It’s exciting to go house hunting, especially knowing that you could be a step closer to your dream home. But it’s also not a secret that it can be stressful. Think about the long list of to-do’s. Write down needs and wants. Go to property showings. Weigh the pros and cons of each place. Take lots of pictures for later reference. Talk to your agent. The list goes on.
The journey feels harder when you’re hunting for a place with a spouse who happens to be miles away working overseas. As you can imagine, the entire set-up can be a hotbed for miscommunication and fights. Prepare before hitting the property market, so you can make this journey not just less stressful for the both of you, but also very rewarding.
Make your house hunting hassle-free with these four tips:
1. Decide on a Location
Choosing where to live is a common debate among spouses who are house hunting. One wants the urban area, in the middle of the hustle and bustle. The other prefers the rural, tucked away for peace and quiet. To start on the right foot, settle the location.
After all, this aspect will determine almost everything in your life, from your travel time to and from essential amenities, to the schools your kids will attend, and the kind of community you’ll live in.
Look for a neighborhood that has the best of both worlds, the peace and quiet of the rural place and the hustle and bustle of the urban area. Check out Endura Land Development Corporation’s Woodside by Endurahomes.
Sitting along Tanza-Trece Martires Road in Cavite, this neighborhood is located between SM Trece Martires and Puregold Tanza. It’s accessible through various roads including Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX), Daang Hari, and Carmona Exit.
Moreover, it’s close to prestigious academic institutions, namely the Good Tree International School, Our Lady of Remedios Montessori School, and Thomas Aquinas School. Business parks are likewise close by. Aside from accessibility, this community features green, open spaces, taking cues from its rural surroundings.
Living in Woodside by Endurahomes, you’ll enjoy the tranquility of a provincial area and the cosmopolitan lifestyle of an urban district.
2. Determine How Much You Can Afford
After the location, your top consideration is the budget. Don’t go out looking for houses until you agree with your spouse what price range you’ll be working with. Otherwise, you’ll just have house envy. You’ll be tempted to stretch out your mortgage budget, which may be a cause of big fights later on.
But of course, if you have a bigger budget, you have more options to upsize your home. Consider the fourth phase of Endura Land’s Woodside, The Presidio. With bigger house and lot cuts, you can use your family home for years.
Take advantage of the promos from developers today. Endura Land offers these downpayment discounts on Woodside houses:
- P20,000 for Phase 1 and 2
- P30,000 for Phase 3
- P50,000 for The Presidio
Back in September, the developer gave a P20,000 discount to those who settled their first downpayment within 30 days after reservation. This month, they’re offering huge discounts for those reserving a property. With these promos, agree on the budget with your spouse. Then, stick to it while house hunting.
3. Create a Home Essentials List
The biggest sources of couple fights during house hunting are the missed expectations and different preferences. While determining where to live, you should also agree on what kind of home you’ll have. List the things you need and want in a house. It’s better if you make this separately. This way, you see two things: must-haves you both consider a priority, and nice-to-haves that you should be discussing further.
Remember, home essentials include location, lot and size dimensions, number of rooms, and availability or size of the outdoor area. The wants may include your aesthetic preferences, say, the specific theme of the house.
If you’re not sure yet of what to include in your list, browse through model houses online to envision the space you would want. Woodside by Endurahomes has different home types for different types of homeowners. Check out your options in The Presidio:
- Alamo: 60 sqm lot area; 36 sqm floor area
- Alameda: 60 sqm lot area; 39 sqm floor area
- Ashton: 60 sqm lot area; 49 sqm floor area
- Duncan: 80 sqm lot area; 62 sqm floor area
- Embarcadero: 80 sqm lot area; 66sqm floor area
- Fell: 80 sqm lot area; 76 sqm floor area
- Grant: 80 sqm lot area; 83 sqm floor area
As you can see, these houses come bigger, better for a growing family. These properties have a San Franciscan-American style. If you’re into that classic design, take inspiration from these homes from Woodside by Endurahomes.
4. Use Modern Technologies
This doesn’t only pertain to communication platforms, such as chat apps and video conferences. Consider actual house hunting technologies, too. Here are some you should explore:
- Official websites of developers. These will give you all the information you need to know about a property. Everything’s here, from house models, amenities, site maps, and the progress of the development.
- Real estate listing websites. Since these platforms feature different properties, they will help you compare homes based on price range, location, and amenities. In the case of Lamudi, you can see the nearest landmarks to the house, as well as neighborhood ratings.
- Social media pages. Most developers use their social media platforms to give buyers a peek of the interiors of the house. On top of that, they feature images of the neighborhood. Connect easily with the developers through social media. Schedule free onsite tripping by messaging the official Facebook page of Endurahomes.
- Virtual tours. If you want a property tour that’s close to real life, then digital showings are your best bet. You may also see these in developers’ social platforms. For instance, in Woodside by Endurahomes, their Facebook page features a guided tour of the house where you’ll see the smart layout, excellent finishes, and design upgrades. They also have 3D interior mock-ups of the house models on their Lamudi listings.
It’s especially difficult to search for a perfect home when you’re doing it with a spouse who’s overseas. Nonetheless, it’s possible to make it less stressful. Use this guide for a hassle-free journey.