location. For your family’s convenience, ensure that the house you choose is in close proximity to essential establishments such as schools, hospitals, transport terminals, supermarkets, and places of worship. The environment of your first home is very important too. Do you want to live in a bustling city in the heart of a metropolis or would you rather live a little further from the city rush?
Check Those Amenities
When choosing a community, also look at the different types and quality of the amenities your options offer. Do your options offer leisure spots like open spaces, gardens, playgrounds, swimming pools, and function halls? Such facilities are not only conducive to family bonding, but they also give you more value for your money.
A Home is an Heirloom
The biggest investment you’ll make in life will most likely be your home, so you want to make sure that it can withstand the test of time. In short, the quality has to be topnotch. When vouching a property’s build quality, remember to ask this question: Is this a house I can pass on to my children?
Community Do’s and Don’ts
Don’t forget to ask the homeowners association about its policies on pets, visitors, and use of amenities. After all, what’s allowed and prohibited in the neighborhood will have a significant impact on how much you’ll enjoy your first home. What good is the perfect house if your beloved dog can’t live in it?
Ask for Advice
If you’re still undecided, seek advice from your parents and homeowner friends. It also pays to work with credible real estate agents since they have access to a wide inventory of homes. Just give them a list of specifications and they’ll prepare a shortlist of properties to choose from, which makes the selection process much easier.
Finding the perfect first home will surely be challenging, but the rewards will be more than worth it. If you’re looking for expertly built homes that are within your reach, feel free to contact Nurtura Land & Home, Alsons Dev’s mid-cost housing brand, to learn about their maiden project, Narra Park Residences.
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