Creating your new home wish list

Before the home search begins, your real estate agent will want to know as much as possible about the features and amenities you desire. To help your agent better serve you, analyze what you want and what you need in a home’s features and amenities. 

 Location:

  • What neighborhood do you want to buy in?

  • Do you need to consider travel time to work or schools?

  • Does this neighborhood foster your lifestyle?

Features:

  • Age: Do you prefer historic properties, or newer ones?

  • Style: Do you have a special preference for ranches, bungalows, or another style of construction?

  • Bedrooms: How many?

  • Master suite?

  • 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?

  • Property Features: Size of yard? Fenced? Sprinkler System?

Amenities:

  • Office

  • Play/exercise room

  • Security system

  • Workshop/Studio

  • In-law suite

  • Fireplace

  • Pool

  • Hot tub

  • Sidewalk

  • Wooded lot

  • Patio, deck, or porch

  • Laundry room

  • View

  • Workshop

Other things to consider:

  • Do you want to build equity with doing some updating or repairs yourself?

  • What are some things that you definitely DON’T want in your new home?