While you have the perfect idea of the perfect home the chances are slim that the house in your dreams is going to be one you find for sale. If you do find such a house then you should make an offer right away so you don't run the risk of losing out on it. Otherwise, you want to know which areas you are willing to compromise on that will help make it a little easier for you to find a good home for you and your family as soon as possible that you will all be happy in. Here are some areas you may want to decide on whether or not you can compromise on them:
Can you compromise on the garage?
Do you need a home with a garage? If so, must it be a two car garage or a boat deep garage? Can you go down to a single car garage if there is an adequate driveway for parking the cars? Can you be flexible on a garage as long as there is a storage shed or a basement where you can store your things? Limiting yourself to a garage of an exact size can mean the difference between getting a fantastic home right away and needing to do more looking for the right place.
Can you compromise on the number of bathrooms?
A lot of times people will need to let the perfect home go because they really need a two bathroom and the home they are looking at is a single bathroom home. You want to know whether or not you actually need a second bathroom. If your family has a tight schedule where everyone wants the bathroom at the same time, then a one bathroom just may not be an option. But, if you have different schedules and going down to one bathroom would be a minor inconvenience, then this compromise can make home shopping a little easier. You may even be able to add on a second bathroom in the future and end up increasing the home's value for when you go to sell it.
Can you compromise on the number of bedrooms?
You will generally need the number of bedrooms you need. However, there are some things that can be done to get you in a great house that doesn't have your number of bedrooms, but has the potential for those bedrooms to be available. For example, a home with two bedrooms and an office can be easily converted into a three bedroom. Also, you may be able to take a huge bedroom and turn it into two bedrooms with just a little bit of work.
Whether you're moving to be closer to family or you're in the midst of a military relocation, there are options available for you.