It's completely normal for your to be excited about buying your first house. However, it's also important that you don't allow the excitement that you're feeling to overshadow the importance of the decisions that you need to make. You probably already have a an idea of what you expect to have in a new home, but have you taken the time to think about your needs realistically? Before you start shopping for your first home, take time to consider these things.
Often, people who are buying their first home only think about what their current housing needs. This is why you see a lot of homes advertised as "starter homes." People tend to purchase smaller houses because they don't currently need a lot of room, anticipating that they will purchase a larger house when needed. However, if you purchase a home only expecting to live in it for the next few years, and you can't purchase a larger home or build an addition onto your current home when you do need more room what will you do? When you're purchasing your first home, you need to think long term. If your goal is to eventually use your first house as a rental to generate passive income for your family, purchasing a smaller "starter home" might be a good option. However, if you're planning to raise a family in your new home, you should try to purchase a house that's large enough to eventually house your growing family.
Know Your Needs
Unless you're building a brand new home, there's a good chance you're going to have to make some compromises at some point during the buying process. So, before you start looking for a house to buy, you should make a list of the features that you'd like in your new home. Once you've listed all of your "wants," take the time to prioritize your list. Use a highlighter to highlight all of the features that you've included on list that are your "must haves." These are the home features that you absolutely can't live without. Use the list you've made as a checklist when you tour potential houses so that you can keep track of which features are available in each home you see. This way, when you're narrowing down your options, you'll know exactly what each house has to offer, and you'll be less likely to purchase a house that doesn't have your must-have features because you thought it was beautiful.
By knowing exactly what you need and what your long-term goals are before you start shopping for houses, you can relax and enjoy your first home-buying experience. After all, buying your first home is exciting and you should be able to enjoy it.