There are a few factors that most people prioritise when looking to purchase a home, such as the location, number of bedrooms and available outdoor space. Some viewers may approach a property with a specific checklist, whilst others may base a decision to buy on something as simple as that feeling you get when viewing a property. Everyone will be looking for different things, however, when looking for a luxury home, the price tag comes with certain expectations. Here is what is in our experience a short list of what to look for when buying a luxury home in East Renfrewshire.
Windows, light and views
Are windows well placed throughout the property and in good condition in terms of their frames and providing insulation? Double glazed windows, recently installed, will bring the best protection against weather and outdoor noise. If needing replaced, this can be a huge additional cost. Plenty of available natural light always makes a property more welcoming and pleasant to live in, even affecting your day to day mood. Properties that are sensitively designed and sympathetic to the surrounding environment, incorporating windows that showcase the best views around, will always have this to offer – though do keep in mind any planning permissions/restrictions in the area that may impact on views in the future.
Height of the ceilings
Luxury homes usually offer a lot of space and high ceilings help to achieve this feeling of having a large living area. Instead of working in square footage, enquire about the cubic footage of individual rooms to give you a real sense of the total area. Usually the higher the ceiling the better, though up to around 14 feet should be sufficient. Many of the traditional properties in our portfolio offer rooms with beautiful high ceilings and traditional features. Well executed architecture is more likely to age well and retain property value. A bit of research into the architects who have worked on property in your desired locale may help to identify those with a good reputation and style you prefer. At the very least, when viewing, look for a good solid foundation, quality building materials used and unique details in the design.
Find a place with a layout that is going to be practical for you to live in. If you prioritise having guests or lots of family over, look for a large living area or dining space. Properties that have a largely open plan downstairs area are brilliant for entertaining. Do you want separate bedrooms and play areas for the kids downstairs with privacy for Mum and Dad in the master bedroom upstairs? Be mindful of large hallways, pillars and columns and other ways that precious space can be wasted in properties with a poor layout.
A real practical point, and something easily missed when viewing a property, is how much storage space there is available. This can really impact on how functional a home can be to live in – without adequate storage a house can feel cluttered and keeping it tidy can be much harder to keep on top of. A good architect will have carefully considered how to maximise the space and layout of a property, providing storage space that is seamless and unobtrusive.
Buyers will pay a premium for a private, green view. Whether the space it used to add a summer house, or for green fingered activities, it is said a well tended garden may add as much as 20% to the price of a property according to The Telegraph.
We wish you happy house hunting!