If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, you probably watched the first season of Fear the Walking Dead unfold over the past several weeks.
Not only does the show offer interesting characters and a new perspective on the zombie apocalypse – it can teach you a bit about avoiding home buyer’s remorse!
So, let’s jump right in. Here are a few things the zombie apocalypse can teach you about buying a new home:
(Caution: Season 1 spoilers ahead!)
Keep the big picture in mind
Remember the scene when Ophelia’s father took her love interest hostage? Ophelia is told that her guy will be kept safe, but her father actually ends up torturing him to learn vital information.
That information ends up saving the group from being killed off by the military… But was the torture morally right? No – of course not.
But what the morbid situation did show is that Ophelia’s father had the big picture in mind. He knew that he needed to think about more than just surviving his current situation – he needed to think bigger and plan ahead for the future.
And that’s exactly what you need to do when you’re thinking about how to choose a home.
Don’t just think about what you need in the present moment. Think about what you’ll need in the future – maybe you can anticipate those needs and plan ahead for them!
For example, if you think there’s any chance you’ll want to adopt a big dog one day, you may want to consider buying a home with a large yard. Similarly, if you’re thinking about having a big family in the near future, a two-bedroom home may not be enough.
Think about extra expenses associated with home ownership too. Here are a few examples to show you what I mean:
- Commute time – If your dream home is further from your workplace than other homes you’re looking at, you may want to reconsider. After all, gas prices could easily rise and put you in a rough spot financially when you find yourself paying for that long commute.
- Property taxes – As a home owner, you’ll need to pay property taxes and can expect them to continually rise over time.
- Insurance – If you’re moving from an apartment into a house, you may be a bit shocked at how much more expensive it is to insure your new home. Check into your home insurance rates so you can budget for them appropriately.
- Upkeep – Unless you’re okay with your home looking deserted, you’ll need to maintain the lawn and exterior in general. You’ll also want to maintain things like the plumbing, fireplaces, paint… the list could go on and on! Make sure you’re financially ready to do so before you splurge on a pricy home.
And remember – just because you think a home is everything you’ve ever wanted doesn’t mean that it actually is. Your emotions can easily cloud your judgment during the home-buying process, which is a huge factor in home buyer’s remorse.
And that brings me to my next point:
Walk through (multiple times, if possible) and pay attention to details
When Nick, a drug addict who no one takes too seriously, starts telling people that something bad has happened in an abandoned church, no one really believes him… until his stepfather, Travis, decides to investigate further.
Travis heads over to the abandoned church to see the situation for himself. After thoroughly exploring the church, he finds out that Nick was telling the truth all along.
Take a lesson from Travis, and check your environment (the house you want) to find out the truth. Don’t let yourself get tricked into buying a home that seems nice – it might have some dark secrets that need to be uncovered, like undisclosed structural issues.
Also, look out for other signs that the house you’re viewing isn’t as good as it seems, including:
- Bugs scuttling around the house
- Windows that don’t work
- Any “off-limits” rooms during the walkthrough
- Funky smells
- Foundation problems
While you may be able to perform your own inspection, make sure you always pay to have the home inspected by a professional too. Yes, it might be a bit pricey, but it could save you tons of money in the long run by helping you avoid buying a home riddled with costly problems.
Fight the urge to make an impulsive decision (you’ll have to live with it for a while!)
In Fear the Walking Dead, Claudia, a nursing student, makes the impulsive decision to leave her son with his father so she can help people who have been hurt or infected during the zombie apocalypse.
While she thinks she has made a good decision, she quickly realizes that the people she’s working with don’t care much about whether or not she ever sees her son again. Plus, she ends up getting infected and knows that she’s doomed to “turn” – a situation she reacts to by taking her own life at the end of the season.
So in the end, her impulsive decision cost Claudia her life. Pretty intense, right? I bet she’d have given anything to go back in time and stay with her son instead of leaving him!
Trust me: when it’s time for you to buy a home, you don’t want to make an impulsive decision that will leave you feeling regretful like Claudia.
So, take your time when you make your home-buying decision. Don’t get too caught up in features that don’t really matter. Instead, focus on both your long-term and short-term needs, and take the time to weigh the pros and cons of buying the house you want.
And remember, if you need an Austin, Ft. Hood, or Killeen real estate agent, I can help.
Buying a new home doesn’t have to be as terrifying as trying to survive the zombie apocalypse! Reach out to me, Dagmar Rogers, by calling or texting 254-258-0777. I look forward to assisting you in your search for the right home.