10 Ways You'll Know This Is The Right Home For You

It is normal to harbor fears about making the wrong decision when you're looking at homes to buy. Many first-time home buyers wonder how they will know when they have found the right house. Here are 3 preliminary things you should know about finding the right house:

  • First, an ethical real estate agent will never, ever, pressure into buying a house.

  • Second, you will instinctively know it.

  • Third, you may want to sleep on the decision. Don't.

If You Have Found the Right House, Can You Sleep On It?

Right now you're probably wondering how you will know that you have found the right house if you don't sleep on it. What's wrong with sleeping on it? Everything is wrong with sleeping on it. Trust yourself. Don't second guess your own instincts. Your instincts will not steer you in the wrong direction.

Have you heard the phrase: shuffle your feet, lose your seat? Somebody else could buy your house out from under you while you're counting sheep. You're not the only home buyer looking for a house to buy with your specific criteria. You might not know it, but there are other home buyers with similar intentions looking at homes today in the very neighborhoods where you want to buy.

The last thing you want to hear your buyer's agent say is another buyer made an offer and it was accepted minutes before your offer was submitted. Happens all the time, too.

Unless you're buying a brand new home, there is not another home around the corner just like the home that now you can't buy. When you find that house, buy it.

10 Ways to Know You Have Found the Right House

  • You Want to Go Inside the House

Part of the excitement of looking at homes is not knowing which could be your new home when you pull up to the curb. Is it the one on the left, or does the house on the right strike your fancy? If it is the house on the right, and you like it better than the house on the left, that could be a sign. It means there is something about this house that appeals to you.

  • The House Embraces You the Moment You Enter

Within 3 seconds of entering the house, you will know whether it feels warm and comforting. Does it seem to speak to you? Does the house invite you to explore? Does it feel, well . . . right? Like home? Then it probably is.

  • You Don't Feel Funny in the Bathroom

Sometimes buyers feel so uncomfortable near a bathroom that they won't walk into the room. They are afraid to let their feet touch that bathroom floor. They will stand outside, grab the door frame, and poke their heads in for a minute. If you can walk into the bathroom and feel compelled to open the shower door or stroke the vanity marble, this is your house.

  • You Are Possessive About the House

Maybe your agent points out a flaw and says, "There is a stain in the kitchen sink," and you want to slap her face for saying something so mean about this house. You want to defend every flaw you see. If you even see the flaws, because right now, flaws do not matter.

  • You Begin to Envision Furniture Arrangement