How to Pick a Home For Sale that You and Your Partner Agree On
If you are in a relationship, whether you are married or not, deciding on a home gets a bit more complex when you both have differing opinions.
While you may agree on some things, the likelihood that you will both agree on all things that have to do with a home is not very high.
While this can cause stress, we want to make the process of purchasing a house for sale as stress-free as possible by giving you and your partner a couple house hunting tips that eliminate the drama from the get-go.
Use these tips to help with your house hunting.
- Create Separate Must-Have Lists – You like some things and they like others but you both probably have some things that you do not want to negotiate on.
The first step you should take is writing these things out so you can know where you both stand. That also gives you a joint must-have list that you can start with. If some of your items are conflicting, it is a great opportunity to talk about what makes those things must-haves and then see where you can compromise.
- Be Willing to Compromise – Next, you both need to take a step back to see things from your partner’s perspective. A great relationship is all about compromise and this is another area where you both need to bend a little to make you both as happy as possible.
- Create a list together of “off-limit options” – This list will go in flow with your must-have list as this will serve as your “off-limit” items when discussing your wants with your realtor. This list can have things such as certain neighborhoods that are off-limits or a style of home that’s off-limits.