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Before you start looking

Do some groundwork before you start house hunting. Discuss with everyone in your household what they want in the new home and surroundings. Make a list of what’s important and divide it into must-haves and would-like-to-haves. Also, think about what you absolutely don’t want to live with. Here are some of the things you should consider:

Community

  • distance to work/shops
  • traffic
  • public transportation
  • schools and child care
  • places of worship
  • hospitals
  • libraries
  • green spaces
  • recreational facilities

Your home

  • style
  • size
  • number of bedrooms
  • home office space, etc.
  • layout – open or divided spaces; formal or informal; privacy needs; flexibility for changing use of space in the future
  • mobility restrictions; health considerations; indoor air quality
  • energy and water efficiency
  • outdoor spaces
  • pre-wiring for automation, security systems, communication, entertainment, business
  • special features – the things you have always dreamed of having

Financing

  • your deposit
  • the monthly loan repayments you are comfortable with
  • other financial obligations and needs

At this point, find out who the HIA member builders are in your community, check ads in your newspaper to get a sense of what builders are offering and talk with family, friends or co-workers who have recently had a new home built for them. Ask your bank for loan pre-approval so you know the price range you should be looking at. Attend a home show (e.g. http://www.hiahomeshows.com.au) to see the latest in features and finishes, and to meet a range of builders.

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