For those who are house-hunting, it can be a whirlwind romance thats hot from the minute you see the homes curb appeal. But dont let the seduction of a good-looking landscape make you want to tie the knot without a bit of courtship.
House-hunting for the "perfect" home in many ways is like looking for that perfect romance - very seldom does everything about your proposed mate match your desires. Things you love at first may later get on your nerves and become what you dont like so much later on. Does that mean the house is wrong for you? Not necessarily. It could be, but if you understand your tolerance levelndash;whats most important to you in a home, and what you cant deal with at all - you are less likely to want to buy the wrong home.
Keeping these terms clearly defined and always on your mind will help you make smart choices even when some areas of the home tug at your heartstrings and say "buy me".
House-hunting should be like dating. Take your time. Understand the critical must-haves, the not-so-important-but-I-kind-of-want-it, and the no-way, not-going-to-happen-in-this-lifetime.
One thing you can do to help streamline the process is to start making a list about the things you like about your current home. If youre renting, there may be features about the home, apartment, or planned-living development that you want to find again in the neighborhood where youre going to buy your home.
For instance, you might want a gated community or a townhouse that has certain luxury amenities. Moving to an isolated home that doesnt have the same type of amenities could be a real turn-off. Also, it might mean you have to pay more to get those same amenities that used to come with your rent. While this might not be a deal-breaker, it can certainly change the way youre used to living your life.
So, be sure to take it into consideration. Walking a short distance down the street to go to the gym, the pool, the steam room will be different from having to drive 20 minutes or more to go to a gym/spa that you also have to first pay an extra monthly membership.
Another thing to consider is how many times youve seen the home. Just like dating, you might have an instant attraction, but the more times you see your date, the more you discover. With a home, just like with a prospective mate you need to see it a few times and at different times of the day.
This way youll discover which rooms are dark and when or how loud the traffic is during rush hour. You might notice that theres a lot of commotion around the neighborhood because of nearby schools. Does this work with your life>
Just as you wrote down the things you like in your present residence, you should also make lists of things you want to avoid in the future and new things you hope to gain.
Remember, courtship doesnt have to last forever. Just as with romance, "the good ones will be gone if you wait too long" So put a ring on... or rather, put an offer on that house
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