Key Lifestyle Considerations Before Buying or Renting a Property

Key lifestyle considerations before you buy or rent that property

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Home sweet home, as the saying goes, is something for which most of us search. Once we find a fitting option, this property becomes our safe space, sanctuary, and the place in which we experience great fulfilment. Here at Fine & Country South Africa, we understand that when it comes to buying or renting a property, you want to get it right the first time and mitigate as many risks as possible.

 

It is for this reason that we take the hassle out of finding your ideal home, so that you can simply focus on making your dreams a reality. If you are currently in the market for a new place to call your own, then have a look below at important aspects to first consider.

 

The budget you allow

 

Finances are generally not the most exciting factor when it comes to buying or renting a home, but they do determine how much you spend and, potentially, what kind of lifestyle you can afford after signing the contract. What first-time buyers, in particular, often fail to realise is that your monthly mortgage is not your only expense. Monthly utilities, maintenance, and even homeowner’s association fees are something to think about. Your new home should be an escape of respite, not a constant point of stress, so be sure to plan out your future finances.

 

Deciding on a location

 

Location not only plays a role in the market value of a property, but also whether or not a homeowner or tenant will enjoy their property. Considerations under your ideal location include your commute times to work each day, what kind of culture and community surrounds you, and even the level of safety in the area. Some individuals want to live in a lively, bustling city with a rich nightlife, and others want the freedom and privacy of a remote destination away from noise pollution and traffic. No matter your ideals, we can help you find the perfect area.

 

Amenities and recreation outside of the home

 

Convenience and ease of access to various amenities are important to many homeowners and tenants. It is important to list out amenities you wish to have nearby when searching for a new property to rent or buy. These amenities include:

 

  • Shopping and retail experiences
  • Medical facilities
  • Good schools and tertiary institutions
  • Parks, hiking trails, and tranquil outdoor spots to enjoy
  • Recreation centres, gyms, and spas
  • Main roads, highways, and public transport if need be
  • Places of worship or clubs to which one can belong

 

Lifestyle-specific features

 

Tied in with exciting things to do and see nearby, you will need to think about your household and which lifestyle features appeal to you most. Smart home automated technology, for example, is an important consideration for many busy families who need help managing their households. Some people want a large garden, spacious entertainment areas, a home gym or studio, or a massive kitchen and dining room in which to entertain family and friends. Another important feature is ample storage space that will allow families to expand their hobbies and fields of interest – whether this includes cycling or kayaking.

 

Your future plans

 

Your emotions surrounding a home today may change in the future, and families and individuals who wish to settle down should do so with the next couple of years in mind. Think about whether you want to start or grow your family, what kind of projects you wish to undertake, and how much you foresee your life changing. Thinking ahead today will spare you a lot of frustration five to ten years down the line.

 

For a property of distinction that encapsulates the luxury, warm welcoming, and facilities you are seeking, why not allow Fine & Country South Africa to help you in your search? For more information on our services and exclusive listings, be sure to get in touch with us today.

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