Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

All Aspects of New Home

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

All Aspects of New Home

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Vikki Berardi

YOUR home is not only a roof over your head, it's also the central point of your family's lifestyle. When you're looking for a new home, whether you're building or buying a property off the market, it's important to focus on what will suit the work, school and social commitments of the people in your household.

Falling in love with a home based on its fabulous kitchen or gorgeous rose bushes will be of little value when you're sitting in traffic on your route to work or during the school drop-offs. A stunning feature wall or quirky bird bath won't help you coordinate the grocery shopping with the kids' sports training or compensate for features that may be more important to your family.

The features of a home and the facilities available in the community in which it's situated are of vital significance to ensuring your new property offers the best possible quality of lifestyle.

Your New Home Checklist

This checklist is a useful reminder of features that can add value to your home and make it a more comfortable place to live. You can use it when you're comparing homes or locations to build. You might also want to use it as a reminder list when you're talking with real estate agents and builders.

Compile a list of the needs and wants of everyone in your household, consider the following points:

Getting started:

acentsOur family's a[approximately]must haves'

acentsOur family's a[approximately]wish list'

acentsNumber of bedrooms required

acentsNumber of bathrooms

acentsOur budget range

Tips

acentsMake sure your a[approximately]must have' list includes features that save on running costs and enhance resale value, like good insulation and an efficient hot water system

acentsThink about how often your family might use a formal living or dining area before you add them to your a[approximately]must have' list.

Choosing where to live

acentsSuburbs or estates our family is considering

acentsWill we be close to everything we need a shops, schools, parks, public transport, etc?

acentsOur location a[approximately]must haves'

acentsBest location for us would be

acentsWill we be able to position a home on our block so it has good access to sun, ideally with the long side or back facing north? …

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