When you are preparing to buy a new home, a lot of time and effort goes in to putting together your 'must have,' 'should have,' and 'can't have' lists. What if you turned those ideas upside down and, instead, started thinking about what is the single most important thing you must get in your new home?
Often, when I work with couples, the husband's and wife's lists look very different. Trying to get two people to have the same list, with the same priorities, can be a challenge. We always end up finding the right place, but I wonder if we waste a lot of time along the way focused on the things that are not as important to them. If you only had to agree on one thing--instead of a whole list--it might be easier to get to agreement.
I also think that sometimes buyers overlook homes that might be perfect for them because some of the items further down the list cause many houses to be stricken from the showing schedule.
Now I am not naive; we need those lists to narrow the field. But if you take the biggest, most important thing and start from there, you will probably get to the same house...and maybe faster.
What are examples of 'the most important thing?' A first floor master bedroom. A certain high school district. Maybe a certain middle or elementary school. It could be distance from work, or a certain county. It might be a gourmet kitchen or a fenced in yard. It is that one thing that will make or break a house for you.
Determining this priority will also make putting together your 'must have,' 'should have,' and 'can't have' lists (if you decide to do them--and honestly, you probably will). But knowing what the most important thing that you need in your new home, and having the same priority with your partner (if applicable), is a great way to start your search!
Do you know what your most important thing is?
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