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Buying a home

Shaynna Blaze’s tips on compromising for your dream home 


It doesn’t matter if you’re buying a home to live in or buying a house as an investment property, ticking all the boxes for your next property purchase is a difficult task. Learning how and when to compromise is an important part of the home buying process. 

Shaynna Blaze from Channel 9’s Buying Blind says the key to ticking all your boxes is to be realistic and strategic, and to remember to tick your boxes off in the right order!

Shaynna Blaze's secrets for a dream home

Must-haves vs nice-to-haves

As an experienced property buyer, Shaynna has seen it all and has helped hundreds of people find their dream home. Try her 2-stage approach to creating a realistic list of what you need to live the lifestyle you want: 

  1. Create a ‘wish list’ of what you must have now (the things you can’t live without).
  2. Create a ‘nice-to-have list’ (things you’d love to have but could realistically live without for now).

Once you have your lists, put the 'nice-to-have list' aside, and turn to your ‘wish list’ – this is your guide to finding the right property for your needs. 

By only focusing on the ‘must-haves,’ you might find there are more homes to fit your needs, giving you more property options to choose from.

Shaynna Blaze’s tips for getting the best home

Here are Shaynna’s top tips for getting the best from your home (and your budget):

  • Location – look for properties on the fringes of good suburbs, that way you can build equity in your home until the right infrastructure arrives;

  • Window blinds – instead of plantation shutters, try white timber venetians shutters. You’ll save money without compromising too much on style;

  • Garage – think about what you actually need to secure and consider using a shed instead of a lock-up garage until you can afford to install one;

  • Flooring – a more cost-effective alternative to solid timber flooring is timber-look vinyl planks, which are one-third the price; and

  • Pool – while the kids might love a pool, building an outdoor area with features for the whole family to enjoy will add value to your property and cost almost a quarter of the price.

As Shaynna says, when looking for a new house, you might not be able to tick all of the boxes; however, with a bit of compromise and creativity, you can achieve your dream home.

To learn more about the home buying process, visit the Suncorp Home Buying Guide.

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