Deciding What You Want and Need in a Home

Figuring out what you need and want in a home seems very simple, and it certainly can be.  However, experience has shown us that for that right home, the house you walk into and never want to leave, the list may go out the window and your emotions and intuition will take over. Below you’ll find a list of items you should consider when looking for your new home – but remember this is just a guide… The Basics:
  1. What part of town do you want to live in?
  2. What is your price range?
  3. Are schools a factor?  If so, which school systems would you like to be in?
  4. What type of neighborhood would you like to live in?
  5. Do you want an older home or a new home?
  6.  What type of house are you interested in?  How many levels?  Ranch, two-story, split-level?  What style?  Contemporary, traditional, colonial, hasienda, tudor?
  7. How much, if any, renovations are you willing to do?
  8. Do you want to be close to major roads or shopping centers?  If so, which ones?
  9. How big of a lot would you like?  Big yard or small yard?  Fenced in or open?  Would you like a pool?
  10. How many covered parking spaces do you need?  Do you need a garage?
The Interior:
  1.  How many bedrooms must you have?  How many bedrooms would you like to have?
  2. How many bathrooms do you want?
  3. How many square feet do you think you need/want?
  4. Flooring – is carpet okay or would you prefer hardwood or tile?
  5. Eat in kitchen, dining room or both?
  6. Formal living room, family room, or TV room?  If you feel you wouldn’t use a formal living or dining room, you may want to think of another use for these rooms that would make it functional space for you family, since many homes have this feature.
  7. Open floor plan or more contained rooms?
  8. Office space – an entire room or just a designated area with built-ins for instance?
  9. Laundry room requirements.
  10. Do you want a fireplace?
  11. What features do you want in each of the following rooms?  Kitchen, master bedroom, bathrooms, dining room, kid’s and/or secondary bedrooms.

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