- Age: Do you prefer historic properties or newer ones?
- Style: Do you have a special preference for colonials, bungalows, or another style of construction?
- Bedrooms: How many?
- Bathrooms: How many? Are they updated?
- Living and Dining Areas: A traditional, formal layout, or a more open, contemporary plan?
- Stories: How many?
- Square feet: How much space?
- Ceilings: How high?
- Kitchen: How big? Recently updated? Open to other living areas?
- Storage: Big closets, a shed, an extra-large garage?
- Parking: A garage or carport? Room for how many cars?
- Extras: Attic or basement?
- Play/exercise room
- Security system
- Sprinkler system
- Guest suite
- Hot tub
- Wooded lot
- Patio, deck, or porch
- Laundry room
Location, Location, Location:Where you buy not only affects the home’s current and future value, but it also affects your lifestyle. Your agent will be able to conduct a more targeted home search if you outline your preferences in neighborhoods and nearby amenities. Here’s a checklist of items you should consider and communicate to your chosen real estate agent.
- Urban, suburban, or rural
- Commute time
- School districts
- Desirable neighborhoods
- Proximity to the airport
- Proximity to restaurants and retail
- Access to major highways and thoroughfares
- Access to public transportation
- Health care facilities
- Parks and recreation
- Length of time you plan to live in the home (your agent should be knowledgeable about growth trends and projections that could affect your investment)
Once you’ve decided where you want to live and what you need vs. what you want, share this with your agent so they can better serve you throughout your search. House hunting can be stressful, but you can lighten the load by knowing your needs before you start looking!