Buying a home can be exciting. There are lots of decisions to make and things to do. If you’re purchasing the home on your own, then you’ll be able to move forward on key aspects such as location, features, and amenities fairly easily. But, when purchasing with a spouse or significant other, then there are some details that you’ll need to hammer out prior to really getting the ball rolling. Here are some steps that can help you decide on a new home with your significant other, narrow down the best option for you both, and that can also alleviate stress throughout the process.
First, sit down and discuss what you “must have.” For example, what are the features in a home that you each need to have such as a garage, a fireplace, or a home office room. Any time you make a big decision with your partner, there will likely be some compromises. But, by talking things out ahead of time, you will make it much easier to locate a place that has at least some of the features that both of you require.
You will also need to discuss your budget. Being on the “same page” in terms of how much you’re willing to spend can make the entire process go much more smoothly – and it will also provide you with a range of potential homes to look at, provided they meet your other criteria.
Once you have agreed on features and budget, you should ideally look at potential properties together. This will help you to each form an impression of the home, and then you can discuss the property afterwards – going over the features that you may have liked and / or disliked about it. As you go through this process, you are likely to find a home that you both like – or possibly even love – and will move forward to make an offer on.
If you’re looking for that perfect home in the Bakersfield area, we can help. Give us a call to start the process. We’ll also be happy to provide you with a no obligation assessment of your current home’s market value.