Building & Renovating

6 Features of an Ideal Home

Ready to make that move? Here are what you need to consider

Photography: Jilson Tiu (Main Photo)

Buying your own home may be one of your biggest dreams for yourself or your family, but it also takes a lot of serious thought before making an investment as big and costly as this. While there are a number of options for potential homeowners to choose from, it’s important to really take the time to pick the right property for you.

Here are six factors to consider before you embark on a big—excuse the pun—move like purchasing a home.

1. Location

Surely you’ve encountered condominium sales agents selling a property by highlighting its location. Keep in mind that when looking for a home based on its “ideal location,” this does not refer only to its proximity to commercial and business establishments.

You must also take into consideration its accessibility and convenience in terms of your own lifestyle as you will be living here in many years to come. For instance, don’t choose a home close to your place of work if you don’t see yourself working with your present employer in the next five or 10 years. Remember that this home will be where you will start and end your day, so choose one that allows you optimum mobility in terms of traffic and public transportation.

RL Tip: Make time for a site visit and test out your possible routes to and from work to get a feel of how your daily commute will be like.

2. Structural Details and Quality

Another important thing to consider when looking for a home is how comfortable you feel within its space. If you’re leaning towards a condo unit that’s already built, visit the site—not just the showroom—and do a thorough tour of the building.

Get a feel of its hallways and elevators, spend some time inside a unit exactly or closely similar to yours, and inspect the common areas and facilities, taking note of any wear and tear on the structure. If it’s still on pre-selling stage, go over the blueprint with the agent and check out a sample unit, making sure to ask the agent about how the unit looks in its barest form to get an idea of the actual space of the unit.

If you’re considering purchasing a developer-built house and lot, it’s important to inspect the model unit to see the materials used throughout the structure. Request from the agent a vicinity map to get an idea as to what the neighborhood looks like.

RL Tip: Do a site visit with your home companions, if possible, to get an idea how it feels like to actually live in your potential home. Get their insights as well, as this home will also be theirs.

3. Unit Features

Making time for a site visit should include an inspection of the home’s various features such as the windows and doors, beams, built-in shelving, and the like. This will give you a clearer assessment as to how much you need to change or improve on in terms of making your home your own. It will also give you good insight as to what type of home best suits you, in relation to how many improvements you are willing to invest in.

RL Tip: Whether or not your mind is set on the type of home you want to buy, it helps to see a model unit of your chosen home as it gives you a clear picture of what to expect once you’re ready to move in.

4. Amenities

After inspecting the actual home you will be buying, step outside and take some time to check the condo or village amenities for recreation and entertainment. As these are a part of the home you are purchasing, it’s important to know what other benefits you and your family will be enjoying once you get settled into your new home.

Visit the pool and gym to see if the facilities are well-maintained and serviceable. Take note of operating hours, exclusivity, and any other additional fees. Consider as well the condo or village’s waste management system, including other environmental and eco-sustainability efforts.

RL Tip: If you can, try to befriend some residents and ask about the amenities and facilities. They’re the best people to ask, as they have first-hand experience on what it’s like living in that neighborhood.

5. Admin Rules

By this time, you should have a somewhat clearer idea whether or not you will proceed with purchasing your chosen home. However, take it a step further and inquire about the condo or village rules and restrictions. For instance, you may need to check with the condo admin if pets are allowed in your building. Request for the rules beforehand to manage your expectations and avoid disappointments—and penalties!—later on.

RL Tip: Some condominium properties allow unit owners to have pets, but with certain limitations. It won’t hurt to ask for more information.

READ: Important Condo Services You Need To Take Note Of

6. Density

A final word: for condominium properties, it’s important to consider the number of tenants who reside in the property as this would affect how busy the elevators are and how full the amenities may be.

RL Tip: Find out from the condo administrator the number of units per floor and inquire about the number and demographics of the tenants to get an idea how full and busy the condo may be.

This article originally appeared in Real Living's My First Home Book. Download your digital copy of Real Living and its specials on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

PHOTOS: Pexels and Jilson Tiu (3)

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