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Selwyn Times: October 31, 2017

2 Looking for a property

2 Looking for a property – what really counts? You are in the market for a new property, scrolling the Internet, examining properties for sale and zeroing in on those with potential. They might be in locations that offer cheaper land, larger houses, or convenience to work or school. You may have visited show homes and open homes becoming confused, overwhelmed or swept away with emotional factors like having everything new, or extra features such as three car garaging. To be happy with your choice, list the features that you need, considering: • Family space – Is there room for the children to play indoors and for television and entertainment units? Should this be open plan or separated? • Kitchen – What needs to be in your kitchen? How serious are you about a butler’s pantry? Is it a whim or something that offers a practical solution to the way you use your kitchen? • Bedroom sizes – What are optimum sizes? Smaller bedrooms may translate to slightly lower building costs while extra space can be useful. When looking at existing homes, consider whether the size of each bedroom is sufficient. • Garaging – A standard double garage once two cars are parked there offers little space for the toys. What toys do you have and could they live with the lawnmower in a garden shed, a cheaper option to three car garaging? If the budget allows and a larger garage with workshop is important, make it a selection priority. • Size of land – Lifestyle properties offer space for children, pets, hobbies, an expansive garden and perhaps a home-run business but they require work so are not for everyone and a compact section might be more sensible if a tight budget or busy lifestyle. • Bathrooms – Second and third bathrooms are great in homes with teenagers and a wet shower room is ideal for young children. A bath might be fashionable though is often not used and its absence could mean a more spacious bathroom. • Laundry – Would a laundry in the garage do the job? • Storage – How much storage do you need? Weigh up what can truly be stored in the garage once vehicles are in, a preference in winter. Garages vary in size so check the size to ensure your vehicles will fit. Look also at where else the house offers storage capacity such as in hall cupboards, a large hot water cylinder cupboard, wardrobes (check their width and depth), walkin robe, attic storage trusses, as well as the potential for hooks and shelving in the garage for bikes, tools, garden equipment and even kayaks. • Off-street parking – How many vehicles can be parked on the driveway? Will this space be sufficient? • Garden - Is there sufficient space for your children to play or for entertaining? A checklist will allow you to determine what will suit your needs, the point of the exercise, saving you time looking at properties or potential house designs while assisting you to decide whether to buy a new or existing home with both options having advantages and disadvantages. Harcourts Grenadier Halswell - Residential and Lifestyle Property Specialists in the Christchurch and Selwyn Districts At Harcourts Grenadier Halswell, we have the knowledge, expertise, and drive to secure the best possible outcome when buying or selling your home. With several new subdivisions having been developed in recent years, Halswell is now one of Christchurch’s most sought after areas, and the in-depth knowledge our team has of the local and surrounding real estate markets will make the process as smooth and stress free as possible. Our hardworking and enthusiastic agents are open and engaging with their clients, yet fiercely determined when it comes to securing the best possible results. With extensive knowledge of local property markets, Harcourts Grenadier Halswell is your one stop shop for both rural and residential listings. Whether you’re looking to move on, move in, or even make a savvy investment, our polished and professional team is here to help. Business owners Hamish and Sarah Mcleod along with Grenadier Real Estate are dediciated to providing the very best results for their clients and offer ongoing support and training for their sales agents. All backed by the number 1 franchise in the South Island, a dedicated auction team and world renowned in house facilities. Hamish McLeod AREINZ Business Partner M 027 555 7047 E hamish.mcleod@harcourts.co.nz Sarah McLeod AREINZ Business Partner M 021 928 767 E sarah.mcleod@harcourts.co.nz AUCTION 16 NOV 9 Kissel Street, TEMPLETON AUCTION 9 NOV 4 Bluff Road, SHEFFIELD 550 Buchanans Road, YALDHURST AUCTION 23 NOV 3 1 1 1 4 1 1 4 5 3 1 2 Ayliss Ripley 0274 474 775 Grenadier Real Estate Ltd MREINZ Licensced Agent REAA 2008 Gael Kofoed 0272 266 862 Gael Kofoed 0272 266 862

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