For years, you’ve been dreaming about what the perfect home would look like for you. Maybe it’s a property far removed from the presence of others – a rural paradise for you and your family to settle down. Perhaps it’s the polar opposite of that; maybe you prefer being amongst people, and you’ve always dreamed of occupying an apartment right in the middle of a city, where the action is.
Whatever your dream home looks like, there’s a good chance you don’t quite know how to go about acquiring it. Maybe you already live in your dream home and you just don’t know it yet; the location and surroundings are perfect, but there’s something lacking in the interiors that you can’t quite place. Either way, help is at hand. We’ve assembled a list of tips to make your dream home a reality, whether it’s buying a new property you’re interested in or you’re looking to renovate your existing home.
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Get your finances in order
No matter what you’re looking to do, you won’t get very far if your finances aren’t in good shape. Take a step back and evaluate whether you’re in the right position to embark on this journey now; if you’re struggling to pay bills daily, you might want to hold off until you’re a bit more solvent. If you’re comfortable but need an injection of cash to help you, then we’d strongly suggest looking into a reputable loan provider. Loans can help you out of a tight spot, sure, but they’re also well-suited to providing funds for a renovation project or a new property. Before you start looking for new places or assembling the necessary materials, make sure you’ve got the funds for it.
Understand your project inside out
If you’re looking to purchase a new home, then you need to know exactly what you want from it before you start looking. Compromise as little as possible on your original vision, because the further you get from your ideal property the harder it’ll be to accept. If you’re renovating, building a new extension or even just redecorating, this step is still important; if you come away from your project not liking the result, then you’ll have wasted time, effort and money on something that hasn’t enriched your life or brought you closer to your ideal situation. Plan your project extensively and only start work once you’re absolutely sure you know what you want.
We know it hurts, and it’s somewhat contradictory to our “don’t compromise” tip, but you also need to be realistic when you’re approaching your dream home. If, for example, you want to live in the middle of New York in a stunning high-rise apartment, you’ll need to have some serious cash or access to some; if you don’t, then this dream might not be achievable until you do. Similarly, if you have pets or a large family, there are certain properties which simply might be out of bounds for you. Talk to the people you’re going to live with (if there are any) and rule out any literal impossibilities before you start. Dream big, but don’t disappoint yourself along the way.
Be smart with your methods
This one only really applies to those who are looking to make over an existing property rather than those who are looking to buy. If you’re sourcing new furniture or looking to redecorate, try to be clever in terms of how you acquire materials; look in charity / thrift shops, as a lot of furniture often ends up in these places and you can find a pretty impressive range if you look in the right places. There is still a degree of smart thinking involved in finding a new place to live, though; try to consider more unconventional or out-of-the-way locations, as sometimes these places are a little cheaper and can feel more idiosyncratic.
Don’t overwork yourself
If you’re renovating, the temptation might be to work tirelessly until the whole project is complete. This would be a fatal mistake; you’ll quickly become tired and burnt-out on the whole process, and you’re less likely to want to return to working on the property as a result. Similarly, if you’re searching for a new place to live, allow yourself to take a break between viewings; looking at too many houses and properties can cause you to lose sight of your overall goal and everything could start to blur together. Take your task slowly and methodically, divide your workload into manageable chunks and – crucially – know when you’ve had enough and need to take a break. You’ll thank yourself in the long run when you haven’t cut any corners or made rash decisions based on tiredness or irritation.
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