There are some things in life that you just know once you’ve found them: When you fall in love. When you’re ready to get married. When you want to start a family. When you’ve found the home in which you want to raise that family. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Though you may have that instinctual, gut reaction when you tour a house and suddenly know that it will be your future home, you may also be one of the many who find yourself debating the pros and cons and facing anxiety and uncertainty about committing yourself to the right choice. If you find yourself waffling over your array of choices, consider the following to determine which is the right house for you:
It Catches Your Eye
When you are driving through the neighborhood to go tour the home, is it the one that draws your eye? You may not notice the address right away to know that this is the house you are coming to see. Before you realize which house you are targeting, is this the house that naturally piques your curiosity? If you find yourself admiring the other houses instead, it may be a sign that this house is missing some key qualities that you value.
You Envision Your Personal Touch
Once you start exploring the house, do you imagine where you will place your furniture and hang your photos? Do you find yourself thinking of color schemes and design inspiration? If so, this could be a sign that you feel comfortable in this space. If you are unable to imagine creating a life in this space — including how you will add your personal touches or go about your day-to-day life — this may be an indication that the house doesn’t meet your personal style or needs.
It is Inviting
You can often get a good sense of a house upon entering it. While personal touches create a more inviting atmosphere, the layout and design of the house should also draw you in and make you feel comfortable. If you don’t feel this welcoming sense upon entering the house, it is likely not the right house for you.
It Fits Your Needs
A practical and objective way to determine whether a house is right for you is to decide whether it has the amenities and qualities that your family needs. For example, are there enough bedrooms? Is the kitchen large enough for your family meals and entertaining needs? Is there a large enough yard for your children and pets? The answers to these questions will determine your family’s enjoyment of this home for many years. Personal style and a welcoming atmosphere will seem insignificant when you are bunking family members on the couch or you are fighting for bathroom space every morning.
Even if you don’t have that “just know” feeling, you may have other thoughts and feelings that can help you realize that you are smitten with the house. For example, you may start to feel excited to tell your friends and family about the house. Or perhaps your thoughts keep returning to the house even after you start looking at others. Maybe you have those “butterflies” when you think of the house. These are all indications that you have likely found the house that’s right for you.
What did it feel like when you found your first home? Did you “just know” that it was the right house for you, or did some of these factors help you decide? Tell us your story in a Facebook comment!
About the Author
Amanda Tradwick is a grant researcher and writer for CollegeGrants.org. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, and has recently finished research on <a href=”http://www.collegegrants.org/college-grants-for-disabled-students.html”>education grants for disabled</a> and <a href=”http://www.collegegrants.org/nevada-college-grants.html”>student grants in nevada</a>.