Most of us at one point or another have imagined our ‘dream’ home. We close our eyes and whatever images we have of what would be our residential paradise pops into our minds. Then reality sets in and a little annoying thing called, ‘budget’. But with a little compromise and flexibility, you can make your dream home a reality in ten easy steps.
Wants vs. Needs:
Remember Veruca Salt’s famous line from the movie, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?” She sang: ‘Don’t care how, I want it NOW!!!’ It’s easy to get caught up in the ‘wants’ when considering what house to buy. Sure, I may want to have an indoor bowling alley. A moat and trap door may be cool, too. But do I really NEED these things? For most of us, it’s important to sit down before starting the home hunt and really prioritize and recognize the difference between wants vs. needs. This is different for every person and family. A gift-wrapping room may seem frivolous and unnecessary to Joe, but if John has a business that requires packaging and shipping, maybe a separate room for that is a major need. I recommend you start the house search by creating a list of wants vs. needs with special attention paid to the needs column. Wants are great, of course, but as a bonus once all the needs have been met.