Although gut emotions may reveal what your subconscious mind is focusing on, deciding on which house to buy purely based on how you feel while you walk through a house could lead to regret. There are several reasons for this.

What feels good now could only hurt later

But, most importantly, you shouldn’t let emotion guide you when buying a house because there are many factors to consider and measure during the house shopping process. For example, the strongest emotions of happiness or warmth might not clue you in to whether or not there are problems with a house’s wiring, roofing or flooring.

Just because you feel happy or excited while you attend an open house doesn’t mean that there are no dangerous chemicals in a house. It doesn’t mean that there isn’t asbestos, higher levels of mercury or carbon monoxide in a house. You’d likely need a carbon monoxide detector or a thorough housing inspection to spot dangerous levels of these chemicals.

Other reasons why you should let emotions guide you as you search for a house include your past and your personal tastes. If you’re drawn to bold colors and you see a house with bold colors decorating the exterior and interior, you might feel excited.

Emotions point to the past, not the future

You might feel as if you’re right at home as you make your way through this house. Emotions of being rooted at the house could strengthen if you spot amenities, features or decor in the house that reminds you of similar items that your parents,grandparents or another favorite relative had in her home when you were a child.

In addition to linking you to the past, if you get too attached to strong emotions that surface as you may your way through a house that you’re thinking about buying and your spouse doesn’t feel as strongly about the house as you do, arguments could ensue.

Dig your heels in because you’re certain that a house is so right that it’s the only house you should buy and even if you do end up buying the house, your relationship could be damaged. As tough as it might seem, house shopping experiences don’t have to turn bad.

To keep yourself from getting emotionally attached to a house too soon, create a list of amenities, structural designs and other features that you want in a house. Consider walking away from houses that don’t have more than half of the”wants” on your list.

Also, talk with your spouse and children. Ask them to share what they like and don’t like about houses that you check out. Instead of talking your family into agreeing with you or seeing the house the way that you see the house, stay open. Information that your spouse and children share with you could help you to see major problems that exist at the house.