Buying a new home can at times be stressful, but there is one constant thing that invades our thoughts and pushes aside the stress and that is the dreaming or thinking of ourselves living out day to day in a new home. We picture family and friends coming to visit, we envision holidays, and making new memories. We actually put ourselves into a self-driven vision of what life will be like if the base of our living happens in this or that home and that vision is happy and joyful.
According to experts, that is exactly what you should do whenever stress seeps into the process of home buying. As humans we are conditioned to play out consequences in our heads to help us determine if we are near danger, yet we can end up spending more time in the stress than necessary and robbing ourselves of the joy embedded in the process of a major life event. It happens to brides planning their weddings, and new parents waiting for the arrival of a new child, and it can happen to home buyers as well.
To make the most of the journey of buying your new home, make sure you are allowing yourself plenty of allowance for the joy that will accompany this new change in your life. Remember why you started on the journey and how at one time it was just a glimmer of hope. You didn’t let the possibility of stress creep in to your thoughts, you kept focused on the positive side of the journey of buying a new home. Once you are in the process of shopping for a new home, and narrowing down your choices, don’t let stress creep in and muddle up your joy.
One idea on how to do that is to keep a journal, or perhaps a visual diary of pictures of the process of choosing the house that you will spend years in, raise a family in, and the place you will invite extended family to visit and join in holidays.
Another idea is to stay focused on the point of which you move in to the new home. Yet, if the whole idea of moving is causing you stress, then start planning now on making memories to share down through the years. On your first night of being in the new home you could have an on the floor intimate picnic, or you could invite friends over to help you get started on painting and unpacking, or have the biggest gathering of family and friends since your home might be sparse in furnishings at the beginning offering more room for everyone to see it before you settle in. Keep focused on not what you have to do, but what you could do and center in on making fun times out of your move.
As estate agents, we are front and center in the journey home buyers take, and we can assure you that the moment you have keys in hand for your new home, the stress of the buying process melts away. Take advantage of the opportunity you have in front of you to open your arms wide to the joy of the journey of home buying both during the process and after you walk through the door knowing the home is yours.