TGIF! I am pretty excited about this post because we just started house hunting. It’s exciting yet terrifying and maddening all at once! We are in no rush to purchase a home but we wanted to start seeing what our options where to eventually buy sometime this year. I got a lot of advice from friends and family. Some advice was awesome…some felt like more of a scare tactic! Here’s 5 ways we are staying sane while house hunting:
Keep an open mind.
This is HUGE when it comes to house hunting. Keeping an open mind during the process will help curb your frustrations. No home is perfect. One may have carpet instead of tile or be in a different area than what you had considered originally. But you may find that being open-minded during this process will keep things running smoothly.
Don’t get too attached.
Just because the home is in your price range, has all the bells and whistles AND is in your chosen area doesn’t mean you’ll get it. Don’t get attached to a home when your hunting. Someone could always put in a higher offer or the home may fail inspection.
Make a wish list with wiggle room.
We created a small wish list of things we needed to have, wanted to have and any bonus items that would be nice but no required. This helps your real estate agent narrow down their search for you. We tried to put essential items like bedroom requirements, fenced in yard and a 2 car garage on our needs. Everything else was mainly just a want or bonus.
Always stay within budget.
It makes me absolutely crazy to watch that House Hunters show and see that a couple spent $50k over budget just so they could have something they didn’t need. Stay true to your budget. You don’t want to be house poor. Plus if you stick with your budget, you won’t have to change much of your spending habits after buying the house. Still want to travel? No problem when your mortgage is cheaper than your rent!
Every house you see will have pros and cons. The key is to compromise on those pros and cons and make the house you chose a home. I’m learning this with each house we look at. I’m stubborn so it’s been a challenge finding the right house for us. But coming to a compromise will be the ultimate deciding factor about which house we chose.