MAKING YOUR HOUSE A HOME
“Home Sweet Home” – Brick and mortar, walls and carpet, fancy kitchens and large bathrooms do not a home make. That is true, but picking the right house can go a long way to help make it the home that you want it to be. Picking the right house will play a very important role in having a proper home for your whole family. Consider these principles to help make certain your “home” is not hurt by your “house” but rather helped by the choice you make.
1. Do not over extend yourself and buy outside of your means or stretch yourself to the maximum of your budget. More couples fight over finances than any one thing. And of course, your house is the largest one thing in your budget.
2. Pick a house in the right location. Having the world’s greatest house in the wrong location does not add to family peace. Consider the mileage. Add it up – to work, to the kids’ school, to day care, to the kids’ ball games, to church, to youth activities, to the grocery store. Figure out the gas money that you will be spending every week. A house located outside of your work, play, and activity area can cost you many hundreds of dollars extra every month.
Not only consider the cost in money for gas, but also consider the cost in valuable family time driving back and forth, that you could be spending with your family. Don’t forget to consider the driving time during rush hours. Being able to spend time together, at that new house that you bought, can make for a better home and is more productive family time than taking long commutes in an automobile. Those chairs at home in the den or on the patio are certainly more comfortable than sitting in a car. Think about it – you are asking that toddler to love you and hug you at the end of the day after you have strapped him in a car seat for two hours that day.
3. Making a house a home means also getting a place that fits your likes and dislikes, your style, your comfort. Buy something you like and enjoy. Don’t buy to impress others. Consider the backyard, the layout and location of the rooms in the house, the neighborhood, closet and storage space, and holiday times with visiting relatives. Do you like it? Does it fit? Would you and the whole family enjoy living there?
Be wise in making certain your “home” is not hurt by your “house”, but rather helped by the choice you make.
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