Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to minimize that possibility.
For example, if you sell first, you’ll know exactly how much you’ll be able to put towards a new home. Having that specific number in your back pocket will enable you to target your search and jump on buying opportunities right away. When you see a home you like, you won’t have to wonder, “Can we afford it?”
Creating a buying plan will also help ensure that you find the home you want, quickly.
Ideally, it should have a shortlist of neighbourhoods or areas you are considering. Narrowing your search in that way actually increases the likelihood of finding a “right fit” home. You should also create a profile of the kind of home you’re looking for — type, number of bedrooms, etc. — as well as the features you need, such as a spacious kitchen.
Being open-minded about the homes you see is also crucial. If the “perfect” home isn’t coming up in the listings, be flexible. Often, a less-than-perfect home can become a dream home with just a few improvements.
So, replace worry with planning and action. Then, once you sell, the home you want will be out there – and you’ll find it!