Finding that perfect house
Arguably, looking for a house is always something more than just looking for a house. Houses are plenty. No, what my clients are generally looking for is a home. They want to purchase a house in order that they might make it a home. So what makes a house a home? You, of course. They buyer.
How does your family “live”?
Are you a TV family? Does your family enjoy gathering around the television set for a good show – or movie, or sports game – nightly? Do you need a large family room to accommodate your large family watching the television together? Or maybe you are a boardgames family and much prefer a room that will accommodate a game table so that the 4 – or 5 or 6 or… – can settle around for a long night of Catan. Think about the things your family likes to do and write these down.
Are you a family full of teenagers that need to spend a bit more time than average in the bathroom and so are looking for more than one bathroom on the upstairs floor? Or is your family in the stage where the kids are moving out and the number of bathrooms is now representative of the number of extra rooms that need to be maintained, but not used? As you realize the rooms you need and the rooms you want, write them down on your new home wish list.
What don’t you like about your current home?
Sometimes finding a perfect home is a matter, first and foremost, of knowing what you don’t want. I know a family who purchased a home thinking they would enjoy one story living. Unfortunately, the house was theirs for quite a few years as they tried to make the best of a single story house that was not conducive to their lifestyle! As you find yourself griping about your current home, write it down!
How do you feel about certain rooms in your current home? Do you find yourself wishing you had more natural light? Or, have you decided that there really is, in fact, such a thing as too many windows and too much natural light? These nuances will make a difference on how easy it will be to transform your next purchase from a house into a home, so write them down!
Make your lists!
Transforming a house into a home is a lot easier when you buy the right structure to start with. While certainly windows can be added to any home, it won’t be easy – or cheap – to add additional floors onto your home. So it’s important to take note of the way your family lives, and the space requirements to make that comfortable. Keep a list of your likes and dislikes of your current home, too. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you are searching for houses, but with your lists in hand, narrowing down your choices becomes easier.
Of course, there’s no guarantee every item on your wish list will be found in a “perfect house” somewhere. But with list in hand it will be easier to avoid the big mistakes and a pleasant reminder of what it is, exactly, you are looking for in your next home. From my perspective, your lists can help me to help you narrow down the choices and save you time.
List or no list, I’m here to help. Give me a call and we’ll start searching for your next home today!