Buying or building a house is a huge decision that entails a lot of considerations (and money). One of these is the location. No matter how perfect and beautiful your house is, it will be difficult to call it your dream home if it’s in a bad location. Imagine a four-bedroom house, beautifully designed and crafted with a well-kept front lawn and an amazing backyard garden, and yet it’s in a rowdy and crime-ridden neighbourhood that’s also prone to flooding — well, you get the point.
While it’s true that everyone has different tastes and preferences on where they want to live (i.e. some prefer the busy urban setting, and others prefer more quiet neighbourhoods), there are some common “requirements” that every house location needs to meet for it to be the right location. Before you look for real estate for sale in Townsville, it’s best to consider the following to help you find the right home.
#1 It Meets Your Needs and Wants
It’s important for you to know exactly what your preferences are so you can narrow down your choices. Bring out your pen and paper and ask yourself (and your partner) what you want in terms of location. Do you prefer the busy urban life setting of the big city, or would you rather go for a quiet suburban neighbourhood? Maybe, you prefer a beachside property, too? Regardless of your preferences, it’s best that your chosen location should still meet the other requirements in this list.
#2 Safety and Emergency Services
Your home should be where you can sleep soundly, knowing that you, your family, and your belongings are safe. If you choose a house in a bad neighbourhood (i.e. one that has a high crime rate and/or has a bad reputation for other illegal activities) just because it’s more affordable, know that no amount of money can pay for peace of mind and safety.
Do your research and ask around to make sure that your preferred location is completely safe. You have to take into account natural threats such as flooding and bushfires. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that your home is somewhere near or accessible to emergency services such as the fire station, police station, and hospital. The last thing you would want is to have a house in the middle of a forest that’s quiet, but also leaves you vulnerable and helpless in case of an emergency.
#3 Proximity to Amenities, Work, and School
You would definitely want a house that’s near malls, stores, or shops where you can buy everything you need, from food to clothing. It also wouldn’t hurt to be located in places with repair shops and other service-based businesses that you might need. The location must also have utilities such as the Internet, clean water, and electricity. You don’t have to be close to these stores, but it’s important for them to be accessible from your home. If you don’t have a vehicle, you may also want to consider a location that has access to a bus stop or subway. Lastly, it’s important that your dream home isn’t located too far from where you work or where your children study.
Your house’s location can spell the difference between a dream home and a dwelling place that you would want to move out of as soon as possible. Don’t make the same mistake as other homeowners have and make sure that you take note of these location-picking tips to help you choose the best and right spot for your dream home.