Arguably, no decision in life is more nerve-wracking than choosing which equestrian property to buy! It’s a major financial decision, and any reasonable person wants to ensure they’re making the right choice before jumping in with both feet! But how can you tell when you’ve found “the one”? We’ll lay it out for you.
It fits your budget
One of the most important things to remember when buying a home for your family and horses is to buy what you can afford. Nothing is more heartbreaking than not being able to make your monthly payments. You’ll know you’ve found the right property when it fits easily within your budget.
It’s in a great location
Once you find a property you love, consider its location, especially relative to things most important to you and your family. Remember – you’re not just buying the house, but you’re also buying the neighborhood. If you visit the property and find a lot to love about the location, then that’s a great sign!
You’re excited to see it in person
It’s easier than ever to begin your search online. You can learn so much about what’s on the market, browse listings, and get to know a neighborhood. You’ll probably discover there are a few places you really want to see in person, and maybe one or two in particular that really interest you. Pay attention to which ones call out to you and trust your instincts.
Once you get inside, you get more excited
So many homeowners have admitted the moment they stepped inside, they knew a house was meant to be theirs. When you walk inside a home, how does it make you feel? Is it warm and inviting? Is it easy to imagine your furniture there, or what color you’d paint each room?
You can walk into the bathroom
It may sound a bit odd, but here’s a great gauge to know if a house is right for you – can you walk into the bathroom? If you find you just can’t bring yourself to cross the threshold into the bathroom, it is probably not the right house, unless you’re committed to major renovations.
It fits your needs
While the house might not (and probably won’t) check off every item on your wish list, it will certainly fulfill your basic needs. The house should have the number of bedrooms you need and any other additional space that’s important. It might require a little imagination or creativity on your part, but that’s okay. The same goes for the horse facilities. Don’t compromise on space or layout with the thought you can change it later. Sometimes it just isn’t feasible.
You’re telling everyone about the house and horse facilities
Do you find it difficult to get the property out of your mind? Are you telling everyone you talk to about it? Do you find yourself mentally arranging furniture, your round pen, and tack storage? Then it’s become crystal clear this property is right for you, your family, and animals!
Your intuition tells you “this is it”
Ultimately, you can crunch the numbers and double-check your lists, but it will all boil down to your intuition. What does your gut tell you? If your mind is obsessing over the house, your emotions are in overdrive, and your inner voice keeps telling you this is the one, then listen. Choosing the right property isn’t just about making a financial transaction. It’s also about making a connection. You’ll know “this is it” when your gut tells you.
Compliments of Carol & Patti