Couples can bicker when trying to decide on a home to purchase. A certain level of compromise is usually required in finding the right one. As a real estate pro, you may find yourself a mediator to these disputes.
[5 things couple’s bicker about while home shopping]
I ran across a pretty cool article that I wanted to share with you guys. It’s called home features that spark bickering amongst couples. So what are the top things that couples bicker about or argue about or disagree about while searching for a new home.
I’ve got five of them, the first one is a wood burning fireplace. Some people love it, some people hate it, seems to be a point of contention. The second one is an in-ground pool, of course some people love it, some people hate it, take it or leave it. If it comes with a pool, cool. If it doesn’t come with a pool, that’s okay too. It really is a take or take it or leave it kind of thing, it’s certainly worth arguing about.
Do we want the maintenance fee? Do we not want the maintenance fee? Do we want to hire a pool cleaner? How do we want to handle that during the summer? Certainly up for a debate. It’d be cool to have a pool, but I don’t really know. Hardwood flooring is the third one, that’s obviously a hot topic. Because do you want hardwood floors in the bedroom, would you rather have carpets in the bedroom.
What do you want in the living room? Do you want carpet? Do you want hardwood? Do you have little kids crawling around? Do you have dogs? Do you have pets? So hardwood flooring is certainly something that couples disagree on. An outdoor bar or barbecue area is a good one too. Do people want to be able to barbecue? Do people want that deck or is a deck not very important? Would they rather have a finished basement? The last one is a finished garage, is a garage important? Certainly we could take it or leave it.
They’re nice to have. Some people store junk in them, some people put the cars in them. Sometimes their cars are too big. But those are the top five things according to an article I found, a survey of 989 homeowners that was done by a website called Porch.com which is a home improvement website. So the survey indicated the top five things that couples disagreed on. Number one wood burning fireplace, number two in ground pool. Number three hardwood flooring, number four outdoor bar and barbecue area, and number five is the finished garage. So the final stat is 49% of people who house hunted with a partner said it restrained their relationship.
House hunting is difficult, it’s time consuming. It’s detail-oriented, it’s confusing. You’re expected to pay 350, 400, 500, 700, $800,000 on a piece of property that you tour for about five or seven minutes. Some things have the items you want, some homes don’t.
You have to compromise, and this fun article tells you the five things that people disagreed on the most. Hope you guys enjoyed another edition of Evan Russell on the Russell realty minute. Be sure you give me a quick thumbs up on iTunes, I’d appreciate it. Have a great day.