When looking to purchase a home, most homebuyers have an idea of what they want their home to look like and what they want it to be. Many think of a mid-size home with a well-manicured lawn and a white picket fence. Homeowners envision walking into a pristine setting, freshly painted walls; clean, shiny, new floors; and beautiful window treatments. All of this in a nice, quiet neighborhood with friendly neighbors. Right? So then, the question is, does this perfect home exist?
In most cases, “no.” The reason being is because most first-time homebuyers are purchasing an already constructed home. So, the idea of getting a ‘perfect home’ falls into how well the buyer can match their “must-have list” to what they actually purchase. Therefore, as a Realtor, one of the first questions I ask a buyer is, “what are the must-haves for your new home?” It is important that a buyer can convey to their agent the things that are most important to them prior to looking for a home.
The “must-have” list will include the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, levels, square foot, and other features the buyer feel he or she absolutely cannot live without. Some of these features include, for example, a fence, a pool, a garage, a bonus room, stainless steel appliances, or upgraded kitchen countertops or bathrooms. Other factors that need to be carefully considered are the neighborhood and location. One thing for sure is a home will never be perfect if located near an airport or next to boisterous neighbors.
Even with a “must-have” list in hand, I can assure you, the task of finding a perfect home will still be a challenge. Why? Well, the main reason in my experience if that it is rare that spouses walk into a home and see it the same way, as their perfect dream house. Usually husbands are willing to overlook minor repair details like a leaky faucet or ugly door. The Mr. Fix It in men usually show up at this point of the viewing and he immediately begins to plot how he can repair these issues and alleviate his wife’s concern at very little cost. The wife on the other hand would rather there be no issues in the home because she knows, while her husband’s intentions are good, it is highly unlikely he’ll get around to those repairs in her timeframe. So, what does this mean? Spouses must compromise. It is important they can agree to disagree, and then decide on what works the two of them.
Further, when purchasing a resale, it is necessary for homebuyers to understand that the home inspection is going to yield some issues. These issues might include:
An un-serviced HVAC
A loose toilet seat
A leaky faucet
A broken disposal
This should be understandable, especially when the age of the home is factored in. Not all issues will be major, but there might be some that raise concern such as plumbing and electrical wiring issues. The idea of a perfect home just went down a few kilometers, right? Of course it did. Is that a reason to not purchase the home? In most instances, no it isn’t. Well-educated buyers understand this process and are prepared for it. They know these issues are addressed during the home inspection contingency. But, that’s another topic for another day.
To the question at hand, “Does the perfect home exist?” In my experience, the answer is ‘no.’ “No, you cannot buy the perfect home.” For this reason, I advise my clients to look for a home that meets their needs, that they can grow together in and be happy. Truth is, whatever seems perfect today, most likely will not be in a year or two down the road. The reason being is that we are constantly changing, our lives are steadily evolving, and there’s no guarantee that what works for us today is going to work as well three years from now.
What is the takeaway here? Homes aren’t bought perfect. But can you still have perfect? Yes! Absolutely yes!! How? By buying a home that meets the needs of your family. Homes are made perfect when you add value to it with the love and care you put into it, shaping and molding it: painting, décor, and your style to personalize your home into the perfect home. The perfect home for you and your family.
Author:Kenyatta Phillips Phone: 334-595-9021 Dated: March 31st 2018 Views: 286 About Kenyatta: Kenyatta is a devoted Christian, wife, and mother. She enjoys reading, cooking, baking, and crafting...
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