Finding the ideal living space isn’t always as simple as it seems. It’s not unusual for a home hunter to find several properties that could work with their family’s needs, budget, and preferences—without feeling certain about any of them.
While most home buyers believe that their decisions are rational, the truth is that the majority of successful purchases are made based on a combination of logic and emotion. It’s as much about the way that a home makes you feel as it is about how well it will serve you on a practical level.
If you’re unsure about whether a particular house or condo is right for you, here are five telltale signs that it might be…
1) It checks off all of your boxes
Every buyer has a list of essential features and amenities that they’re looking for in a home. These items usually range from basic requirements (like the number of bedrooms you need) to things that will significantly improve your family’s quality of life (such as close proximity to nearby parks). While a dream home is more than just the sum of its parts, it should also satisfy your most important criteria.
2) You’re decorating it in your mind
If you walk into a living space and start mentally redecorating, it could be a sign that you’ve found the right home. Whether you’re envisioning a coat of paint in a new colour, or thinking about where your existing furniture will go, you’re dreaming of your potential future. While forward thinking is a big part of hunting for a home, it takes a special house or condo to spur your imagination into action.
3) You don’t see the downsides
It’s rare for a home to go on the market in perfect condition, and deciding which flaws you’re willing to accept is almost always part of the buying process. An experienced and trustworthy real estate agent will ensure that you’re aware of a home’s potential defects before you make a purchase. Once you’ve found the right house or condo, you’ll likely be more willing to accept the repairs it needs—or to work towards a deal in which the seller will pay for them.
4) Other homes look worse by comparison
It’s possible to view many homes that could meet your needs without ever finding your ideal house or condo. The truth is, buyers often wind up considering properties that they’re not excited about. That said, when you find a potential dream home, it will just feel different. More likely than not, you’ll stop thinking about past options that you’ve been on the fence about.
5) You find yourself talking about it
As human beings, one of the primary ways we connect with one another is by sharing good news. If a lot of your conversations with friends and relatives are circling back to the finer points of a particular home, it probably means something. A straightforward comparison between two or more properties is one thing, but bragging about a specific house or condo (or verbally running through its positive attributes) could be a sign that you’re already feeling possessive.
Determining which home is right for your family is no easy task. Fortunately, with a bit of mental preparation and some guidance from an experienced real estate agent, you can locate and identify the property of your dreams.
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