Think Right to Live RightMay 17, 2012
Adjust you Headspace to find your ideal Living-space
First, you must concede that clichés are well circulated for good reason. Location, for example, is indeed of centrifugal importance when selecting and bidding on a home. Ask yourself before the process sucks you in; Do you like the area, and the schools? Does it have the important features you want? Where do you work, and how does the commute scenario look? These things may seem secondary to aesthetics in the beginning, but in the long run they are the key factors in a happy life.
Second, consider that not all amenities are created equal. Square footage can look very different depending on layout. Avoid disqualifying or unnecessarily seeking property based on stringent criteria. Otherwise you may find yourself either pleasantly or unpleasantly surprised.
Third, keep an open mind, and always make decisions based on the future. A home is a huge purchase that requires care and patience. Carpet can be replaced, but the essence of a home is as fixed as your mortgage payment.
Lastly, be realistic, trust your gut, and don’t get discouraged. You may have to look for some time before you locate that perfect home, but it is far better to look and remain optimistic than to settle and squirm under the burden of an unwanted mortgage. If a home does not “feel” right, trust yourself, and remember that this is a real-world decision, so holding out for the “deal of the century” is as fruitless as jumping at the first opportunity that comes along.