Nearly everyone has the dream of home ownership; around 70% of Australian households own or are purchasing their own home. For some, this means envisioning a backyard, a white picket fence and a family to fill it. For others, the phrase ‘dream home’ conjures busy apartment living and the pace of a city lifestyle. It means something different for everyone, so keep that in mind for the duration of this article. Here’s how to get your dream home on a budget, whatever that may be. There are some savvy tips you can put into practice in order to snag the dream of owning your own home.
Buy in an outer-city location
By buying in a regional area, you can get a lot more land and value than you would when you’re in the city. For example, when you buy land for sale in Sunbury, you have the benefits of customising your home and getting a lot of space, while still having ready access to the amenities of Melbourne. Country living doesn’t equal lack of connectivity: with the internet and the fast train links into the Melbourne CBD, you can get your dream home on a budget.
Explore master-planned communities
You should explore the possibility of buying in a master-planned community such as Bloomdale estate, where you can get all of the typical benefits packaged into one purchase price. With parklands, hospitals, cafes, dining, schools and more on your doorstep, you normally pay a premium for that level of convenience. However in a master-planned community, you are able to get your dream home on a budget. There is a range of design options you can choose from, building a new life (literally) from the ground-up.
Decorate and add cheap decor
Many department stores offer home decoration on a budget, giving everyone the opportunity to decorate their home in the style that they dream of. From four dollar candles to wall art and rugs, there is something for everyone and you don’t need to spend a large amount of money to do it. We live in a world where you’re always told to spend more money to get the best version of something, and the best version of yourself; and that is simply not true.
Finally, accept that nothing is perfect and you will always have to compromise somehow. While you may have a list of requirements in your house hunting, or can’t stop envisioning magazine flatlays of perfect homes, there’s no point in getting caught up in a constant pursuit of perfection. The key is working with what you have.
At the end of the day, remember that ultimately, your home is a reflection of you. If you’re in a position to change up your location and buy a new home, it’s definitely something to consider, but keep in mind that it’s easy to change your interiors in smaller ways, all of which can have a big influence on how you feel day to day.