Now that you have a defined list of home features, the real work begins, but it can be easier than you think. If you can think about your new home in three buckets + your target budget, you can create a winning strategy:
- + Price
The Land category is about finding a lot and property that works for you. A yard that is big enough, and has the right potential for your needs. Your opportune home may have perfect curb appeal or it may end up being a blank canvas that needs your personal touch. Either way, look for the potential of the lot and yard.
The Place is about finding the right community for you. Feeling good about the schools (if you have children), the street and the general area.
The Price. It goes without saying that all home features have a price. Buyers who try to mix and match features to get to the perfect home and expect that home at the perfect price, will be disappointed every time. Sellers know when their home is worth more money, and seldom do sellers give away value.
In the end, it is much easier to paint a house and change out kitchen counter tops, than it is to fix a bad school, or try to evict a street of bad neighbors. It is better to find a community that you love, a lot that you like, and a home that has a floor plan with potential to make you very happy. You can love living in a wonderful home--even if it falls short of absolute perfection.