After the Purchase: 7 Ways of Coping with Buyer’s Remorse

You’ve purchased a new home – this is the start of an exciting new chapter in your life! So why the concerned look? Don’t worry, we all get the same anxiety after making a big purchase, especially when it’s something as valuable as a home. It’s just a little something called buyer’s remorse, and NuProp has prepared for you a list of ways to cope with these uncomfortable feelings.

  1. Focus on the positives

People tend to overthink when making a big decision and those negative thoughts can sometimes run rampant in our minds, clouding all the excitement. But don’t let the negativity keep you up at night. Instead, let the excitement take hold. I know, I know, it’s easier said than done. So to put your mind at ease, why not make a list of pros and cons of your new home? If you have trouble coming up with any reasonable cons, then you know deep inside that you are happy with your new home. And don’t freak out if you do come face-to-face with reasonable concerns. Being aware before the move-in day gives you time to make the necessary adjustments. Best of all, you now have all the good aspects written down on paper. So whenever you start to doubt your decision, consult this list to help you focus on the positives and appreciate all the good things that your new home has to offer.

  1. Stop looking

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If you’re like me, you might have spent a good portion of your free time perusing through real estate sites. Every home has something amazing to offer, whether it’s the beautiful yard, the spacious garage, the kitchen with stainless steel appliances, or the serene master suite. Best of all, these sites always have something for everyone. But when you’ve found the home of your choice, it’s time to stop looking. The grass does seem greener on the other side so it’s natural to have temptations to browse around. So the next time you have that temptation, remind yourself as to how many properties you looked through before deciding on yours. Why did you reject the other properties? What made you fall in love with your new home in the first place? Was it the location? Was it the design? Whatever it is, your new home had something that the other homes did not. Focus on what you do have, because it’s probably something that makes your home unique and special.

 

  1. Re-visit your wish list

When you first started house hunting, you probably had a wish list. As you analyzed each potential property, you might have referred to this wish list to see if the home would fulfill your needs, not to mention your family’s needs as well. If a property was eliminated, it’s probably because it did not meet the minimum requirements. Meanwhile, your new home withstood all the scrutiny and doubts throughout the home-buying process. Well, I can assure you that it wasn’t by chance. Don’t trust me? Take another look at your wish list and compare that to your new home. Does your new home have the layout that you always wanted? Does it have the required number of bedrooms and bathrooms? If there were some things that couldn’t be crossed off, you probably made a valid compromise so recall what those compromises were and why you made them.

  1. Start decorating

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Maybe you’re having a hard time imagining yourself living in your new home because it’s completely empty. If that is the case, start by searching for some furniture online. This will help you get excited to move in and who knows, maybe you’ll find the perfect bed frame for your master suite. If your new home already has all the necessary furniture and fixtures, why not hang up some family portraits on the walls or change the chandelier in the dining room? A home isn’t a home until you’ve added your personal touch, and this is the only time you can actually shop till you drop without feeling guilty!

  1. Make a to-do list

Don’t like the color of the walls? All you need is a brush and a can of paint. Don’t like the ugly wallpaper? Rip it off. It doubles as a stress reliever. But there are so many things that need to be done and it probably feels like you have so little time. Thankfully, there’s an easy solution to this problem. First, make a to-do list and start with the easy ones. Once you’ve crossed off a few, you’ll have more motivation and confidence to tackle the harder tasks. As you complete each task, you’ll have one less thing to worry about!

  1. Talk to others who have experienced the same feeling

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Sometimes, all we need is a little reassurance. At times like these, it’s best to talk to someone who has had the same experience of buying a new home and feeling anxious. Though close family members may seem like the ideal choice, it’s best to talk to someone who is not as emotionally and financially invested in the property. Some questions you could ask are:

1) Why did you decide on your home?
2) What sort of things were you initially worried about?
3) Looking back on it now, did those concerns pose any real problems?
4) How do you feel about your home now?

  1. Time for a party!

Purchasing a home is one of the biggest milestones in your life. And considering all the time and effort you spent on the purchase, you really do deserve a pat on the back. So go and share the moment with friends and family! Does your new home come with a spacious backyard? Why not have a BBQ? Does your new home have a high-tech entertainment space? Why not watch newly released movies in 4K? Hearing all the “oohs” and “ahhs” from your guests will give you that extra boost in confidence to help you take pride in your new purchase.

It’s natural to feel overwhelmed after buying a new home, but you are not alone. Every home buyer has their share of sleepless nights and eventually, those jitters go away. So unless you were drunk when making the purchase, chances are, you made the right choice. Relax! And now that you are a proud homeowner, friends and family will come to you for advice. Not sure what to say? You can start by having them check out NuProp for a list of newly launched properties to find a perfect home of their own.

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