Finding the perfect home is anything but easy. Even with a lot of homes on the market, getting everything you want can be tricky. Finding the right home is going to be even more difficult if you don’t know what you want. Most home buyers have a general idea, but there are a lot of options, so building up and paring down your wish list can help narrow your search, save your time and get the right house for you.
Before you start your house hunt, take a few minutes to ask yourself the following questions:
- Location, location, location! Where do you want to live? What part of the country or part of town is your ideal location?
- Do you want to be near public transportation, parks, schools, shopping?
- What’s the most you are willing to pay for a house?
- What’s the least you want to pay for a house?
- How much square footage do you want to live in?
- Do you want old world charm or new build conveniences?
- How much renovation are you willing to do–a lot, a little or none?
- Do you have pets; where will they be most comfortable?
- Interior: Must have, want to have or hate it?
- Air conditioning
- Hardwood floors
- Formal living or dining room
- Eat-in kitchen
- Interior steps
- Lots of natural light
- Exterior: Must have or want to have?
- Big yard
- Extra parking
- Outdoor storage
- Scenic views
- Outer buildings
Answering these questions will help you avoid walking through multiple houses that won’t interest you. It might also help you realize you should be looking at homes you would have otherwise ruled out.
Shopping for your first home or a new home can be overwhelming. Understanding what you need, what you want and what you’d like to avoid will help you find the right house with less looking by focusing only on the houses that meet your needs.