Shady brokers, bad plumbing, wildly competitive open houses, misleading listings, sky-high prices, and ever-escalating offers: there is a terrible lot to contend with when finding a new place to live.
But there’s also no other process that deserves your time and attention like discovering a new place to call your own. Here are seven quotes that will help keep you sane during the emotional marathon that is the home search.
“Home is the nicest word there is.” — Laura Ingalls Wilder
Looking for a new home is a lot of work, but it’s important to remember that, ultimately, this needs to be a place that makes you happy.
“It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.” — David Allan Coe
While flashy fixtures and nice sconces often sell houses, it is the basics and bones that really matter in buying (or renting) a home. Try to pay just as much attention to the unglamorous things.
“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” — Jean-Jacques Rousseau
You’re going to hear from at least one friend about how they went out with a real estate agent on a whim one fateful weekend, looked at one perfect house, and just knew.
These people are maddening and need to be ignored. Real estate is a lot like falling in love. Sure, sometimes it just happens at first sight, but most of the time it takes patience, understanding, and a lot of work.
“The root of suffering is attachment.” — The Buddha
It might be a little lofty to quote the Buddha on a real estate blog, but when it comes to house hunting, detachment is vital. Until the paperwork is signed, there are many, many things that can go awry.
“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” — Winston Churchill
Your home can affect you in ways you don’t even realize. Will a master bedroom without natural light make you cranky? Will having a bathroom with dual sinks lead to double the mess? These are questions you can only answer for yourself.
“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” — Mark Twain
You don’t want to end up with an unfixable fixer-upper, but a place can be so much more than what you see at an open house. Look past the staging and think about what you could do to make the space yours. You might be surprised at your own creativity.
“Home is wherever I’m with you.” — Edwin Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
When all is said and done, the building doesn’t matter nearly as much as the people in it. Even if you live alone, a home is made up of the people who live there.
If you remember that you’ll find happiness in everyday moments at home, then creaky floors or leaky pipes will be no big deal.