Being newly married is an amazing time, and arguably the best time in any relationship. Beginning a life with your new partner is an exciting and dizzying endeavor. It’s a time that you’ll remember forever, and the decisions you make now will affect the rest of your lives. Do you want to build a family? Do you want to focus on your careers for now?
It’s overwhelmingly likely that if you’re married, you’ll want to live with your spouse. There’s a great chance you’ve been living together for a while. Sometimes though, it’s time to expand your familial operation, especially if you’re expecting a child. A great way to introduce to the world that your family is here, vibrant, and ready for anything is to purchase a new property.
But where should you set up? There’s a likelihood you’ll be here for some time, so it’s best to make the correct decisions. The question to ask yourselves here is ‘what’s important to us?’ Do you desire to be somewhere that the schools are unquestionably good. Do you desire to live on a ranch, sustainable?
This checklist is a handy guide to follow when finding the right place for and ultimately purchasing your new family home.
Location is the very first step you should consider. Where do you want to stay? Are you a city-focused citizen who enjoys being at the cutting edge of technology? Do you want your child to have the easiest transport links, teenage job opportunities etc? Or are you more of a countryside lover, motivated to stay as close to nature for your own health? The latter option will be cheaper, while the foremost might give you more access to social opportunities for a higher rental or purchasing cost.
Make a 5/10/15 year plan, and make sure that you keep your career in mind. Could you make more money elsewhere? Now is one of the better times to assess that before you begin your family.
Assessing the property value with a thorough inspection using an SPI Property Inspections Team will help you keep the peace of mind that your purchase is correct, and not hasty. Taking the time to correctly vet the property you’d like to set up your family name in is always worth it. You don’t want your first years of marriage to be married with the memory of intense maintenance, and the cost that comes with it.
Taking a little time for foresight can help you immensely here.
Access To Schools
If you are planning to have children, taking the time to assess the availability of select schools in your area is advantageous. Do you wish that your child attends a public or private school? Which of those are the best? Would you like to have your child stay there during term time, or come home to maximize your family interactions? A thorough check online can yield you much of this information, but for the best, most reliable reports, talking with the local populace of your intended destination can give you certain insight missing from official school reports.
What are the interests of the local culture? Each town will have its own quirks and making sure that you enjoy them too is a great way to introduce yourself to the community. Maybe you hate seafood, and that’s the local focus of cuisine. Remember to keep this as a forefront, because you want to set up your family somewhere that you love every aspect of. This might not be a massive deal-breaker for you, but having local amenities to progress your chosen hobbies can be a great way to feel at one with your surroundings.
How long will the work commute be? Will you have time for this and the school run in the mornings? How much free time will you have? Sometimes the perfect location to live just isn’t worth the four-hour daily commute to and from your job. List the pro’s and con’s of what is important to you at this moment in time, and again to the 5, 10 and 15-year plan according to how you think your tastes might change. It might be that living in the middle of a city is something you love right now, but you might be tired of doing so within 5 years. As always, exercise foresight.
Wherever you decide to set up your family home, what makes it your family home is the love you bring to it. Having your own space to start your family is exciting, and the start of a new chapter in your life. Grab this opportunity with both hands, and remember to enjoy it as much as you can.