May it be in a condo in BGC, Makati or Quezon City or a house and lot in Cavite or Laguna, we all have that dream home wherein all of the features we want would be present. A big garden, a grand foyer, a gate and perhaps an Olympic pool but then again, these are some of the features not every single one of us can afford. With this being the case, we choose to compromise and forgo these dream features in favor of more necessary attributes our homes should have.
However, in our quest to have top notch aesthetic value when it comes to our abode, we often neglect to account the other features that might be missing from our homes. Your master bedroom may look stylish, organized and elegant with all the right furnishings, but there is hardly any space to move around considering the innumerable furnishings you have inside. Your kitchen may play host to gleaming granite countertops and country themed cabinets and drawers yet you have failed to notice there is insufficient space for preparing your meals.
More often than not, you can compromise by downsizing the bedroom furniture and buying bookcases and several storage materials. For privacy, fences and curtains may work. Other times, you will just have to learn how to live what you have already bought. That or you can make sure to have a checklist of non-negotiable features your future home should have.This article will help you identify those immutable features below.
This article will help you identify those immutable features below.
AN EASY COMMUTE
You might live in the best neighborhood in the city and might have all the needed amenities a dream house should feature. But all that becomes nil when you have to drive for at least an hour before reaching your place of work. Before deciding on an ideal place to settle down, test out the drive to and from your workplace. If it seems convenient and hassle free, then you can cross this off your checklist. Some people do not necessarily drive so an imperative feature your next home should have is one that is in the proximity of bus and jeepney hubs that can take you to your place of work ideally in less than three rides.
Distance can always be compromised if you can easily negotiate with the traffic in your city. Otherwise, it is better to stick to a place where you can make a living and be on time for work.
EXTRA STORAGE SPACE
You can never go wrong with a house that has too much storage room. The notion that houses featuring less than adequate pre-installed storage space can easily be compromised by buying wardrobes, storage boxes, etc. is erroneous. For one, buying extra items for storage purposes is going to take up room in your home regardless or not of whether you have a storage room. Secondly, you are going to accumulate more items over time, so it would be best if you have somewhere to store them rather than have your house looking like an organized mess.Inspect your new home thoroughly; see if there are sufficient kitchen cupboards, pantries, closets big enough to fit all of your apparel and the works.
Inspect your new home thoroughly; see if there are sufficient kitchen cupboards, pantries, closets big enough to fit all of your apparel and the works.
SPACE FOR YOUR CAR
This is a feature most potential homebuyers overlook or worse, compromise with by parking their cars out on the street. Apart from inviting danger by precariously parking your car in the open (unless you plan to live in a gated neighborhood), you are potentially going to rub your neighbors in the wrong way. Parking out in the street means that you have designated a permanent space for your car that, unfortunately, will cause an inconvenience to your neighbors when they will use the road during their commute.
By not having a home for your car, you are indirectly claiming a parking space in the street which newsflash: you have not paid for. Be a considerate neighbor and buy a house that also has a home for your car. Remember, if you cannot afford a home for your car, maybe you should reconsider having a car at all.
This is going to be your home for a very long time, and if you want to live comfortably then, you will have to make nice with your neighbors. You do not have to be friends with every single one of your neighbors, although I would highly encourage that. But you need to find the right balance wherein the people you surround yourself are ones that you can see living for a very long time with. You may not exactly share one roof, but their proximity will force you to an inevitable interaction. Besides, no one likes a neighbor who stays locked up inside their houses and does not mingle. Your future home should not only your haven and solace. It should also be a place where you can foster good relationships with people, a community where you are not only at ease but feel at home as well. After all, what kind of home are you planning to live in if you do not feel at home in there at all?
Your future home should not only your haven and solace. It should also be a place where you can foster good relationships with people, a community where you are not only at ease but feel at home as well. After all, what kind of home are you planning to live in if you do not feel at home in there at all?
Before writing a check for that next flat, make sure you have checked these four items off your checklist first. Mull it over and do a quick test run and immerse yourself in the feel of your potential home. Additionally, you should ask yourself an important question whether or not the home would suit both you and the way you intend to live your life. Finally,
Finally, your last non-negotiable feature for your future home should be that it should be one that fits not only you but your lifestyle as well.