Finding Your 85% Perfect Home: Why It’s the One You Shouldn’t Miss

Searching for the perfect home can feel like trying to find a needle in a haystack. You envision every detail, from the cozy fireplace to the spacious backyard, and naturally, you want it all. But let me let you in on a little secret: the perfect home? It doesn’t exist. But fear not, because there’s something even better – the 85% perfect home.

Picture this: You walk into a house, and it immediately feels like home. The layout flows effortlessly, the kitchen speaks to your inner chef, and the natural light dances through the windows just right. But as you explore further, you notice a few quirks—a smaller closet here, a dated bathroom there. It’s not flawless, but it’s pretty darn close.

Now, you might be thinking, “But shouldn’t I hold out for something that checks off every box on my wishlist?” Here’s the thing: while it’s essential to have your must-haves, holding out for perfection might mean missing out on a gem. Here’s why:

Firstly, perfection is subjective. What’s perfect for one person might not be for another. That house with the dreamy backyard might lack the open-concept living space you crave, while the cozy cottage might not have the sleek modern design you had in mind. By fixating on finding the flawless home, you risk overlooking properties that could be a fantastic fit for you.

Secondly, renovations are your friend. That outdated bathroom? It’s nothing a fresh coat of paint and some new fixtures can’t fix. Remember, you’re not just buying a house; you’re investing in potential. With a bit of creativity and elbow grease, you can transform that 85% perfect home into your personal sanctuary.

Moreover, compromise is key in the home-buying process. Rarely will you find a property that ticks every single box without breaking the bank. By being flexible and open-minded, you’ll expand your options and increase your chances of finding a home that’s not only 85% perfect but also within your budget.

But perhaps the most compelling reason to consider the 85% perfect home is this: it has character. Those little imperfections add charm and uniqueness, making your home truly one-of-a-kind. After all, it’s the quirks that make a house feel lived-in and loved.

So, the next time you’re on the hunt for your dream home, remember this: perfection is overrated. Instead, focus on finding a home that resonates with you, flaws and all. Who knows? That 85% perfect home might just turn out to be 100% perfect for you.

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Emily Nealy has been a REALTOR since 2014, serving the Acadiana area. Not only does she know the local market, but she’s served many clients in all phases of life. With a passion for the industry and for her clients, she keeps her finger on the pulse of the current trends in housing, financing, and negotiation. If you’re looking for an agent to help you navigate this ever-changing market, she’s your girl! 

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