Shopping for a new home can be daunting. There are so many factors to consider which is why it makes sense to prepare a wish list before you start shopping.
Even with construction trends changing all the time there are many elements of a home that stay the same over time.
One important consideration is to think ahead in terms of what your needs are going to be over the years so that your home will still meet your needs. Making sure that your new home will survive the test of time involves some planning and attention.
When it’s time for you to begin your house hunting mission you may find that there are many homes available that meet your price range so how do you choose?
This is when a pre-written wish list will help you save time and energy.
One way to prepare your wish list is to take a notepad and draw three columns marked: Needs, Wants & Wishes.
The needs column will represent everything you must have such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, preferred location, price range, etc. The wants column may be such things as a large kitchen, ensuite bathroom, low maintenance yard, etc.
The wish column will likely represent aspects of your dream house such as a new home, large bedrooms, sprinkler system, updated kitchens, and bathrooms, etc.
Headings for your Home Wishlist
Here are major considerations for your wish list:
Determining your preferred neighborhoods is imperative. I have often worked with buyer’s who have found their dream home in a Neighbourhood that will not work for them. Be clear on where you want to live and try not to deviate from that.
You can ask yourself the following questions: do we like the look of the neighbourhood? Is it close to the amenities we need? What are the schools like? What are the neighbours’ homes like? Does the neighbourhood look well cared for? Is it close to work, shopping day-care, etc?
How many Bedrooms and Bathrooms do you need?
When determining this, make sure to consider your future requirements. Will you be adding to your family, or will the kids be moving away? Plan accordingly.
Design or style of House
Decide whether you want to look at condos, townhouses, or single-family homes. If it is a house, do you want single level living such as a rancher or do you want a two-level?
How big do you want the home to be?
This is where viewing different sized properties can help. It might be that you could fit into 1200 sq. feet with all your furnishings, or you might need more. Different room configurations in homes can make a big difference to how you would want to place your furniture and possessions.
Consider future needs when assessing how much home you need. Are you planning to expand your family, or do you expect to be empty nesters in a few years? This is important to consider this so that you do not buy a house that is too big or too small for your future.
Make a list of your ‘would love to have’s’.
It’s probably not realistic to expect to find a home that meets all your extras but if you take the time to write them down it will help you determine what is important to you. For example: maybe you would love to have a gas fireplace for those cozy evenings. If so, write it down.
Once you are clear on what type of home you are looking for then it is time to choose a good real estate agent to find the right home to suit your needs.