How to Choose a New Home When You’ve Found 2 Perfect Options

Frustrating, isn’t it?

You spend months (or even years!) getting your finances in order to buy a house, getting pre-approved for a mortgage, and searching for the perfect home.

Then… you find two of them!

And they’re both so great that it seems impossible to make a decision.

Now, I’ll admit – this problem is probably easier to deal with than not finding any options for a new home at all, but it’s still tough. No one likes choosing between two houses when there is no clear-cut best option.

…But what if there is a best option, and you just haven’t weighed the pros and cons of each home long enough to see it?

I’m betting that’s the case.

So, if you’re trying to figure out how to choose a new home when you’ve fallen in love with two houses, read on to learn a few things you should do when making a decision. Trust me – you’ll be unpacking your boxes in that gorgeous new home in no time!

Consider the neighborhood.

When you first drive into each home’s neighborhood, think about how you feel. If you feel unsafe or uneasy simply being in the area, imagine how much worse you’ll feel living there!

But don’t rely on your emotions alone – do some research and find out the local crime rate. You can even contact the local police department to ask about the safety of your potential new home’s location.

In addition to safety, look for other signs of a good neighborhood, like well-tended yards and well-maintained houses.

Time your commute to work and/or school.

Trust me – the last thing you’ll want to do when you move into your new home is wake up every day knowing that you’ve got a ridiculously long commute to work (or school).

But you shouldn’t just look up the distance on your phone’s GPS app. Instead, actually time the commute by leaving the house in the morning when you would normally leave. Of course, you’ll also want to time how long it takes you to get home.

You might discover that one home comes with a much easier commute, which can make your everyday life less stressful and give you a few extra minutes to sleep in every morning!

Think about nearby attractions.

Before you decide on a new home, sit down and make a list of places you travel to often. For example, you may want to consider:

  • Coffee shops (especially if you’re a student or if you like to grab a latte on the way to work!)
  • Nightlife
  • College campuses
  • Your child’s school
  • Shopping malls
  • Grocery stores (you’ll probably need to go to one pretty often, so it’ll be nice to have one near your new home!)

Once you’ve got your list, figure out which home you’re considering is closest to the most important attractions. Convenience can make a huge difference in how happy you are in your new home.

Make a list of pros and cons for each home’s specific amenities.

When you’re thinking about how to choose a home, you’ll want to consider things like the decorating style, maintenance requirements, number of rooms (especially if you plan to grow your family), storage space, parking, and more.

So, list the pros and cons of each home’s amenities and compare the two lists (make sure you include your spouse and/or roommates in this process). Remember, you’ve got to think about living in your house long-term, so take your time when doing this. You don’t want to end up stuck somewhere you don’t like!

Think about how easy it will be to SELL YOUR HOME in the future.

No matter how much you love your new home, you’ll likely want to move again at some point.

So, check the resale value of other homes in the area to determine whether or not it’s likely you’ll get a good return on your investment. And ask yourself whether or not your new home looks similar to the ones surrounding it. If it doesn’t, you might be in trouble when it’s time to sell your home – people are less likely to buy a house that looks out-of-place in its neighborhood.

Trust your gut.

Before I talk about this point, let me say this:

You shouldn’t just trust your gut and get carried away with your emotions when choosing the home you’re going to live in. Take some time to think your decision through, and make sure you have the home inspected by a professional before you buy.

That being said, if you truly can’t think of major differences between the two homes you’re considering, trust your intuition. The home that makes you happiest when you set foot inside it will probably end up being the one you’ll enjoy living in the most (assuming that you’ve had it inspected and followed all of the other tips in this post).

When all else fails, talk to your trusted realtor.

The great thing about working with a realtor is that you’ve got all the expertise you need to make an informed decision about your new home.

Your realtor should be able to tell you details about each home you’re considering, and they may also be able to help you negotiate a lower price for the one you decide to buy.

Plus, a seasoned local realtor can offer insight on the area where your new home is located and help you figure out which one is closer to the places you’ll need to visit often.

If you’re not sure how to choose a new home in the Killeen/Austin area, I can help.

On top of knowing a lot about the local attractions and homes, I’m a certified Military Relocation Professional who can help make your family’s move as easy possible. I can even show you a new home via Facetime or Skype!

Contact me today, and let’s talk about what kind of home will best suit your needs.