Separating your must-have
features from the ones you can live without
Just as you wouldn’t set out to buy the
Thanksgiving Day groceries without a list, you
shouldn’t start looking at houses before
you know for sure what you want and need in
Focus your home search early on by writing out
the features your new house absolutely must
have, and those features that, while nice to
have, are not necessarily deal breakers.
You can start by asking yourself the following
Knowing your budget will help you decide which
of your desired home features should stay on
your shortlist. Here are the two factors to
•How much can I afford to spend on my
•How much renovating and remodeling am
I willing to do?
Some home buyers are willing to compromise on
location, and for others location is everything.
To determine how important it is to you, answer
- Where do I want to live? (community/general
- Is the quality and proximity of schools a
- How far am I willing to commute to work?
- Is being close to public transportation important?
- Which amenities should be close by? (grocery
store, medical clinic, mechanic)
These are the features every prospective home
buyer must consider. Determine which ones you’re
dead-set on, and which ones could go either
- Do I want a brand new house, or an older one?
- What style of house do I prefer? (ranch, colonial,
split-level, multi-level, town home, condo,
multi-family, bungalow, other)
- How big a home do I want? How many square
- What sort of lot would I like? (small yard,
large yard, fenced, garage, patio/deck, other
- How many bedrooms do I need? How many would
I like to have?
- How many bathrooms do I need? How many would
I like to have?
Although special features are less important
than the basics, most home owners have at least
a few they’re not willing to compromise
on. Find out which are must-haves for you:
- What features are important in your new house?
(air conditioning, carpeting, ceramic tile floors,
hardwood floors, eat-in kitchen, separate dining
room, formal living room, family room, den,
library, basement, separate laundry room, fireplace,
- Do I have special medical issues that require
accommodation, such as wheelchair access ramps?
- Do I have pets to consider? (fence, big yard,
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