Knowing which features matter when buying a home

Family with two boys (4 and 6 years) standing in front of house with FOR SALE sign in front yard. Focus on sign.

Buying a home on your own can be difficult but buying a home with your spouse or partner plus a few children can be overwhelming. This is mainly because everyone’s needs from a home will differ from one another. Here are a few tips to help you handle this challenging decision.

Prioritizing property wants and needs – Ask everyone concerned to list down what they consider “must haves” and “nice to haves”. This will give you a good idea about everyone’s priorities when buying a home. Consider aspects like size, quality, and location of the property.

A property reality check – You should be realistic on what you can afford in relation to what is available in the market. Consider aspects like budget, the property, location and what compromises you will have to make to ensure you stay within budget.

Common property disagreements – Common issues for disagreement include the number of bedroom or bathrooms, the location, the number of parking spaces and the level of renovation that will have to be done. You should decide prior on how much renovation you are prepared to

Get real and start compromising – It is best to take your time and not fight about what home you should be buying. Instead, understand that you will never find a property that ticks both of your boxes. Therefore be ready to compromise on what you are willing to forgo.