You’ve tied the knot and you’re all ready to start this amazing journey into the rest of your lives. The first big step is always buying a home, and it’s something that you want to pay special attention to. To help you out on your journey, here are some tips that will ensure you have the best possible experience with your first home for as long as it serves you.
Be careful with size
A lot of people have grand ideas of buying a mansion that they will grow their family in and live all of their lives in. Slow it down. Buying a “forever home” might seem like the ultimate goal, but it’s actually not the smartest move right now. Starting with something
smaller and eventually building up to your dream mansion (if you still think you need it in a few years) will give you the opportunity to really nail what it is you want and need in your life together and allow you a much better choice of homes. The size of your first home should really depend on your routines so far and your plans for the future. Are there kids already on the way? Are you planning on some? Do you work from home? Do you like to each have your own space? What is your budget? Do you have to commute across a big city like Sydney? All of these are things that will help you decide how big of a home you want, and where it should be. If you’ve lived together before you got married, you probably have a good idea of what you want, but keep future plans in mind while you’re browsing.
Give yourselves a bit of luxury
There’s no point in buying a great house in a great location if you’re going to be sleeping on the floor because you blew your budget on the extra room. Going small but then equipping it perfectly is a much smarter option. There are local pool builders in Sydney that will install a spa bath in your bathroom that will make you feel like you live in a luxury villa. Give yourself a good, comfortable bed. A desk and chair that you feel comfortable at. A full-sized kitchen, fully equipped for entertaining guests, or maybe a liquor bar for cocktail nights? Fill the house with things you’re actually going to use and enjoy, because otherwise it’s just not going to be worth it.
Do it gradually
Trying to get everything in the house done at once will put a strain on you financially, stress you out and rob you of the opportunity to get to know the place first. Live there for a while as-is. Sit in corners and wait until you have an “a table would go really well here” feeling, then buy that table. Change the arrangement of furniture a million times before you settle on it. See where the light is best at what part of day and decide on wall colors and TV placements then. See whether you really need that extra countertop, or if you’re managing with the ones you have just fine. Live in the place and gradually build it up. That’s really what will make the place feel like home all throughout.
And eventually, be ready to say goodbye to that home. You might need more space, or less. You might want to live in a different part of the world or give that home to your kids. You might flip it for double than what you bought it for and get that mansion you’ve been dreaming of. But no matter what you do, remember that “home” is what you take with you, not what you leave behind.