In the Process of Choosing a New Home? These Factors Will Have the Biggest Impact on Your Happiness
Blog by Ray Smiley | November 12th, 2014
Most people want a lot of things from a new home. Chances are they will want more space, a better location, more features and a more modern and reliable build among other things and that's just for starters. Of course though, the reality is that most of us are going to be restricted by budget which means we'll need to make compromises. You can't get everything you want and so you need to think very carefully about what you really want and what you want most.
This is where many people will make the biggest mistakes. They will think about the things that they thinkthey should want or the things that look best on paper as being the most important – when really it's offer the smaller aspects that have the biggest impact on quality of life. And really, isn't quality of life the most important thing you want from a house?
Leaving aside the financial prospects of a property for a moment then, let's take a look at some of the factors that have the biggest impact on your day to day life and thus your happiness.
Proximity to Amenities
Living close to amenities and civilization in general can be a huge boon and have a very big impact on your happiness daily. While there are benefits to living somewhere remote of course, the ability to be able to pop down the road in five minutes and come back with milk is not something that should be underestimated. Likewise, being able to go out for a coffee with a friend or an impromptu meal with your loved one can also be a huge boon.
While you want to be near to the amenities though, you don't want to be near to the local nightclub that is going to be blasting out music until all hours and then turfing out local drunks at 3am. Living somewhere noisy can not only ruin your peace and quiet and thus increase anxiety and stress, but if can also prevent you from getting sound sleep which in turn can have negative knock-on effects on your health and general wellbeing.
The ideal situation then would be to live somewhere close to a town center but not so close as to have lots of people walking past or to be able to hear the hubbub from the local venues.
This is one of the biggest factors of all. Some people will commute for up to an hour a day, or be forced to get crowded busses first thing in the morning in the freezing cold. These things can actually be soul destroying and if you only lived a little nearer then you could save an hour or more of your time every day, get more sleep and possibly even come home for lunch. You'd save a lot of money too – so this is very much something to consider.
Likewise, the proximity of friends is also very important to your happiness. Being able to go out and grab a drink with friends or have them over for quick visits is a great way to be more social which in turn makes us happier and feel a lot less lonely. Of course if you're not a social type you might want to avoid being right on their doorstep. For all these reasons, the location of your real estate is very important.
A broken boiler might not sound like the worst thing in the world, but after a hard day at work and a row with your spouse, it can be the last straw that makes you want to curl up in a ball and play dead. The same goes for persistent leaks that can slowly grind you down and deteriorate your health. Apart from anything else, buying a home and then finding that there is a lot wrong with it can make you feel as though you've been duped or betrayed and it can cost you a huge amount of money. The result is stress, expense and affected health – so make sure you get a surveyor in and be very careful to check the property over for any signs of wear and tear.
The size of your property is also very important. While there is a point where extra size will stop giving you extra happiness, it's still very important that you have at least a basic amount of space for your family so that you aren't living 'on top' of one another and likely to cause arguments. Space makes us feel less claustrophobic too, gives us more options for things we want to do around our homes and means we can buy nicer things. It even means we'll have more option to entertain guests! And again, it's really the friends and the family in your home that add the most value to a property.