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So how long have you been house hunting before finding your home? How did you find it? And what did you compromise on? Was it location? Or was it the garden? Or was it the age of the property? Or did you make compromises inside the house (layout, number of rooms, flooring, etc.)? Is it your dream home or do you ever regret your decision (especially if moving far away from the initially planned location?)
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We had a big list of "Must-haves". Write them down. It's easy to get side-tracked regarding the real issues.
Make a list of these and also a list of "Nice-to-haves"
We compromised on a couple of things -we have tiled floors rather than wood. Having said that, although they don't make the place cosy, they're incredibly practical.
When the kids are older, we may replace some with wood.
The kitchen has elements that are a bit old but fully functional.
They reckon that if a place meets around 75% of your needs then you should go for it as you'll probably not find anything else better.
Our Must-have list included:
Enough bedrooms and studies.
Close to schools.
Close to public transport.
Close to work.
Nice neighbourhood for running and walks. Location - can we sell it again?
Not too noisy location.
We got everything and more besides.
We were always looking but not seriously as we really liked our old place and were in no hurry to move. That really helps as there's less stress involved with no time restraints.
We looked at one place - which we bought.
(My wife looked at one more but I didn't see the point as it had a garage a long way away from the house).