Before you can start tearing down the bedroom or renovating the kitchen, you need a house to call your own. To do that, you have to get on the market and start looking high and low. This won’t please most people because house hunting is a notoriously difficult job. After all, the chances are you are a novice trying to navigate a complex and intricate industry. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be as hard as it seems as long as you know the tricks of the trade. The good news is that you can find them below if you continue reading.

Don’t Focus On The House

Of course, it is easy to concentrate on the building as that is the main feature. But, it isn’t the only asset that comes with a property. For the most part, a house and land come together. It may be a small amount, yet it still makes a significant difference. The reasons are simple: demand and flexibility. Firstly, demand for houses is high all around the world. So, if you have enough space, the resale value will be much higher than the initial asking price. Also, additional land gives you a choice to build and extend if you grow too big for the property. As such, the land is just as important as the house.

Less Is More

On your journey, there will be lots of houses and lots of viewings. However, the more you look at, the bigger the chance of over analysing. Now, that can sound like an ignorant way to tackle the house hunting process, but, in truth, it is logical. Anyway, most people make a decision early on and stick with it until the bitter end. By viewing a selection of homes, then, you will save more time and hassle. The trick is to write down what you want most in a home and pick the ones which have all the right features. Once you have three to five properties, you should focus only on them.


The hardest thing for a family to do is visualise their life in a new house. This is particularly challenging when the property you are viewing is full of the current owner’s belongings. Obviously, there isn’t much you can do about this because it isn’t your home, yet. All you can do is to try and clear away all the clutter, metaphorically speaking, and peer into the future. Hopefully, this trick will help you see the house’s full potential.


Take Photos

Even when you view three of fours properties, your memory can let you down. And, it can even make it appear better in your mind than it was in real life. To avoid this, you need to take photos of the property or even a video. That way, you can look back on what you saw and compare it to the other houses that are in contention. Just make sure you ask for permission first.

The last thing you want is a homeowner accusing you of casing the joint!