Can You Find The Perfect First Knoxville Home? (Here’s The Honest Truth)
Owning a home is the American dream.
Or, so they say.
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably thought about buying your first home.
You may not be imagining the perfect little white house with a white picket fence located on the perfect street with a mortgage payment that is just right.
Still, you’ve thought about buying your first home. You know it’s a smart investment and you’re sick of throwing money away on rent.
So, is it possible to find the perfect first Knoxville home?
(Read on to find out the truth.)
Does The Perfect Home Exist?
Let’s be honest. Perfection is hard to come by. It’s an unrealistic standard for anything. In reality, nothing will ever be 100% perfect.
One thing we often strive to find in life is the perfect partner or the perfect job. You may go out on a lot of bad dates or hold a lot of not so great jobs, but eventually, you’ll find the one for you that is right. Overall, you’ll be happy with what you end up with, but there will be certain things that you end up sacrificing. There will be inevitably things that drive you nuts about your partner (the way the chew his or her food) or things that drive you nuts about your job (the occasional weekend you work). But ultimately, the good outweighs the bad.
The very same goes for finding the perfect house. It’s just sometimes buyers tend to forget that the truly perfect house doesn’t exist. There will always be something that you may not love about a home. The home may be perfect in every way but you know that you’ll need to renovate the bathrooms. Or, may be perfect, but your drive to work is just a few minutes longer. If you find a home that checks more items off your list while meeting all the important criteria, you should be happy with the home that you’ve found.
How To Go About Finding The Right Home
First, the most important thing that you can do when you buy your first Knoxville home is to set the right expectations. Finding the right home is about finding a home with most of what you’re looking for, but there may be certain things that you have to sacrifice. Where you may sacrifice certain things, you may gain in other area. While you may want a more update master bath, you may gain by getting a home with a home office. Finding the right home is about give and take.
It’s also important that before you hit the market, you’ve got a clear understanding of what you’re looking for. Ask yourself the following to help narrow down your search criteria:
- What size home do you need? Number of bedrooms, bathrooms?
- What do you want to be close to?
- Do you want a new home or an older home?
- Are you willing to do some renovations?
- What things to you absolutely need?
Once you know what you’re looking for, be sure to have a clear understanding of what you want vs. what you need. You may want a great kitchen, but do you need it? That’s the question you’ll always need to ask yourself.
As you begin your home search, it’s important to keep this list in mind. It can be easy to get swept away by homes with a glossy finish. Don’t go buying a 2,000 square foot home when you’re really need 2,600 to accommodate your family comfortably. If a home is sacrificing one your biggest criteria, it’s probably best to skip it all together.
Finding the right home can just take some time. But, the good news is that there are always new homes hitting the market. If you don’t like what you’re finding today, you could have 10 new homes hit the market over a weeks time that fit your criteria. It’s all about patience.
Conclusion: You Can’t Always Get What You Want But You Might Just Get What You Need
Every buyer end up finding the right home. Some buyers find it in the first home, while others may take a bit more time. You’ll end up finding the perfect home just like everyone else. The road just tends to be smoother for those who know what they’re looking for.
Buying your first Knoxville home is an exciting and overwhelming experience. If you’re like most first-time buyers, you may not be sure where to start. If there is anything we can do to help you in your home search, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’ve helped countless homeowners buy their first home and we’d love to do the same for you. Rick can be reached at 865-696-9002 or via email at Rick@KnoxvilleHomeTeam.Com. Kati can be reached at 865-696-1888 or via email at Kati@KnoxvilleHomeTeam.Com.
Are you ready to start your home search? Visit our home search page to get started today. Or, be sure to keep up with our Knoxville First Time Home Buyer’s Blog to keep up with the latest information about buying your first home.