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How to Avoid Home Buyer’s Remorse 

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Depression, teen depression, tunnel, youngMaking the right decision when you are buying a home may seem like a daunting task. You may look at dozens of properties before you find one that you want to buy. You may find yourself deciding between two or three comparably beautiful and suitable homes. With all of the stress and emotions that are tied up in buying a home, you might get to the end of the process and think that you’ve made the wrong choice. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you avoid buyer’s remorse:

  • Are you more focused on the home or on winning? You might have to beat out a few other offers in order to get the home. Are you more focused on buying that home because you want it as a home or on beating out the other bidders? This can become a competitive situation, and some people might become so competitive that they stop thinking about whether or not they really want the house as much as they are being asked to pay for it.
  • Have you toured the house more than once? It is very unlikely that you can walk through a home once and be absolutely sure that you want to buy it and live there for a decade. Instead, you should make sure to see any home that you are seriously considering at least twice. You may notice things you didn’t notice before—things that might make you love the house more or take it off of your list entirely.
  • Have you seen the house at different times of day and really spent time in the rooms? You usually cannot get a good idea about the quality of a house unless you have thoroughly investigated every room. Simply walking around the space once is not enough to know if the walls are intact, the flooring is high quality, if there are any serious issues that need to be fixed, etc. Seeing the home at different times of day will help you notice the little things about each room.
  • Does this home really have what you need? When you set out to buy a home, you probably had a list of things that your future home would need. Does this home actually have all, or, at the very least, most of those things?
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