The steps to buy a house are many, but how do you know when you’ve found the right one to buy? It can be a stressful time, trying to decide whether or not to pull the trigger. When you think you’ve found the right one, you might start questioning yourself, wondering if it really is. After all, it’s such a big commitment, so you want to know for sure.
Fortunately, you can do a number of things to make that process easier and feel more assured that you are making the best decision possible.
The Home Checks Off Most of the Items on Your Wish List
Having a checklist is an essential part of the decision-making process. Take time to think about all that you want and need in your dream house while also maintaining reasonable expectations according to your budget. Prioritize the absolute requirements such as the location, size, and number of bedrooms. Then list the ones that aren’t a necessity which will make it easier when trying to meet your budget. The right house is generally the one that fits all your critical requirements – when emotions start to take control of your decision-making, you can go back to that checklist and see how it really stacks up.
The Home Fits Within Your Budget
Unless money is no object, one of the most important aspects is the price tag. That dream house can quickly become a nightmare if it takes all your savings, and the payment leaves little at the end of the month. Financial experts advise that total housing costs don’t exceed 30 percent of your monthly income.
The House Feels Like a ‘Home’
Every house has a certain feel – as soon as you walk in, pay attention to that vibe. Is it warm and comforting or uninviting? Do you start to get excited as you walk through each room, envision yourself living there? Will your piano fit just perfectly against that certain wall in the great room? What about your dog, is there a fenced-in yard for Fido to run around in, or will you have to have a fence installed? You might even want to think about all the different things you’ll do in the home, from sipping your coffee on the front porch to soaking in the jetted tub of the master suite.
It Fits Into Your Future
Don’t just think about how the house fits now, think about the future. If you can see your family growing with it, accommodating your children and perhaps aging parents, there’s a good chance that it’s the right home, assuming it checks all the other boxes.
You No Longer Want to Look at Other Houses
You’ve looked at countless homes, and while you may have considered some, after you’ve seen this one, they no longer appeal to you. You start comparing each new house to this one, and none are really measuring up. When the price is right, and everything else pales in comparison, odds are, you’ve found the right house, and it’s time to put that offer in.