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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Richardson

Finding the Right Home: Understanding Needs vs. Wants

Are you dreaming of buying your own home? It's an exciting time, but it can also be a bit confusing. Let's make it simpler by focusing on what's really important. Sometimes, we mix up what we absolutely need in a home with what would be nice to have. It’s like wanting a chocolate cake but really needing a good meal. Both are great, but one is essential.

First, figure out your needs. These are the things you can’t do without. For most people, this means a safe neighborhood, enough bedrooms for your family, maybe a good school nearby, and a price that fits your budget. Here’s a tip: make a list of these essentials.

Next, let's talk about wants. These are the extra things that would be great but aren’t necessary. Maybe you want a big backyard, a fireplace, or a fancy kitchen. It’s totally normal to want these things, but remember, they should come second to your needs.

When you start looking at houses, keep your list of needs and wants with you. This will help you stay focused. It's easy to fall in love with a house because it has a cool game room, but what if it doesn’t have enough bedrooms? Always check your list!

Think about the future too. If a house has everything you need but it's a bit old, remember you might have to fix things later. This can cost money, so it’s important to think about these costs when choosing your home.

Here are some specific tips:

  1. Prioritize Safety and Comfort: Always put safety features and comfort at the top of your needs list. A safe neighborhood and a comfortable living space are crucial.

  2. Consider Your Long-Term Plans: Will your family grow? Do you work from home and need an office space? Think about what you'll need in a few years, not just now.

  3. Be Realistic About DIY Projects: If you’re thinking about buying a fixer-upper, be honest about how much work you can do yourself and how much it will cost.

  4. Remember the Non-House Costs: Buying a home isn’t just about the price of the house. There’s furniture, utilities, taxes, and more. Make sure these fit into your budget too.

If you're feeling unsure about how to balance your wishlist with your budget, I’m here to help. Let’s chat and find the perfect first home for you, one that makes you happy without breaking the bank. Buying a house is a big decision, but together, we can make it a lot easier and more fun. Let’s turn your dream into a home!

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