Needs vs. Wants When Buying

Buying a home is a daunting process when you don’t know where to begin. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before buying a home:

  • What are you looking to change in your lifestyle?
  • What type of property suits your needs best?
  • How long are you planning to live in your new home?

Think About Your ‘Must-Haves’
It’s easy to get carried away when thinking about what you’d like your new home to have, but the shorter the list, the easier your home search will be. Some personal must-haves are non-negotiable and will help define your home search from the beginning: these could include location if you’re considering commuting to work or thinking about school districts, the number of bedrooms depending on the size of your family, or whether the property has parking if you have a car.

If your must-haves list is getting a bit out of control, remember that being flexible and moving some items to ‘nice-to-haves’ can make your home search smoother.

Now Consider Your ‘Don’t Cares’
Similarly, creating a list of things you don’t care about in a home will widen the pool of options as well. For example, maybe location isn’t a priority if you’re going to be working from home permanently, or perhaps outdated decor is okay because you’d like to remodel anyway.

Ready to narrow down your home search? Contact me and let’s start on this great journey together.