When shopping for a home, how do you decide the home is “THE one?” Is It the neighborhood, school and parks nearby? Is it the floorplan and yard for the kids? Or do you trust your gut feeling that when you walked in the door you would know this is home? Buying a home comes with mixed emotions of anxiety, excitement and maybe even terror, but there are a few tips from the pros that will help you get through the process.
Dream Home Gone Nightmare
It is possible to look at a home that was once a dream home and see it become a nightmare. this happens when you get back to reality and factor in all your extra expenses. Things like:
Swimming pool maintenance: If your home has one, it will cost money to either hire someone to take care of it for you, or to do it yourself. Chemicals, safety devices and maintaining water levels all add up in the long run.
Utilities– While it may be nice to have vaulted ceilings, they will cost more to heat and cool.
HOA Fees. If your home is located in an HOA, these fees add up over time. You also need to consider the rules and regulations enforced by the HOA and see if you are willing to comply. If you aren’t, the fees associated with rule breaking could really add up.
Trust Your Gut, Follow Your Heart
When you walk into a home, you almost immediately form an impression, whether good or bad. First impressions go a long way, and if you don’t see potential in the home it’s ok to walk away. You won’t fall for every home you see, but when it is right, you will know. A good sign of it being the right home is when you begin to visualize your life in the home. Thoughts like: I’ll put my Lay-z-Boy by the fireplace, Look at this fun playroom for the kids, Here’s my office space, etc are all good signs.
Buying a home based on too many variables can cloud your judgement. Buy a home to suit your lifestyle today. If it ends up being too big when the kids move out, or too small for when you get a family dog, you can adapt when the time comes. The key is to ask yourself: “If I lost this home to another buyer, would I be devastated?” If you answer yes, this is the home for you.
Focus on Features
If the dream home overlooks a lake and has the fresh mountain air, but you are rarely home to enjoy them, it may not be a good fit. If you have toddlers and the home features a fenced yard and room for them to play, it may be perfect.
No matter how good you feel about the home, there will always be little things you want to change to make it perfect for you. This should not be a dealbreaker as no home will ever be able to check off all items on your must have list. Just be sure that the compromises you make are ones you can live with.
By following these tips, you will be able to create a home you will love for years to come. Who knows? Your home love story may be just be the stuff of legends in the future.