"Love at first sight" is every future homeowner’s dream. While you’ll definitely find a home you and your family fall in love with, expecting every single thing to be perfect is a bit, well, unrealistic. Especially if you’re not entirely sure what it is you’re looking for. To help you figure out what you want in a home plan (and bring you closer to that falling-in-love feeling), we put together these four tips…
1. What Does Your Heart Desire?
It might sound corny, but the best place to start is with the question: What is in your dream home? Maybe it’s perfect-sized bedrooms, a flex room at the front of the home, open concept living spaces… But there’s a difference between what you want in a home and what you absolutely need. Be honest with yourself about what you genuinely cannot live without. You might also want to give yourself a reality check now and consider your budget. How much home can you afford? And where can you afford it?
Now that you’ve got that in mind…
2. Start Assigning Items as Wants or Needs
Look at the list you created for your dream home and work backward from there. Start categorizing each item on that list as a want or a need. There’s no need to bump off wants now, but it’s helpful to keep those in mind as you start looking at our homes plans. With this exercise, it’s helpful to consider what you’re willing to pay more for (such as a shorter commute or better school district) and what you could live without (like a three-car garage). Remember that there’s a lot you can change about a home (like landscaping or carpet colors). Make sure you and your partner or family are on the same page with this list to cut down on house-hunting bickering.
3. What Could Help You Out in the Future?
We get it. You’re looking to move into your new dream home, and you can’t imagine ever doing this again. But the truth is, you’re probably going to move again at some point. So, it’s a good idea to also consider what “value items” are on your list. These items are features that add value to the property for future buyers. Work with your real estate agent and our Design Center Consultants to figure out which of the items on your list are high-value items that may come in handy when you’re looking to sell in the future, like hardwood floors or a beautiful kitchen.
4. Narrow Down Your Home Search (For Your Own Sanity!)
Many prospective buyers start out full of energy and excitement – you could look at three dozen homes in one weekend! You’re ready! But you’re not likely to find your dream home right away. It’s easy to get worn down after you’ve spent weekend after weekend looking at houses. To cut down on this fatigue from the start, take that list of wants and needs, and apply it to your search. Don’t tour every available home in a 5-mile radius of your dream neighborhood; spend some time narrowing down your list. You’ll be happier with the results and will keep your stamina up throughout the entire process. You also might start to narrow down that list, or even alter it all together, after you’ve seen a few homes and realize that an open floor plan is more important than a Carolina Room.
Finding your dream home isn’t always easy, but it’s within reach. These four tips will help you narrow down the search and evaluate what you’re really looking for in a home. Now, time to explore some of our most popular home plans!