Tired of looking at house after house after house only to discover that none of the options you’ve been shown really matches up with the home in your head? Worried that you’ll exhaust your options without ever discovering the perfect home? Here’s what you need to know.
There’s No Such Thing
First and foremost, understand that no home is perfect. The best you can do is to match your needs and wants as closely as possible. There WILL be a need to compromise. There’s simply no getting around it. Short of having a home custom designed and built to your specifications (and often, even then), you’ll never ever find a home that perfectly matches that image in your head.
Explain to Your Realtor
It might not be that your expectations are out of line with reality. It might be that your realtor simply doesn’t know what you want and what you value most in a home. Explain your expectations to the real estate agent you’re working with. This goes beyond the number of bedrooms and baths. You need to share your hopes and dreams for the home, as well as the most important features that you MUST have.
Be Honest with Yourself
It might be that you need to dump a cold bucket of water over your head and look at things a bit more realistically. There will be some need to compromise, but if you’re not willing to do so, you won’t find the perfect house. What features do you have to have, and which would merely be nice to have? What can you live without, so long as certain other requirements are met?
With these tips, you’ll be better prepared to find a house that, if not perfect, meets your needs and will become a home you love.