If you’re on the market for a home, you know firsthand just how difficult it can be to find the right home. And that’s because purchasing a home isn’t just a logical choice – it’s incredibly emotional, too. It’s essential that you take the time to build a wishlist of features you can’t live without so that no matter what you choose, you feel secure in your new home.
I’ve lived in different homes all over the world. From Saigon to various cities across the country, and now back to my hometown of Houston, trust me when I say I know just how important finding the right home can be! Before making the big purchase, I made some crucial considerations to guarantee I was making the right choice.
Take a look at some of my recommendations to help find the right home for you:
- Price. One of the first things to consider when looking at a house is whether or not you can afford it. If you need to stretch your budget to get your dream home, that’s one thing, but if you’d be missing meals or just barely making your mortgage payments, it’s probably out of your price range. Remember, it’s crucial to stay within your comfort zone regarding price; if you’re feeling any sense of dread about the monthly payments, then this isn’t the house for you.
- Location. Location is a huge factor to consider when buying a home. This will likely determine where and what kind of homes you can afford, how far your commute will be, and what your school district is if you have a family. Location will also likely determine the type of homes you’re considering, from single-family homes to condos, townhomes, and apartments.
- Lifestyle. Another thing that will help you determine what location is best for you is your lifestyle. For example, if you prefer easy walkability and access to public transport, an apartment or condo in a more urban area may best suit you. If you have kids or pets, then a larger home with a yard in a great school district is probably the better home for you. You’ll find great homes in both suburban and urban settings – but a good look at your lifestyle will tell you which is best for you.
- Wishlist. Once you’ve decided on the primary factors like price and location, start creating a wishlist of items you absolutely need in a house. Include your must-haves, deal-breakers, and “dream” factors – things you want but don’t need (like a big luxury pool or in-home movie theater!). This will help you narrow down homes as you start touring. Popular must-have items often include enough bedrooms and bathrooms for everyone in your family, a large living area, and a chef’s kitchen.
- Imagination. When you’re walking through a home, start to use your imagination to see if you can envision yourself living there. Picture your furniture and how it fits into different rooms, and see if you get excited thinking of new ideas for the new house. Do you see yourself growing into the home in the future? Are you comfortable walking through the house? Does the home almost feel like it’s already your home? If so, you may have found the right home.
- Intuition and Instincts. After looking at homes, checking off boxes, and reviewing the facts, it will come down to your instincts and intuition. Is your gut telling you “no” on one home? Is one home that you saw setting the standard for the rest of the homes? Do you keep going back to one house in particular? Like we said, buying a home is highly emotional, and it’s essential you get in touch with your emotions so you can genuinely tell which home feels like the best fit for you.
Lily Jang is a Top Producing Licensed Real Estate Agent out of the Keller Williams Memorial office in Houston, Texas. No matter what’s on your wishlist or where you’re coming from, we guarantee we can help you find the perfect home. Whether you’re thinking about listing your house, beginning your search for a new home, or having a question about the area, please contact me! Call 832-510-8802 to get started today or send a message on my website.