When buying a new home we’ll often focus on the mechanics of the house — how many bedrooms and bathrooms, how big the back yard is, how nice the kitchen is…on and on. What we don’t always realize, is that buying a new home can be a great opportunity to discover a whole new side of yourself. If you buy with that in mind, you’ll be sure to get more for your money.
Let’s start with community. Taking the time to drive through neighborhoods during peak hours and on weekends allows you to see the community in action. Does a suburban lifestyle feel more fitting or do you love the hustle and bustle of city life? Do you like having neighbors who are a knock away or does having a lot of land where you feel more isolated feel more comforting? Where you live should align with who you are as a person. Someone who loves nightlife, going to bars, or dining out often may not enjoy a home in the country. On the other hand, if you love to hear birds chirping at sunrise and enjoy nature and fresh fair, living downtown in the midst of the city may not feel nourishing.
Now take some time to visualize the perfect setting of your new home. Do you enjoy spending more of your time outside where you can garden, entertain, or soak up the sun? Do you need a lot of sunlight in your home to help lighten it up since you spend a good amount of time inside? As you start to tour homes, take a moment both inside and out to close your eyes, to picture yourself living in the home. What does it feel like? How does it look? What thoughts come to mind that make you smile? What warms your heart? Take the time to see it, feel it, breathe it as it will open your eyes to some important indications about what will nourish you in a home.
Home buying can be stressful and sometimes the rush to buy a house can overshadow the importance of ensuring that you find a space that is your sanctuary, your home. You aren’t just investing in a home, you are investing in a lifestyle, you are investing in you. So take it slow, envision your ideal spot, and manifest!