During the house hunting process there can be a level of excitement in finding a home to love. This could keep one from focusing on basic home functions and features. This rush of exhilaration can be likened to an increase in endorphins. Keeping focused as well as embracing the positive feelings can lead to long term satisfaction making you happy to come home! Let’s look at some of the things to consider when finding a home to love.
- Affordability vs. Debt: While you may have a desire to own a larger home, or one in a better community, consider current and future bills and the ability to take on unexpected financial expenditures. It is easy to overspend when imagining yourself in a desired residence.
- Personality vs. Square Footage: A certain square footage may be a must-have feature but if the home does not mesh with your personality how long will you be happy with that extra room? Know your real estate personality, for instance are you colonial, traditional, modern, ranch, etc.? Knowing what sparks your interest is important.
- Perfectionism vs. Reality: Don’t walk into a home with set expectations. Not all homes are new and not all homes have been maintained. Look past the staging, fresh paint, or even clutter, to view the residence as a whole. The flow, functionality, storage, room locations, and even the laundry and garage accessibility can make a difference.
- Long term needs vs. Today: Do you plan to expand your family or have a need for frequent guest accommodations? Do you enjoy entertaining or is your home a place of solitude? Try to envision you and your home five and ten years down the road and look accordingly.
- Neighborhood vs. Curb Appeal: Driving up to that perfect home on the block can fill you with pride. However, consider the resources of the neighborhood. Are your areas of interest nearby, what is the crime rate, school ratings, ease of commute and how close are police, fire, and medical locations? Have an idea of close are far you desire these key areas to be.
- Bones vs. Attire: While a home may have been dressed with popular paint colors, fixtures, flooring, and appliances the ‘pretty’ will get old if the structure of the home is lacking in meeting your family needs. Perhaps finding a home that has the perfect bones but needs a little attention and new attire is worth considering.
Gut Feel vs. Status: Walking into a home should automatically provide a reaction, a gut feeling, a communication with the home as though it is speaking to you. Just because it is in the desired location, if it does not make you feel all the right things know that there is nothing wrong with walking away.
All in all, in finding a home to love, if you have done your due diligence chances are you will be happy for a long time to come!
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