So often people approach the home buying process in a way that could best be described as calculated and technical. They may have a list of must-haves versus can’t-haves, and they structure the entire process around these lists without giving themselves much in the way of flexibility.
This can often be the biggest mistake you make when searching for a new house because you’re not letting yourself go with your instincts. You may walk into a home that checks all of the boxes you’ve added to your list, and yet it just doesn’t feel “right.” On the other hand, you might get that instant feeling of “this is it” when you walk into another house, but because it doesn’t seem to fit your preconceived notions about what you’re looking for, you cross it off the list and move on.
There are a few things to remember when you’re searching for the perfect home. The first is that the buying process is just that—a process. It’s not a simple one either. When you buy a new home it’s about more than the technicalities; it’s really about a feeling and you want to give yourself the time to find a space that fits with the feeling you want to come home to everyday.
Your home should also be a reflection of you, your family and your lifestyle. Rather than thinking automatically towards concepts like resale value or current real estate trends and data, simply look at a home and put it in perspective of what you want out of your living environment.
Finally, always buy when the time is right. If you’ve been searching and searching and you’re coming up short, rather than settling just allow yourself the time to wait. By rushing into a purchase or making a “just because” buy you’re not going to feel that love for your home that you should get to experience after making such a big decision.
Remember, your home becomes your new life so create your own journey if you want to find one that reflects all that you want.