When it comes to couples shopping for a home together, there is a lot to think about.
Whether you’re living together and not yet engaged or recently became engaged, buying a home is a big step.
That said thinking things through is always the best move to make.
In shopping for that first home to call yours, you have to be sure that many things fall into place.
From finding an affordable home to deciding where to live, the key is not to overthink things.
So, are you ready to shop for a home together?
Taking Life a Step at a Time
For your home shopping needs to fall into place, stop for a moment and think about how you got to this point in life.
First, are you going to be living together as engaged couple or he hasn’t proposed yet?
If the latter, where is getting an engagement ring on the to-do list?
In the event the ring wasn’t bought been, don’t fret as a woman.
In most cases, your man would not be considering living together if he didn’t plan on proposing to you at some point.
When that day does come, will you receive the engagement ring you truly wanted?
For many guys, shopping for that special ring can be a bit unnerving.
If you think your guy is a little stressed over such a big buy, tell him to calm down.
There are countless ring options out there, many of which will be affordable.
Whether he’s looking at engagement rings with moissanite or other styles, trust him.
You may consider shopping for a home together pre-engagement. That said having that ring on your finger likely gives you a better feeling.
That said even if you’re not quite at that point and time yet, don’t fret.
Yes, shopping for a home together can be nerve-wracking.
Putting your collective minds together means two heads are better than one.
What to Look for in the First Shared Home
So that you increase the odds of finding the right home, remember these tips:
- Price does matter – For many couples starting out, price in fact does matter. Although you might want the most expensive house on the block, is it in the cards for the two of you? The biggest thing to avoid is running up a huge debt early on in your relationship. There will likely be opportunities down the road to get a nicer and bigger home. As a result, take your time getting to that point.
- Location plays a role – Depending on your jobs, try and find a home that is not a long commute to work for one or both of you. The same holds true if one or both of you are taking college classes to further your job aspirations. Try to find a home with a central locale, making for less of a drive. Remember, less driving means more time together.
- Who will be your neighbors? – Another important factor in play is who your neighbors will end up being. No, you can’t choose your neighbors, but you can choose which neighborhood you want to move into. Now knowing who lives in each home is next to impossible. With that in mind, you should still scout each neighborhood you are thinking might be the one. Does it seem safe? Is it a quick walk or drive to stores, banks, medical facilities and the like?
When it comes time to shop for home together, engage in some serious discussions.
Remember, this is yet another big step in sharing your lives together.