When looking at multiple properties there’s a tendency for a few things to happen based on your particular personality type.
Let’s call this one Dory
- They all blend together and you can’t remember one from the next after you’ve been to 20 open homes!
Then there’s Goldilocks
- None are just quite right, one is too much this, one is too little that. You’re looking for the perfect property.
Finally there’s Anna (from Frozen)
- You fall in love – quick and hard with the first property you see.
In short, home shopping can be hard!
A little tip to help with Dory, Goldilocks or Anna? Write a wants vs needs list.
A simple piece of paper with a line down the middle.
On one side:
Your NEEDS – this is the stuff you won’t negotiate on.
On the other side:
Your WANTS – the things that it’d be great to have but that aren’t deal breakers.
Things to consider might be:
- Extra rooms – such as rumpus / second living area / second bathroom / garage space
- Yard size / land size
And remember, not everything can be a need or you’ll Goldilocks yourself out of every property.
Decide what’s a NEED vs what’s a WANT and then go forth with your list and tick off each property to help you get to the bottom of what you actually will be happy with!