One of the most confusing things that happen when you’re hunting for a new house is finding a house that you love in a neighborhood or environment that you absolutely abhor.
Imagine spending weeks and even months trying to get a house that is even marginally close to what you want, and then you finally find the perfect house. But unfortunately, you can’t stand the environment at all.
Then comes the million-naira question: do you ignore the location and go for your lovely dream house or do you abandon your dream house in order to get away from the environment?
Say you want a very huge house with a dozen rooms, a garden in the backyard and enough space for children to run about. And now let’s further assume that you find this house in a location that you can’t stand. What do you do? Would you make your choice by flipping a coin?
Well, before you dig out that coin, here are some questions to ask yourself to make the decision easier for you.
1) DO YOU HAVE A LARGE FAMILY OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO START ONE?
If you have a large family, well you wouldn’t want them to be squashed together like sardines in a tiny house. In this case, you should certainly prioritize size over location. No, you are not settling for a location that you don’t like, you are simply being practical.
The same goes for planning to start a large family. You should plan ahead and get a large house that will be able to accommodate your family comfortably without having to reach over one another while trying to pick up something.
2) HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU MAKE?
In this case, it is not about having enough money to buy the house. It is about having enough money to maintain the house after purchase. It only follows logic that a large house will be more expensive to maintain.
Maintenance extends past cleaning the house itself to taking care of the compound and also fixing any of the numerous things that often need to be fixed or even replaced outrightly. Do you think you can afford this month after month?
3) HOW MUCH STUFF DO YOU OWN?
If you have a lot of furniture then you’ll need a place to keep them. The solution to this is getting a bigger house. This way you can keep your things without having to sell them off or give them away because you don’t have space to keep them.
On the other hand, if you do not own a lot of things, getting a big house may not exactly be a good idea because you’ll either end up with a house that looks sparse and empty, or you’ll have to spend more money buying furniture which can be very expensive indeed.
4) WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR FREE TIME?
If you’re a social butterfly who enjoys going out and having fun at different clubs and bars, then picking location over size would be the smart thing to do because it affords you the opportunity to be close to places and things that you love.
On the other hand, if you prefer to be alone, more space will keep you grounded and give you the opportunity to engage in a myriad of personal hobbies.
5) PROXIMITY TO WORK/SCHOOL
This is one very important factor that should not be ignored. Would you rather get a big house in a location that is far away from your place of employment or study, or would you rather go for a smaller house in a location that is close to your school or office?
When considering this factor, you should ask yourself if you’re willing to sit in hours of traffic and spend money on transportation, not to mention the level of stress that is involved in commuting a significant distance daily.
This should weigh heavily on your final decision. Do you really want to live in a location where you have to constantly be on guard and look over your shoulder every single time that you step outdoors?
Is it safe for children to play outdoors without risks of something bad happening to them? Is it safe to leave your car outside overnight without being scared that it will be stolen at night?
The security of the location should be a big deal to you and you should never compromise on it.
When it comes to picking location or house size, the final decision can only be made by you. The reins are in your hands. You can either pick a big house that suits your needs or pick a location that you love and has everything that you need. The questions above will help you make a guided decision on which to prioritize.