Consider your holidaying style
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,"
"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."
"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.
"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."