Realistically, almost anyone will admit that at some point in their life, they’ve had a hard time making a decision. Some would call themselves indecisive, and others would joke that they were “decision impaired.” But do you actually ever feel like you can’t make a decision on something important? Like buying a house?
Sometimes, if you find decision-making hard, it means that you’re not confident in the outcome. And that’s where we’re here to help! Buying your own house is an important step in your life. Furthermore, you want to know you’ve made the right decision. So we’re going to give you a few home buyer tips. Hopefully, these tips will help you decide if a home is right for you.
Love it or leave it
In general, the book-like, house-buying process would look something like this: You find a house, and the minute you step inside, you fall in love with it. Not only is the location perfect, but the size is exactly what you wanted. The bedroom to bathroom ratio is spot on. The dining room would fit your table exactly.
The kitchen is fit for a queen, and the house is close by to both sets of in-laws. Furthermore, to set the cherry squarely on top, it’s the exact price you were wanting. However, we all know that’s not entirely realistic. Especially for people with high standards. Therefore, let’s take a look at how to know if the house is for you, even if it’s not exactly what you wanted.
Judging a book by its cover
Most likely, we’ve all heard the saying, “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” And for the most part, this is true. However, when it comes to houses, you might feel slightly different about it. If you’re looking at the home, and you really dislike the outside, that will probably put a slight damper on your love of the house. Sure, there would be ways you could redo the exterior, but maybe it just doesn’t seem worth it.
If this is true of a house that you’ve looked at, it may mean it’s not the right house. If you dislike it enough that you can’t picture yourself living in it, it’s probably not the one.
Love at first sight
For most, you’ll know how you feel about a house the moment you walk in. Therefore, if you love it so much that you can start envisioning your furniture laid out, it’s probably a fantastic house for you. Furthermore, if you can picture everything in your mind and it feels like home, it’s most likely a keeper. However, if you instantly feel disappointed by the house after the first time of looking, it’s probably not your house.
Good things often come by trial and error. You’ll only know if a house is good for you, once you’ve taken time to really look at it. And, don’t be disappointed if you don’t like it. There are plenty of other houses to choose from!
Sleeping on it
Typically, homes for sale are in high demand. So if you don’t get your offer in quickly, they can be snatched up right in front of your nose. On the other hand, if you are not entirely sure about a house, you might want to “sleep on it” and consider it more in the morning.
If this is the case, consider asking your realtor if you have time to do that. They may not be able to tell you whether someone else is looking at it or put an offer in. However, if they can, this would be helpful for you.
Red means stop
Once you’ve found a house that you think is “the one”, it’s easy to feel like you don’t want to look at any more houses. And this isn’t necessarily bad. If you feel this way, it most likely means that you’re confident in your decision. So overall, if you feel like you love a specific house, and you’re ready to be done looking at other houses, trust your gut, and buy the house.
Less than the best
Too often, people set their goals impossibly high when it comes to buying a house. This frustrates realtors and other realistic thinkers.
In some cases, you may have to settle for almost everything exactly how you wanted instead of everything. And who knows, at the end of the day, you might be saying, “it’s not perfect, and I’m fine with that!” In the home buying process, being somewhat flexible is key.
In the sweet buy and buy
If you’re lucky enough, you’ll know when a house hits the sweet spot. Therefore, if and when this happens, it’s best to jump up and buy it. Or else you may have regrets knowing you passed up the perfect house.
Still haven’t found the perfect home? Take time to read our article on how to get the best rate on a mortgage. That way, you’ll be ready when you do find your house!