Tip #1: Envision and manifest your new home
If you know that you’d love to live in an area that has hiking trails within strolling distance, take a drive out to communities like Turtle Creek in Concord. If being close to shops and eateries is more your pace, take BART out to Downtown Walnut Creek. All this is to say, physically go to the communities and truly envision yourself living there. While you’re in these communities, pick up local magazines or hiking maps from the East Bay Regional Parks District. When you get home from your neighborhood tours, dig into these materials and physically put them together.
As important as location is, the home’s layout, bedroom and bathroom count, and lot size may matter more to you. Dig into magazines such as Dwell or Better Homes & Gardens and clip out images of what you envision your next home will look like. Now for the fun part; put all these images and trail clippings together to create a vision board.
Once your dream-home vision board is complete, write down your family’s non-negotiables. (For example, a good school district may be a non-negotiable for you when it comes to buying your home.) Now, write out the item’s that you’re flexible with. Perhaps you’d love to have a pool or a second guest room, but it’s not a necessity. Write out these lists and add them to your vision board.
Before you tour homes, check in with your board and picture yourself finding your home today. After touring each batch of homes with your REALTOR®, go back to your vision board and see if the properties align with what you’d like to see in your future home.