Dream home is an elusive term that is bandied about in commercials, on the internet, by home buyers and many others. But what exactly does dream home mean?
Finding your dream home is like finding the perfect dress for prom night, or finding your perfect life partner. Sometimes you’re lucky enough to find it right away. For other people the search takes a little longer.
Here are a few things to consider when looking for your dream home:
- Know yourself: The truth is that your dream home is the home that is right for you and your family at this point in your life. Your dream home is just that; it’s your dream home. If you want separation of space in your living areas, don’t let someone else convince you that you need an open concept living area because everyone wants open concept living.
- Limit the opinions you solicit: Seeking reassurance is natural for a big financial decision. If you need a second opinion, select one or two people. Too many people can really confuse you. Remember, to remain true to your preferences. Other people can only offer their opinion.
- Think about your goals and expectations: If you’re looking for a starter house and plan to move up within a short period, you may not need 4 bedrooms. If you plan to stay for a long time and start your family in this house, then you may want to consider 4 bedrooms. List your priorities. These will help you decide what type of home is your dream home.
- Trust your gut: Your dream home should just feel right. How did you decide on your perfect prom dress? Did it make you feel beautiful? How did you decide on your perfect life partner? Did he or she make you feel good about yourself? Did you feel like smiling whenever you thought of him or her? Your dream home should give you similar feelings.
- Stick to your budget: Even if you find the perfect home, if you can’t afford to furnish it or enjoy life; it’s probably not your dream home. Eventually, you will start to resent being house poor, no matter how great the walk-in closet is or how nice the tile is in the bathroom.
How would you describe your dream home? Would it have a pool and a game room? Or would it be a cozy 2 bedroom house bursting at the seams with all of your beloved collections? Or maybe it’s a home full of your loved ones spending time together around the large kitchen island. Describing your dream home is the first step in any house hunt.
Let us know what your dream home looks like.
By Bonnie Marlow, Realtor