Con­sider your hol­i­day­ing style

George Herald - Private Property - - Property News -

While it's a no-brainer to fac­tor in cer­tain fea­tures when shop­ping for a new home, oth­ers are slightly eas­ier to over­look. Ac­cord­ing to re­gional di­rec­tor and

CEO of RE/MAX of South­ern Africa, Adrian Goslett, buy­ers of­ten fail to con­sider how they pre­fer to spend their hol­i­day sea­sons and leave days when they view prop­er­ties. "While this might not be an in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant fac­tor to con­sider when pur­chas­ing a home, it is worth keep­ing in mind when caught be­tween op­tions,"

Goslett ad­vises.

Ad­di­tional park­ing

"For ex­am­ple, if you are an avid camper or out­door en­thu­si­ast, it would be help­ful if a prop­erty has a large garage or tool shed where you will be able to store your equip­ment. If you have a car­a­van, trailer, boat, jet-ski or any other large out­door item, you will also need a prop­erty with ad­di­tional park­ing space or a large gar­den with di­rect ac­cess to the front of the prop­erty for easy ac­cess."

En­ter­tain­ment

"Those who like to host house guests will need to con­sider prop­er­ties with spa­cious guest bed­rooms and large en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas. If you like to host din­ner par­ties, then be sure that the prop­erty has space for a for­mal din­ing room set. If you pre­fer to host out­door braais, prop­er­ties with cov­ered out­door pa­tios would be best suited to you," Goslett rec­om­mends.

Lock-up-and-go

"For buy­ers who are of­ten away for week­ends or over the hol­i­day sea­sons, safety is one of the big­gest con­cerns. Prop­er­ties lo­cated within gated com­mu­ni­ties or se­cu­rity es­tates are your best op­tion. Think low main­te­nance, lock-upand-go homes with small gar­den spa­ces and plenty of se­cu­rity fea­tures."

Hol­i­day at home

On the op­po­site end of the spec­trum, home­own­ers who pre­fer spend­ing the hol­i­days in their homes should con­sider how they make use of the var­i­ous spa­ces. "If you spend most of your time in your lounge, then this ought to be the room you pay most at­ten­tion to when weigh­ing up your op­tions. Like­wise, if you're an avid baker or cook, you'll want to place the em­pha­sis on the kitchen. If you've got your­self a bit of a green thumb, then it would be the gar­den, and so on," Goslett ad­vises.

"Ul­ti­mately, find­ing your dream home is all about find­ing a prop­erty that can suit your lifestyle. That's why it is ben­e­fi­cial to in­volve a real es­tate pro­fes­sional to help you search. While you might not be aware of all the fea­tures that are help­ful to con­sider, real es­tate pro­fes­sion­als han­dle these kinds of con­sid­er­a­tions on a daily ba­sis and can re­mind you of what is im­por­tant, thereby min­imis­ing the risk of you pur­chas­ing a prop­erty that is not per­fectly suited to your lifestyle needs."

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