by Katie Pocras, Nebraska Home Sales Realtor.
The Rolling Stones sang about it in their classic song, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”,
“You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need”
I do have my doubts that the Rolling Stones were talking about houses, but just in case they were, the Stones have a point.
I have a wise client. She’s looking to sell her long-time family home and get something smaller, simpler, and less stairs, and less grass. When I asked her what she is looking for in her next home, she was pondered philosophically, “I don’t really know”, she said. “Life is a trade off. I”ll get some things that I want, and I’ll give up some things.”
Her words have stayed with me for weeks. No one gets everything they want in a home. Even if it’s new construction and custom built. I’ve heard from these buyers’s too…”I wish I would have (fill in the blank).” Yes, one the final nail is pounded, many people do think about the ‘what –ifs’.
The tradeoff of what you want versus what you need is true in every value of home price range. The trade off is a personal choice. What can you live with versus what do you really want or must have? I most commonly see in a smaller home, the buyer wishes for more closet space, a kitchen island, or 2 a car garage. In a larger, more expensive home, the buyer might wish for more storage space, a larger backyard and a 4 car garage.
I can only suggest that home buyers know themselves. What makes you tick? How do you want to live? Just yesterday I was speaking with an architect. For her own home, she wants an older home, in an established neighborhood with mature trees, and a home with character. She figures she can make changes to the home as needed. Her trade off is old plumbing for raking leaves. And that makes her happy. You get what you need.