When people start to look for a new home, they often think about how their home will "look" and "feel". They use their senses to tell them what to buy. That is often why when you go into an open house, the sellers may have fresh baked cookies in the oven. They want the home to SMELL like home! That is also why they have often "staged" the home with furnishings that look perfect. They want you to "see" yourself there. But often the most effective way to find a home that will be the most satisfying is to look at your lifestyle and fit how the home functions, how it is laid out, and what features it has to meet your lifestyle needs most efficiently. This means that the location, size, amenities, neighborhood, and etcetera all work toward your goals. Let's take an example.
- Middle aged couple with two teenagers (a boy and a girl)
- Love to attend a local church
- son plays tennis and wants to go to a specific high school that has a great tennis team
- daughter plays piano so would like to have room to practice piano where it does not annoy her brother.
- Dad works from home in the evenings and on weekends and would like a small office space to work quietly
- The family like to go boating and has a boat on a trailer that needs to be parked somewhere
- Mom has a book club that meets weekly at her home. She would need a comfortable living room to accommodate the members of the book club.
Taking a look at you lifestyle is pretty important in narrowing your home search. Once you narrow your search to a specific lifestyle and limit the homes that you look at to fit those needs precisely, then you can find the one of those homes that is staged, has fresh baked cookies and voila! You have zeroed in on a smaller number of perfect homes and you can begin to negotiate for the best price.