Months before my wife and I even got engaged, we would randomly go and check out model homes at subdivisions under construction in the area.
When we first started doing this, we weren’t in the market for a home, new or otherwise. We hadn’t even entertained the idea of living together. It was just something we thought would be fun!
While looking through various homes, just like with anything else, we would talk about what we liked and didn’t like. Without knowing it, we were making things much easier on ourselves a few years down the line!
Fast forward to 2007. We had since gotten engaged and were only a few months away from the wedding. We knew we didn’t want to live in my bachelor pad condo, so we had put it for sale, but with a softening market, we hadn’t spent any time at all looking for homes.
Or had we?
When an unexpected offer came in just a few weeks after putting the condo up for sale, we were taken by surprise and, after accepting the offer, turned our efforts into finding our home. Now, with limited time, a wedding to finish planning, and everything else that life brings, it was a recipe for disaster.
But, what we quickly found out is that we already knew what we were looking for. Without even knowing it, we had already hashed out the most important things we wanted in terms of a house that would work for us. When we sat down with our realtor to begin our search, laying out our wants and needs was almost too easy.
Looking back, that wouldn’t have happened so easily without having gone through the process of looking at homes together.
So, if you even think you might be looking at a home purchase in the future, go look at some model homes (or even open houses of existing homes). It’s fun and you never know, you might be saving yourself lots of time down the road.