When you’re shopping for a new home, it can be hard to look at house after house and know which one is going to be the right fit for you and your family. Some homes may check certains things off your list while be lacking in other areas. Especially if you’re working within a tight budget, it can be hard to know where to prioritize your wants versus what you can afford to pay. However, there’s a certain amount of gut instinct that goes into making the decision to buy a home. So to help you trust you gut a little bit more, here are three ways you can know if a potential home is right for you.
You’re Mentally Moving In Furniture
Many home buyers tend to know pretty early on when they walk into a house if it will work as their home. Certain houses may give you a good feeling while other houses may leave you feeling wanting. But according to Bethany Lyttle, a contributor to Forbes.com, one sign that a home might be right for you is if you’re mentally placing your furniture around the home. If you look in the dining room and can envision your table and chairs there or can see yourself relaxing in your bed at a certain angle in the master bedroom, chances are that something inside you likes the idea of living in this home. In contrast, if you can’t imagine yourself living within the rooms of a home, it probably isn’t a good fit for you.
You Defend Its Flaws
While almost every home will have something about it that you’re not thrilled with, if a home is sitting well with you, you may find yourself defending its flaws to yourself and others. Elizabeth Weintraub, a contributor to The Balance, writes that many people, when they’ve found the home they want, don’t even recognize flaws in the beginning. But if someone points something out to you that could be considered a flaw, and you, in turn, completely dismiss or defend it, that could be a good sign that you’re ready to move into that home, warts and all.
You Compare Other Houses To It
It’s commonly said that you don’t want to simply take the first home you see, even if you love it. Most realtors will recommend seeing what else is out there to ensure you get exactly what you want. If you find yourself in this situation, looking at other houses although you think you already found the right one, you can help yourself to know when to call off the search when you begin comparing other houses you see to the one you love. Virginia C. McGuire, a contributor to Trulia.com, writes that when you can see that other homes don’t have the same qualities of the first home you saw, it’s fair to say that the one you hold all other homes in comparison to may be the best choice for you.
If you’re unsure how to know if you’ve found the right home, use the tips mentioned above to help make this decision process easier.