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Lessons Three: Hello Emo

22 Feb

What I am about to say is absolutely impossible to fully achieve, so just putting that out there.

Ready?

Try not to get emotionally attached to the houses!

Ha!  Yeah right.  I went into the process stone cold, ready for anything, and after our first offer was rejected I became a cynical emotional wreck.
Hi there, wanna hang out???

But one thing that really worked for us, after a little bit of trial and error, was turning the search process into something that was as objective as possible.

Enter the Excel Spreadsheet.  

We actually used Google docs for this because it’s an easy way to share (and we are tech nerds), but any spreadsheet will work.
Here’s all you gotta do:

1. In Row #1: Enter house detail category words (price, location, cost, square footage, etc…)  Pretty much anything that might make or break your decision.

2. In Row #2: Fill in the details with your “must haves”.
If you are buying with someone else, make SURE you are both on the same page here!!!  If not, back up, try again.

3. In the remaining rows, enter the details for all of the houses you visit.  No cheating.

4. Highlight anything that doesn’t meet the criteria in Row #2 in red.

5. TRY AND WALK AWAY FROM THE RED HOUSES!!!

Example:

This may seem silly, but it really allows you to look at the houses you visit objectively and logically… a.k.a. without all of the emotion that you may want to attach to them.   It also helps you remember all those little details, because after a while, all the houses blur together!  If you can, add a picture to the list!

Also be strict with your criteria.  The longer you look, the easier it is to “bend” a little with your needs.  Yes, the walk in closet is soooo dreamy…. But trust me, a 500 sq/ft 1 bed house with bad roof is not “doable” no matter how many shoes it will fit. Do not ignore the red in the spreadsheet!

Ultimately if you’re not in a super rush to find a place, it’s worth the wait to find the place that suits you best.  There is no perfect home, but there are a lot of really great ones out there ready for you to make your own.

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2 Responses to “Lessons Three: Hello Emo”

  1. Domestocrat February 22, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    Nice, I love a good spreadsheet!

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