Avoiding Emotional Decision Making When Buying A Home
Using your head to find "The One"
Posted: June 24, 2020 by Jessica Wimberly
Every home buyer hopes to find the perfect house. The one that, as soon as you walk through the front door, you know it is the one for you.
It happens, and when it does, we are really happy for our buyers. We always want our buyers to fall in love with the perfect house and live happily ever after.
Just like in relationships, however, emotions often come into play during the home buying journey…Emotions that may result in some not-so-loving feelings.
Today, we will talk about those emotions and help you identify if you are making decisions with your heart and not your head.
Here are some basic emotions that can either help or hurt our home buying decision:
We have all learned that fear triggers a “fight or flight” response. In terms of making decisions, fear may cause you to “flee” from making any decision at all, which could make your home buying experience exhausting. If you are afraid you will run out of time, or that if you pass on a house you won’t find another one, you may “fight” by making a rash decision too quickly. This is when your "must-have" list will help you out. Does the home check all of the boxes? If so, then you know it's the right one.
Feeling sad can cause you to lower your expectations and settle for less than you truly want. You may decide you don’t need certain features that you previously wanted. Or you may settle for one of the first homes you see instead of persevering with the search. So, if you are having a down day, skip the house hunting and pick it up on a day when you are truly "feeling" it. It's kind of like shopping for a cute outfit when you are just not in the mood: Rarely do you leave the store with anything in hand.
Disgust can cause you to eliminate choices that otherwise might have been in the running. You might find the perfect floorplan, style, or location, but if the home has a bad odor, a filthy floor, or some other off-putting defect, you might not be able to stomach it, even if it is a completely reversible problem. And honestly, we totally get this one. No one wants to buy a home that is unkept. However, if you've been on the house hunt for some time and the home has everything you've been looking for, have your agent write in your offer for the home to be deep cleaned prior to the sale.
Surprise is an emotion that is fleeting– it happens quickly and then subsides. Surprises can be pleasant, like if you go to see a home you were not expecting to like and find it is much nicer than you expected. But if you are touring the home and a rat runs out of the pantry, you get a negative surprise. While surprise doesn’t last, the memory does, and it can influence how you feel about the event. Luckily, we see more pleasant surprises than unpleasant ones. We are going to hope it stays that way!
With all this being said, when you have a Coldwell Banker Gosslee agent on your side, they will be able to help you talk through these emotions as you are previewing homes. They will help you see what is the right or wrong fit, all feelings aside.
All you have to do is give us a call today and we will have you in "the one" before you know it!
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