Have You Fallen Out of Love With Your House? Here's Why!

Remember that moment you found your home? How you loved those high ceilings and shiny hardwood floors? And how about those stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen that you wanted so badly? You made an offer, got it accepted and a few months later you moved in, happy as a clam. Every morning you woke up smiling, congratulating yourself for being so lucky to have found the perfect home.

But then, after a while, the honeymoon ends.

The kitchen, which seemed so large at one time, now feels small. You wish you had two sinks in your master bath instead of one. You start looking at real estate websites to see if there is anything better out there, because you come to the realization that you have fallen out of love with your home. So is it time to move on?

If you think the love affair between you and your home may be over ask yourself these questions:

1. Having Buyer’s Remorse?
Having a little buyer’s remorse after a home purchase is normal, especially during the first year or so. It takes some to make the house into a home. So put your personality into it. Do some renovations to make the home your own such as paint one wall in your bedroom your favorite color or buy new fixtures and towels to freshen up your bath. Doing personal touches here and there can help make a house feel more like home.

2. Did you consider the bigger picture?
There can be so many reasons to love a house but a home’s surroundings matter just as much as the house itself. If the house isn’t situated in an area that suits your lifestyle you may feel like you are missing out. When looking for a house, look at the community as well. Are there kids similar in age to yours nearby? Like to hike or fish? Is the house near access to either of those activities? Make sure you are just as happy outside the house as you are in it.

3. Are you willing to roll up your sleeves and work?
You know that relationships take work. Houses do, too—sometimes more than we bargain for. An older home may have maintenance issues and if it is unique most updates and repairs may require pricey specialists. You may be able to see potential but determining how much energy and money it will take to reach it is something you should figure out before diving in.

4. Have you followed your instincts?
If you do decide to do the work and make your mark on a home, don’t be led astray too much by the return on investment— how much resale value your upgrades will bring once you sell your home. Sure, it’s important, but if you plan to live there for at least five year be sure to do what will make you happy.

By: Audrey Brashich