How to Find a Home That Will Increase Your Quality of Life

castle-973157__340We all expect our home to be our castle.  A place we can relax and enjoy away from the stress of making a living and dealing with every day hassles.  Before you buy think about what is important to you when you are in your castle.  Do you want quiet and peace?  Do you crave activity and social events every day?  Are you an avid golfer or a weekend duffer?  All these questions are important when considering a new home especially if it is your retirement home.  Consider the tips below and make your list of preferred features.  Then call me and we can start to narrow down the search for the home of your dreams!

By Hannah Whittenley

 Buying a home is a big step, whether it’s your first home or a retirement home. The location and size of your home can have an impact on your quality of life. There are several steps you can take to find the home that’s best for you.

Assess Your Situation
Lists are an excellent assessment tool. Before you begin your house hunt, list the features that you desire. This list should include the logical aspects such as proximity to your job and the quality of schools in the area if that applies to your situation. Go ahead and list your desires. While you may not find a house that meets everything on your wish list, you should be able to find one that checks off the high priority items.

Location Is a Priority
It’s imperative that you concentrate your home search to a location that you can consider ideal. You can make changes to the interior and exterior of a house but the location is something you can’t change. It’s often a good idea to seek assistance from real estate professionals when evaluating how specific locations complement your lifestyle. Experts in the field can guide you to areas that are compatible with your budget, and your immediate and possibly future needs.

What Do You Enjoy
Buying a home that supports your personality can increase your quality of life. If you’re a social person, a condo in the city with amenities such as a woman-160342__340pool, tennis court, or exercise room might be a good option. If you don’t like city noise and close neighbors, you should concentrate your home search to rural settings. If you’re looking for a home to meet 2016-06-01 06.56.52your downsizing goal, you may want to concentrate your search to areas that support healthy aging. These areas could be conducive to outside walks, social events within the community and interior features that increase safety within the home.

Size Matters
The larger the home, the more upkeep and cleaning time it requires. Typically, larger homes are more expensive to maintain. Buying a home that fits your budget comfortably will leave money in the budget for pleasurable activities that enhance your life.

Your home is your personal retreat. It should support your lifestyle and be compatible with your personality. It’s an investment that can improve your quality of life.

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