Narrowing Down Your Home Search
an enviable position in which to find oneself, but it happens.
You're approaching the end of your home search, and you're torn between
two or more homes. The major deciding factors -- asking price, quality
of the neighborhood, quality of school district and commute time to
your office as well as your spouse's -- are relatively equal, so those
won't help you favor one home over another.
What to do now? The decision could drive you batty. If you lean toward
one home, you'll be looking over your shoulder longingly at the other
home. All of those "What ifs?" questions will run through your mind.
Maybe the carpeting in the other house would have been more versatile.
Maybe the layout of the other home would have been more agreeable both
for your furniture and for your family's lifestyle.
after you make your decision and move into the home of your choice,
you'll encounter situations during which you may question -- if only
for a brief moment -- your decision. And it's natural for those
thoughts to cross our minds at some point because it's human nature to
view the grass on the other side as greener.
depending upon the process you go through before you select your home
and close the deal, you'll either settle that question in your mind
with the knowledge and satisfaction that in general, you're happy with
your decision; of you'll be in a state of regret, which will ruin what
should be one of the most exciting times in one's life (attaining the
dream of homeownership).
As with so
many other aspects of the home-search process, you should get out your
trusty pen and paper and prepare to take some notes that explore your
preferences and those of your family. When you're having trouble making
a decision, you'll need to consider which amenities are most important
to you and then do a side-by-side comparison of homes to help you
narrow down your choices, ultimately pinpointing the best choice.
you should sit down before you even begin your home search and list all
interior and exterior amenities that are preferable to you. Place a
star beside the amenities you consider mandatory (for example, a
garage, a fourth bedroom or an eating area open to the family room).
Before you arrange to view a home with your Realtor, make sure the home
in question contains your "required" amenities.
As you make
notes of these features, you may place stars beside the amenities that
were of particularly high quality (i.e., extra-large bedrooms,
three-car garage versus two-car garage, etc.). This will help you later
when you review your notes. As every prospective homeowner knows, all
of those homes you viewed tend to run together in your mind within a
few short hours after you've walked through them with your Realtor.
To help you
get started as you begin to consider important interior amenities on
your personal priority list, make sure you list the following -- and
feel free to add more as you see fit:
bedrooms: How many does each home contain, and how large are they? Will
you have an extra bedroom to convert into a home office, play room or
bathrooms: Think you can live with two instead of two and a half or
three? Think again if you have children; otherwise, you could be
breaking up World War III every single morning.
Is it important to you to have the bedrooms on the second floor for
reasons of privacy? Or the first floor for reasons of convenience?
room: Does the home have a family room, and how large is it? Will it be
adequate for the size of your family? Is it connected to the kitchen?
Is it important to you to have those two rooms connected so that you
can keep an eye on young children or interact with guests as you cook
in the kitchen?
Size: Do you have adequate counter and walking space for cooking? How
large is the eating area? Will you have to move your table every time
someone needs to walk through the area? Do you have enough cupboard
space for your needs? Do you have a pantry?
space: How many and how large? Will you have a coat closet? Are there
enough closets in the master bedroom to accommodate you and your
Does the house have one or more?
Is the house filled with light, or do you need lights on during the day
in order to get adequate light? How old are the windows? Are they in
How many of them come with the house, and are they in good working
condition? What is the status of the warranty for each appliance? How
many appliances are you going to have to purchase if you move into each
Written by Realty Times Staff
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