Shopping for a new home can be overwhelming and it can be hard to know where to start. Having a strong wish list of homes can be the best and most helpful way to get started. Of course, having the right agent and having the finances for it is critical, but it’s also important to know what the necessities are for you to have in your next home. Get started by creating your dream-home wish list.
Know What You Can’t Live Without
Start brainstorming what are some things that you can’t seem to live without. Sit down with whomever you are moving in with, or purchasing a home with, and figure out what your deal breakers are. Things like having a yard, a nice garage, or an office are great. But also things like having a brand new kitchen, having a patio or even nice floors. Once you complete your list, ask yourself, “Is this something I really need in order to enjoy life in my new home?” Then get rid of anything that you know you can do without yet still be content.
The Tough Decisions
Once you have your list made, it is time to prioritize it. The top two items should be those that you will not compromise on. Whereas the bottom two items should be those that you are willing to compromise on - these numbers can be adjusted depending on the number of your items. Once you and your partner prioritize your individual lists, time to discuss the different priorities. Inevitably there will be items each of you will need to compromise on; thus, the “bargaining chips” at the bottom of the list: the “I’ll give you the garage in exchange for the fireplace” type of thing.
It’s Not Set in Stone
The best part about building out your dream home wish list is that nothing is guaranteed. Although you wrote down your priorities, this list will change as you begin to actually view homes. It is helpful to have an idea of what you like and learn how to compromise with your partner, but you might discover a feature in a home that you hadn’t considered when you wrote the original list. Real estate agents will tell you that what some buyers say they absolutely need to have in a home frequently falls by the wayside, leaving the agent to reevaluate their buyer’s wish list.
The wish list works well to help cut down your confusion when presented with an array of homes to view. It also helps your agent remain focused and not waste everyone’s time by showing you homes that don’t fulfill your desires. Looking to buy a new home or sell your current home? Contact the Bergen Realty Team to work with one of our expert agents in the area.