My Blog- Try On Your New Home Before Buying
It’s commonplace to try on suits, dresses, pants, shirts, skirts or shoes before buying them. People instinctively know they need to try on clothes to be sure they fit, feel comfortable and are attractive on them. But what about a home? A home is most likely the most expensive and important purchase you’ll ever make. Don’t you think it is even more important to “try on” a home before you buy it?
Well what do I mean try before you buy? Well, it’s usual to look for a home in places that are close by to work and schools. Most people take the daily commute into consideration when shopping for a home. Why not take the daily, weekly, and maybe monthly activities of family members consciously into account, too?
For example, I once helped a young, single woman named Wendy (name changed to protect privacy) to find and buy her first home. She worked for an insurance company, was moving up pretty rapidly in the company and wanted a home of her own. She asked my advice about housing, and we had a conversation in which I mentioned many of the sorts of things I’ve said here. We made a list of what was important to her. Then we went shopping. We looked at a lot of houses. After we came out of each one, we had a talk about how it measured up to Wendy’s list.
One house in particular was brick, all on one level, had a fireplace in the living room, and had patio doors from the master bedroom and dining rooms to an enormous deck with a jacuzzi. There was a brass bed, some wicker, lots of healthy house plants, and a few Victorian pieces of furniture that were actually old, family pieces and different for Arizona living. Silver framed family photos were clustered on top of the piano.
When we left, Wendy started down the two steps to the car and then froze in place. She had the oddest expression on her face. I asked what was wrong, and she began to look sheepish and confessed, “That house is so pretty and so nicely decorated, I just enjoyed looking at it and didn’t give any thought to how I’d live in it. I just wanted it.”
We went back inside. Wendy still admired what had been done with the house, but decided it wasn’t right for her after all.
So what did I mean by try before you buy? Knowing what’s important to you can save costly mistakes. See yourself in the home, visualize where your furniture would go and how you would live in it. I think it would be worth the effort.
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