If you’re holding out for your dream home, you must prepare for a long and laborious process. While it’s possible, you probably won’t find the perfect house in the first five minutes of your search. You must consider many factors to ensure your newly purchased or rented home meets your current lifestyle and will accommodate your future needs.
That said, it’s essential to leave a little room for compromise. Sometimes, you just know when a home is the one, and you shouldn’t let a minor flaw or a single feature deter you from starting your new chapter. Consider these signs from the Aileen Noguer Group for determining when you have, indeed, happened upon the ideal home:
1. You’re Well-Prepared
First of all, a home is not the right home unless you are financially prepared to acquire it. For example, suppose you are purchasing a house ‘as-is’. In that case, you will need to work with an experienced realtor, organize all the paperwork for the mortgage lender, and estimate how much you can comfortably afford every month as well as understand and budget for what repairs the house will need to restore it to full function.
2. It Feels Like Home
It’s a good sign when you walk into a home, and it immediately feels like you have been living there for years. Sometimes, it pays to go with your gut feeling. If you can envision your family living there in five or more years, it probably means that it is the home for you.
3. It Checks Most of the Boxes
When searching for a home, you must consider your needs and preferences. The right home will have a layout that accommodates your current and future household or can be reasonably altered to make it the perfect setup. And you need to live in a location that provides convenient access to work, school, and amenities.
However, don’t forget about your preferences. Maybe you don’t need a hobby room, but you’ve always wanted one. That outdoor living area is unnecessary, but you can’t stop dreaming about spending long summer days on the patio. If a home meets most of your needs and wants, it could be the one.
4. You’ve Already Started Designing in Your Mind
If you stand in the living room during the first home tour and envision the decor you will add and how you will place your favorite chair in a specific spot, then you may have found the perfect home. Bonus points if you can picture your family pictures hanging on walls, accent colors in certain rooms, and how a particular room would shine with personal touches!
5. You’re Telling Your Loved Ones About It
You know how you want to tell everyone you know about that awesome first date? You may get that same feeling when visiting the ideal home. As you describe the homes you’ve seen, and you find yourself telling your friends and family members more details about one house than others, that is a good sign that you’ve found your dream home.
6. It Allows for Growth
As life evolves, your home needs to grow with you. Whether it is a growing family, an at-home business, or welcoming loved ones to stay with you, your home must be able to fit those circumstances. If the house allows your life to grow, it is the perfect home for you.
If you recognize any of the signs above as you view and think about a particular home, you might realize that you have stopped looking at other options. And that’s okay because you have found the one! While you should prepare for a lengthy home search, don’t be afraid to make minor compromises when you have discovered a property that meets most of your needs and wants.
Article courtesy of Alexis Hall – firstname.lastname@example.org