When you start planning to build a home with your partner, it could be the most exhilarating time of your lives, but if each of you has very unique tastes or ideas, the excitement can die down. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t prevent discord and misunderstandings. The first home buying experience can still be the best you share with your partner.
Here are some tips on how to avoid or settle arguments over home building and design with your partner:
Plan with the goals and interests you share.
List down the ideal amenities you want to have and what you are planning to do with each one (e.g. turn a spare bedroom into an office or gym). Consider your lifestyles and what features of home should complement them (e.g. a big modern kitchen because you love cooking, spacious living areas for frequent parties).
Don’t hesitate to express your thoughts, but listen to each other, too.
Be assertive with what you want in the home and what possible design would celebrate both your styles. Consider your partner’s opinion thoroughly; always remember that open communication is the only way to peacefully reach agreements and compromises.
Consider other people in the relationship.
When you’re building a home, your financers, home builders, and other professionals you work with become part of the relationship. Be open and clear in communicating with them as well, so that the relationship can be more fruitful.