Hopefully, you know the seller isn’t going to let you sleep over, so what am I talking about when I say to “try on” a home? Besides looking for a home in places that are convenient to work and and has great schools, why not take the daily, weekly, and even monthly activities of family members consciously into account, too?
When we go home shopping, we often have a list of wants and/or needs that a home must have. This typically serves as a method to eliminate a property from consideration, even though most of the time you could have eliminated the property based off the information presented on the listing. Once the home has a majority of our wants/needs we then decide if we like it based off of how much we enjoyed the house. Which can lead to some confusion upon moving in because you thought the home met your needs.
The problem lies within the fact that we very rarely take a walk in our family shoes. So when you are making a list of wants/needs, make sure you take into account the activities of your children. If your daughter or son is in gymnastics, is there a gymnastics training center in the area? If your child plays hockey, is there an ice arena nearby or even a hockey team/league in the area. If your child has special needs, are the services your child requires in the area you are looking. Does your family exercise facility have a location in the new area? These are all important questions that should be addressed before you fall in love with a home. In doing so, you know what is really important to you and knowing this can save you from making costly mistakes or experiencing buyers remorse.
The process of “trying on” a house and “taking a walk in your family shoes,” helps you evaluate what is important to you. I think you’ll find it’s worth the effort in the long run.