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Nice house but what’s it called?

September 04, 2011

There is a long tradition around the world of naming the family home.

 

Prior to the 1930's in Australia there was no house numbering system in place, so house names were able to help identify houses for the postman, your visitors and a range of home delivery services.


Do you think a house with a name has more character? Would it affect your buying decision at all?


It seems that naming your house is back in style today. The name you choose can be an extension of your personality or a reflection of the affection that you feel about your home.


Many people have been inspired by nature, colours, location, history, animals, romance, humour, tradition and much more.
Some experts say name changes can raise the profile of a property and in some cases helps to define them and make them appear prestigious. This can help your property to appeal to certain buyers and may in some cases lead to a higher sale price being achieved.


Do you know if your house already has a name?


You may find this on the title deeds especially if it is old enough to fall under the Old Systems title. Incidentally, this form of Title Deed lists the names and occupations of all the previous owners and this, in itself can be a source of inspiration for naming the house. Other sources of information are your local Post Office, local Council, local historical societies and also the State Library.


Experts caution homeowners to ensure the name they choose is appropriate for the property or it could have a downside to what you intended i.e. don't call your house Olive Cottage if the house has no cottage attributes and olives are not grown in your region.

 

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