Try On Your New Home Before Buying

Try On Your New Home Before Buying

It’s commonplace to​ try on suits, dresses, trousers 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. What about a​ home? It’s probably the most expensive purchase you’ll ever make. Isn’t it​ even more important to​ “try on” a​ home before you purchase it?

What on earth do I mean? Well, it’s usual to​ look for a​ home in​ places that are convenient to​ work and schools. Most folks take the daily commute into consideration when shopping for a​ home. Why not take the daily, weekly, and even monthly activities of​ family members consciously into account, too?

Case Study

I once helped a​ young, single woman named Wendy to​ find and buy her first home. She worked for Geico, was rising very nicely in​ the company and wanted a​ home of​ her own and the tax break home ownership affords. She asked my advice about choosing, 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 mattered 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 of​ the houses we looked at​ belonged to​ the young woman who later became my daughter-in-law. it​ 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​ hot tub. it​ was beautifully decorated in​ a​ sort of​ “pared down Victorian” style. 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. Silver framed family photos were clustered on top of​ the piano.

After we emerged from the house, 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.

Knowing what’s important to​ you can save costly mistakes. The process of​ “trying on” a​ house helps you evaluate what’s important. I think you’ll find it’s worth the effort.

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