I researched the topic til my eyes were red, swollen and felt like fire! I know it’s real; I know it’s terrifying; I know there are ways to minimize it.
Buyer’s remorse is a sickening topic to consider when the purchase is a home. It’s not a pair of ill-fitting shoes or an ugly sofa to be returned or cast off and forgotten. I’m amazed to discover statistics are all over the board regarding – well, statistics! But certain things jumped out at me. Socio-economic status was deemed irrelevant. The phenomena seems more prevalent among millennials (who want to diy, but often discover the scope of work is outside their skill set or the cost becomes prohibitive) and first time home buyers (who get swept away in their excitement).
The purchase of a home can easily overwhelm. So, what can you do? Identify each step before you tackle the process, break it down into bite size pieces, and make it manageable. Part of my job is to help you focus on your requirements and goals. Needs first. Wants are a bonus and depend on your budget. A bit of thought and planning, some serious brainstorming, these things are not a waste of time.
Downstairs master, playroom, island kitchen, backyard space, high ceilings and, of course, OPEN CONCEPT. How many times do you hear that term on HGTV? A list of your preferences is imperative when you consider purchasing a home. But there’s so much more to it. Selection criteria should take into consideration where, how and when you use the space, just for a start.
In Texas, morning sun is a fabulous perk! But when was the last time you noticed every home in a neighborhood was built with the patio facing East-Northeast? Lots have a ‘premium’ for a reason. Solutions are available but when you find ‘the perfect house’, it’s easy to get carried away and overlook important points. Do you have sufficient afternoon shade for entertaining? Do you garden? Have outdoor pets? Want a pool?
What about new construction? Is the house on a lake? (That will require another post!) How will the house sit on the lot? Do you enjoy morning coffee or evening wine? Will the glare through the windows require everyone to don dark glasses at breakfast? Will guests simmer during dinner? And, if you’re watching the playoffs, will the glare on the screen make your head pound?
Consider wall space – are there too many doors or windows? Will the sectional sofa you’ve been considering work when you add a Christmas tree in December? It’s not important to everyone, but is it important to you? Will traffic flow smoothly through the kitchen or will the family be trampling each other while getting meals on the table?
Imagine getting groceries from the car to the pantry. Must they be carted down the hall, across the living room, around the island and through the laundry room? Again, not important to everyone. But it’s a deal breaker for others. The monetary investment required for a home is certainly sufficient to require a few thoughtful notes about your lifestyle. Continue reading Life in the Sun – Texas Homeowners→