Relocation Relocation hosts, Veronica and Bryce, have these tips.
Katie and Matt initially struggled with their property search because it seemed they had varying viewpoints with their list of requirements for a dream home and location.
To make the process smoother for all involved here are some ways to improve the house hunt as a couple.
1 Make sure that both people are on the same page. If the brief only caters for one persons needs then the other will put up roadblocks for properties that are not on their wish list (even if they are not said or unwritten) and both people end up being frustrated.
2 List the most important and least important needs, the feel, the locations, the infrastructure, size, long term plans and whether renovations are even a consideration.
It is possible to arrive at a happy medium even if one partner is doing more than their fair share of the legwork with the search.
In the end it’s all about clear communication, compromise and checking in with each other.
Quick Fixes for Problem Houses
Katie and Matt ended up purchasing a home on a very busy road and this was of a huge concern for Katie.
We brought the experts in to discuss noise minimising options, which addressed most of her concerns.
But here are a few quick fix tips for other issues you may encounter with tricky homes
1 If it’s too dark – knock in windows and replace with larger frames, paint walls lighter colours, cut down trees, add more ceiling lights, pop in sky lights, open up walls and add mirrors to bounce off light and space.
2 If it’s too noisy – there’s always double & triple glazing , you’d be amazed how much trees and foliage block sound, use water features to create white noise to soften the busy street noises, build surroundings fences, add quality curtains and window fittings.
3 If you’re home is too cold or hot – insulation is the obvious starting place then you can try ceiling fans to circulate air, carpets on floors in cooler homes or pull up carpets in warmer areas, air conditioning is a must and heavy curtains to block north west sun during summer months will help along with pergolas and shade cloths which can actually be relatively inexpensive.
It’s not unusual to find beautiful older homes like the one purchased by Matt and Katie on busy main roads as the roads weren’t so “major” back when they were built in previous centuries.
Major roads are generally less desirable but as you saw with Matt and Katie, it can offer an opportunity to get into a desirable suburb at entry level with the view to purchasing off the major road at a future date when they can better afford the prices in their preferred suburb.