Before the home search begins, we will want to know as much as possible about the features and amenities you desire. To help us better serve you, analyze what you want and what you need in a home’s features and amenities.
Needs vs. Wants
Make a column of needs. These are must haves. For example, we need a minimum of 4 bedrooms. Another example, it must be a single story home, no stairs.
Now make a column of wants. These are features or amenities that are really desired, but if the property doesn’t have them, it’s not a deal killer. For example, we want a large backyard with trees. Also, we want to be within a 10 minute drive of our jobs.
- Age: Do you prefer historic properties, or newer ones?
- Condition: How much repair or rehab are you comfortable with? Completely new or updated only?
- Bedrooms: How many?
- Bathrooms: How many?
- Living and Dining Areas: A traditional, formal layout, or a more open, contemporary plan?
- Stories: How many?
- Square feet: How much space?
- Kitchen: How big? Recently updated? Do you prefer a gas stove for cooking?
- Storage: Big closets, a shed, an extra-large garage?
- Parking: A garage or carport? Room for how many cars?
- Homeowners Association: ?
- Play/exercise room
- Security system
- Sprinkler system
- In-law suite
- Hot tub
- Wooded lot
- Patio, deck, or porch
- Laundry room