Just like dating, we all go into home shopping with a list of things we’d really like in order to settle down. So when you find a place that ticks all of the boxes—or at least most of them—it’s all too easy to get googly eyes and fall hard.

But the truth is—just like in romance—some of the things you think you want might  actually end up driving you crazy.

Before you sign your name on the dotted line of a home purchase contract, save yourself some heartache and remorse: Take a minute to browse this list of buyers’ most-wanted features—or, more specifically, the ones they wanted but end up hating later on. Are any on your wish list?


1.Open Floor Plan

Open floor plans have long been at the top of everyone’s wish list. But what’s it actually like to live in a house with one?To some people, it’s a bit like living in a large echo chamber.

Sounds can be multiplied in an open floor plan; they don’t offer sound protection.

There’s also a little thing called privacy to take into consideration. If you live with moody teenagers or several young kids, an open floor plan might mean nobody gets the space they need. It also might mean that a toilet flushing upstairs can be heard all the way downstairs in your living room.

You might need rugs and window panels to help absorb the sound, as well as tall dimensional artwork and plants to help fill in the space. Creating a warm, cozy atmosphere in a vast, open living space can be costly.


2. An upstairs laundry room

An upstairs laundry room sounds like the dream, doesn’t it? So convenient—no more unsolicited cardio as you lug piles of linens up and down the stairs.

But beware: This dream scenario can quickly turn into a noisy nightmare.Some laundry rooms are so noisy that people end up rebuilding them or moving them to the first floor or basement.


3. An in-ground pool

Pools are great, and for many buyers, a true must-have. But they can also be money pits,and difficult to maintain if you don’t have the budget.

Many people find that all of their free time goes to home maintenance projects,instead of spending time with their kids—the very reason they wanted the poolto begin with. Whoa, ironic!

So before you commit to a house with a large pool, make sure you have the resources (and interest) in maintaining it. Because the only thing worse than no pool is a dirty, neglected one.


4. A downstairs half-bath

Having a bathroom that’s readily available for guests might sound ideal, but it might not see much use if it is located right off the kitchen or dining room.

If your dream home has a half-bathroom downstairs, it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy the house—just consider it’s location.


 5. Designer sinks

Pedestal sinks, bowl sinks, vessel sinks, you name it—they’ll make your bathroom look très chic. But once you have one, you might be singing another tune.

In home design magazines, bowl sinks look like the height of luxury. However, when you need to actually use the sink, it can be incredibly awkward. The height of the bowl can make them uncomfortable to use, and sometimes they use up valuable counter space.

And although pedestal sinks look pretty and petite, they won’t be quite so charming once you start looking for a place to store cleaning products.

Buying a house with any of these in the primary bathroom, you may want to consider a bathroom remodel.

6.Hardwood flooring

Although everyone loves a good hardwood floor (especially in those places that usually have ugly carpeting), there are simply some rooms in the home that weren’t meant for unfinished wood floors.

Chiefly?Kitchens and bathrooms.

Many finishes look great but cannot handle everyday life for buyers. Especially those with young children. In the best-case scenario, they catch the issue and refinish the floors before spills or water become stains that become permanent. In other cases, people are investing in new flooring.

So when you ask your real estate agent for a home with hardwood flooring, make sure they have the proper finish and that you’re not buying a home that might have you replacing the floors before you ever get to enjoy them.