A few days ago I wrote about the idea of moving home and getting a fresh start. Making that leap and moving to a new place can help you get out of a rut and really set you on the right path for a successful future. I highly suggest checking out that article as I included some good advice on how to take the stress out of your fresh start.
What I didn’t talk about was finding your new home. Everyone has an idea of their dream home, and it’s often impossible to find. However, there are plenty of things to take into consideration when you’re searching for a new place to live. Some of these are obvious – like the number of rooms it has, the area it’s in, and the price – but others are a little less clear for all to see. Keeping that in mind, here are some of the more unusual things to think about when you’re searching for your new home:
The Internet Connection
Sometimes, I’m quite jealous of people that bought homes a decade or two ago. Back then, houses were cheaper, and they had fewer things to think about. Mainly, they never had to take the internet connection into account. When you move into a new home, you want to ensure it has good internet connectivity and can provide you with fast broadband. Nowadays, the internet is an absolute necessity that can’t be overlooked. Therefore, spend time looking at various internet providers and putting in the postcode for any homes you’re checking out. This will help you see if you can get the best broadband speeds in those areas. If you can’t, then it could pose a fairly serious problem for you. No one likes living in a home with a sluggish internet connection. I mean, imagine a world where you can’t even stream your favorite Netflix shows without them buffering continuously?!
Okay, it sounds quite superficial, and it definitely falls under the category of ‘first world problems’, but you need a good internet connection in your home. What if you work from home? Then you need a fast and stable connection to do your work! No matter how you approach this, you need to think about the connectivity in a home before you buy it.
There’s one thing in every home that demands a fair bit of attention when you have a look around. Yes, the boiler may seem like an unusual consideration, but there are a few reasons it demands your focus. Primarily, you need to know how old the boiler is and what type of boiler it is. If it’s an old one, then you may need to replace it right away or upgrade to a modern one in a few months of a year. This isn’t a major issue, but it could cost a lot of money. Life is a lot easier when you buy a home with a fairly new boiler that’s still got decades to go before it becomes useless. The other thing you need to think about is the placement of the boiler. Some homes have them in the kitchen, others have a designated boiler room/closet, and so on. If your boiler is right next to your bedroom, then it might be a bit loud or cause your room to get too hot when the heating is on. If it’s in the kitchen, then it might take up too much space. Essentially, look at the boiler and figure out if it’s in a desirable location for you. Otherwise, you may get sick of it, and spend lots of money moving it to a better place in your home.
Boilers are an essential part of every home, and you should make an effort to check them out in every house you visit. I know it’s boring, but it’s worth the extra effort just to ensure you don’t buy a home that provides endless boiler problems. More often than not, if there’s an issue with a boiler, it’ll be expensive to fix.
The Previous Owners
Unless you’re looking for a brand new home that’s just been built, then the chances are it’ll have previous owners. For me, it’s kind of important to think about previous owners when buying a home. Why? Well, for starters, you want to make sure nothing weird went down in the house. What if it’s on the market because the previous owners got arrested for murdering someone in there? I know that sounds incredibly gruesome and a little bit over the top, but you get what I’m trying to say. On a less serious level, you should think about if they owned pets or how long they lived in the home for. If you have allergies, then you need to know about pets as they could have hairs lying around that cause problems for you. As for how long they lived in the home for, this is important as it could say a lot about the home. Imagine you buy a house that’s had five previous owners in the last five years. Why is no one staying there for longer than a year? It’s a bit suspicious and may indicate that the home has an issue that people can’t deal with.
Obviously, you can’t go full detective mode and gain every piece of info about the previous tenants. But, try your best to get everything you need to help you make a more informed decision when buying a home. As a bonus, I’m also going to throw in the length of time the house has been on the market. This is similar to the number of owners it’s had in that it tells you something about the home. If a house has been on sale for two years – and other homes in the area have been sold in that time, for a similar price – then it also looks a bit strange.
Of course, don’t forget about all the obvious things to look for when searching for your dream home. These three things are a little bit unusual and are more likely to be forgotten