House hunting can be an exhausting chore. It is exhausting because there might be so many houses to choose from and you need to take the time to see them all and make the best decision. It is a chore because, if you have to move, it is a necessary task.
I have moved 10 times in 23 years so I know how tough it is. Sometimes my husband and I have rented, sometimes we have purchased a home. Each time, no matter what we chose to do, it was an exhausting chore.
So, how do you know when you have found the right house? How do you know when a house is right for you?
I can simply say, “You’ll know when it’s the right house.” But what does that mean?
I recommend you make a checklist of what is important. Each time you view a house, check off those things that it hits on your list. If you can check off a majority of them, you’ve basically found a house that meets all of your expectations. But, if it still might not feel right, consider why. Are the bedrooms in a conventional design? Is there enough room to grow? Are the ceilings too high or too low? Does the layout flow or is there something stopping that flow? Is it move-in ready or do you have to remodel? With a checklist you can visually see which houses most fit your needs. Make notes about how you felt in the house. Was there something strange about it? Was there a happy feeling? Was there an odor? Can you raise children there? Is there room for a home office? What about a pet? Is there sufficient entertainment space? Can you add on to the house?
I hate to say it, but some people are lifetime house hunters; they will never find the perfect house. But you don’t have to find the perfect house; you have to find something you are comfortable in.
You will know when you find the right house. It won’t be perfect. Only you can make it perfect once you move in. So keep an open mind when house hunting.
You will know when you find the right house.