Where do you live?
In the booming western suburbs in a home we built in 2017 and moved into in 2018.
What do you love most about your home?
Absolutely everything, from our garden in which we grow fruit and vegies to our snug little home theatre.
Have you changed anything?
We changed our light fittings and some kitchen fixtures and put in ceiling fans. We got a landscaper in to do the bare minimum, like levelling the ground and putting in some topsoil, but we did most of the landscaping ourselves, including laying the grass, building raised garden beds and designing our front yard.
One more thing you’d change?
We would definitely replan our home layout and landscaping.
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How many homes have you ever bought?
Just this one. We are truly in awe of anyone who has ever bought more than one home in their lives. Our current and only mortgage has given us grey hair and sleepless nights.
Are you keen or reluctant property buyers?
We are keen property buyers because it is important for both of us to have our own home for relaxing, entertaining and experiencing the joys of decorating and gardening.
The highlights of your property journey?
Taking the very first snaps of our empty block of land and realising that it was the first step towards owning our own home was a thrilling experience.
No lowlights. Our property journey was pretty quick, smooth and comfortable.
Best property advice you have heard?
Always engage an independent building inspector to help guide you through all the different stages of the build. Also, know that any structural design changes like adding a window, et cetera, are best done through the builder, but adding downlights and other electrical changes are best done later through a private electrician after moving in — it’s way cheaper.
Worst property advice you have heard?
Try and visualise what the house looks like from the plan — there’s no need to see a display home. In reality, that does not work.
Any tips for homebuyers?
Visit as many display homes as possible to get an idea of layout. Hire a good financial broker to do the running around and come back to you with the best home loan. Once you start living in your new home, shop around to get the best and cheapest deals from websites like ServiceSeeking if you want to do renovations, landscaping or additional fixtures.
Future property plans?
We love the TV show Escape to the Country. One day, in about two decades, we intend to retire in a cottage in the countryside with beautiful views.
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