You want to buy ‘your dream home’; that is your ultimate purpose. You’re looking forward to finding that perfect home, so that you can have that space you can call your own. You have many questions, and you’re hoping that someone will answer them for you as you go along in the house buying process. That is a potentially expensive assumption; it is much better for you to already anticipate some of the things you’re likely to come up against, and to have a plan in place that can help you go over them smoothly.
You need to realize that with every home that you look at there will be something that you love and something that you hate. This is not surprising, since someone else was responsible for the design and building of the home and you may not necessarily agree with the way that they did things. You might end up looking at one hundred houses, and not finding ‘that perfect home’ that you had been day dreaming about. Very soon, you might become jaded, and might give up in your search. Don’t give up; you need to realize that buying a house involves lots of give and take.
Before you start the search for a home, sit down and prepare a list of things that you must absolutely have in the house you purchase, and possibly add things that would be nice to have. I would advise you to prepare this list as a sort of checklist, with the criteria running down the list, and spaces to assess each house in your ‘shortlist’ running across the page. Alternatively, you could have such a list prepared for each house that is in your shortlist, so that you can also have a place to note down some comments about ‘the feel’ and other qualitative aspects of the houses that might not be captured in the listed criteria.
Finding a home that completely matches your criteria may be difficult. You might find a house that fits majority of your ‘needs list’ except one or two details. Maybe the kitchen is a bit small or perhaps there is no basement. Faced with this situation, you need to decide what you are willing to give up in light of the things about the house that you like. For instance, it would not make sense to accept a house that has two bedrooms even if it has the best kitchen you’ve ever seen if you are moving out of your current home because it only has two bedrooms! However, if the home had the right amount of bedrooms but a smaller kitchen, you would need to decide if that is something that you could live with. You could also make the decision in terms of things that you could change when you eventually buy the house, and even whether or not you want to be bothered with major renovations to the house. Some of these comments need to be noted down in your checklists, so that when you’re making your decision you have all the facts at hand.
By having pre-determined criteria, it will be easier for you to decide about the house to buy, and it will give you confidence that you’re not just buying the house ’emotionally’, but that you have thought through your decision and are comfortable with it.
The give and take is all part of the process of buying a home. When you take into consideration that you’ll most probably never be in the perfect home unless you build it yourself, then you will be at peace with it. You should therefore be prepared to give up on some things and accept others at the same time. Whatever you do, make sure that you spend as much time as possible when you are looking into buying a home. There is nothing to be gained by being in a rush.
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