When you begin the search you're filled with the hope and belief that the perfect home is out there somewhere, just waiting for you to find it.
That could be true – but it probably isn't.
Searching for a home that you believe is perfect in every way can leave you frustrated, frazzled, and tired from spending days or weeks on the hunt.
So stop and think twice. Choose the most vital "must-haves" and focus on them. And think about the fact that you CAN make changes after the house is yours.
For instance, if you must have a fence for your dogs or for your children's safety, find out what it costs to have one built and adjust your housing budget to accommodate that expense. That new fence could be up within days of closing.
The same goes for things like granite counter-tops or stainless steel appliances. If the floor plan is good and you love the location – you can remodel the kitchen to suit your own tastes.
The one thing you can't change after the purchase is location. Even if you love the house you may grow to hate it if you're spending two hours on the road every morning and evening.
So focus your energies on finding a nearly perfect home in an absolutely perfect location.
When you're ready, I'll be glad to help you search for "perfect" - and glad to point out ways that "nearly perfect" can be transformed into the home of your dreams.