The search for a new place to live is no simple matter. Finding a place that satisfies your individual needs and desires without breaking your budget is time-consuming and expensive. Your search can be made easier just by answering a few important questions! The following questions are intended to assist you.
The move into a new dwelling is an event that usually doesn’t happen more than 2 - 3 times in a person’s life. This is a good reason to allow enough time to properly identify your needs. It is important to consider your needs over the long term and also to include all affected family members into the decision process.
- What are your career plans?
- How will your family change?
Renting allows your greater mobility than buying. Buying a dwelling allows you to accumulate long-term equity. The monthly payments for rental are generally much lower, but can be more expensive over than long term than owning. Cooperative apartments are similar to rental apartments, but it is necessary upon conclusion of the leasing agreement to provide a deposit of your own funds that you will nevertheless get back upon termination of the agreement.
Consider what type of dwelling would be optimal for you.
- A single-family home usually offers a great deal of space, but will you still need this in 10 or 20 years?
- Do you want to invest time in tending a garden?
- A semi-detached or terrace house offers many of the advantages of an apartment and a house but are often characterized by a high occupant density.
Would you like to take advantage of home building subsidies?
Home building subsidies lower the expense for your home but bring with them certain restrictions on its use. For example: Proving that the subsidized dwelling is a primary residence, a prohibition on leasing, the subsidizing agency having a say in determining the sale price, etc.
Where should your home be?
- Is the neighborhood serviced by public transportation lines?
- At what intervals do they stop and what hours do they operate?
- Are there shopping options in the immediate vicinity?
- What is the situation with pharmacies, tobacconists, banks, etc.?
- Where are the nearest physicians, the nearest hospital? Where is the nearest daycare, the nearest school?
- Can you participate in your favorite sports in the area?
- Are there cultural and entertainment options (theater, cinema, etc.)?
- How can you reach your place of work?
- Is there sufficient parking in the immediate area, or can parking or garage spaces be leased or purchased?
How large should your new home be?
- Do you want a small single apartment?
- Do you need an inexpensive student apartment?
- Are you looking for a spacious single-family home?
- How much space will your children need and for how long will they need it?
- Should there be a guest room or hobby rooms?
How many rooms do you need?
- Living room and dining room separate or joined?
- A room for every child or a large children’s room that could be partitioned later?
- Do you also work at home?
- Can there be walk-through rooms or must all rooms have separate entrances?
- How much storage space is required?
- How important is a balcony or a terrace?
Furnished or unfurnished?
If necessary furniture comes with the dwelling, this can significantly reduce the initial costs. However, it can also be useful to allow a home to grow on its own and only furnish it slowly as your living habits take form.
You have decided!
Your search is complete and you have found your dream property. Now you are faced with drawing up of the contract, processing of the transaction, administrative processes, financing, etc. Your s REAL consultant will help you with all of these issues and stay by your side until you move into your new home.