Whether you’re searching for your very first home or planning to downsize to perhaps your last home, your instincts should drive you toward your ultimate destination.
How do you know when you have seen the right home for you? Many people believe that they must see a certain number of homes in order to have the confidence they need to make a buying decision. Others feel that they should think about a home they have seen for a while before deciding what to do.
It is not unusual for a potential buyer to bring family or friends along to see a house they are considering. This gives them the opportunity to gain the opinions of people they trust. However, I strongly suggest that if a friend or family member is going to be part of the decision process, that they also are part of the education process including looking all options and not just the “favorite” home to get their stamp of approval. Often, these respected influencers are not familiar with the current market and home prices. If they are out of touch and only have their past experience to compare to the home you choose to purchase, they may accidently shoot holes in your dream and derail your progress.
Some buyers will pass up a house they like because it may not be in perfect shape and then purchase a less desirable home that is in move-in condition. Many buyers allow the décor to discourage them from getting a house that may be their ideal choice in every other way. Remember that you can always change or update the house, but you can’t change the location.
ADVICE: Don’t just listen to others. Don’t follow some arbitrary formula about how you should make the decision. Don’t mess around and risk the chance of losing the right house for you. Don’t let décor or condition cause you to be discouraged. Listen to your instincts – only you know what you like and where you would be most comfortable living. A home-buying decision is far too important to be delegated to someone else. When you find the right house, it will feel like it when you walk through the door!
In order to make a successful home purchase, it’s best to use the services of a professional. Use a Realtor®.