It’s OK to Say This House is Not the Right One,
and You Should!
House hunting is a pretty emotional process, with lots of excitement and anticipation once you find homes you are interested in seeing, especially when you are first starting on your search. There can be lots of ups and downs in your emotions, especially when excitement about a certain home turns to immediate disappointment when you walk in the door, or when you are pleasantly surprised at what you find.
Hopefully, you are embarking on your house search with your pre-approval in hand, and with a pretty good idea of what you need, and want – it’s probably best to focus on your needs before your wants since that list is probably shorter, and for many buyers needs may be more important than the wish list.
Knowing what you really need will help you stay grounded and avoid making a decision based purely on your emotions, or missing a home that meets your needs but doesn’t get you excited because the wow factor isn’t there or your wish list is left wanting.
You may also have a mental list of issues that would rule out a house for you - your “deal killers” that would have you walk away from a house even if you like it. Issues like road noise, fronting on a busy road, or a home that’s been smoked in might be on that list for you.
I saw this the other day with buyers who liked many aspects of a home, but they had to admit the pretty significant road noise “is a deal killer for us.” Only you know what will be an issue you can’t overcome, no matter how much the house tugs at the heartstrings, and it can be an emotional struggle.
It’s OK to say a house is not the right one because it does not meet the requirements. In fact, you need to be honest with yourself…and your agent, when this happens and not keep trying to make something work when deep down you know it doesn’t. That may mean looking some more, or further evaluating your list to make sure you really are focused on what is most important.
There is no perfect house, and lots can be done to make a house your own, but when it doesn’t feel right you need to listen to that little voice, and your emotions.
But of course you should also be prepared to say “this is it” when you know you have found the right house, the emotions kick in, and you are ready to move ahead and make an offer.
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