Buying a home can be an exciting and emotional time. To ensure you get the right house based on what you really need and don't get caught in the moment, I recommend creating your "Wish List." This is a list of features you desire most. For example, you might want an extra bedroom for guests, an attached garage, to be in a certain school district, or have a south facing back yard. Realistically, it's anything and everything that is important to you and your lifestyle.
When making your wish list, make it a complete list. A complete list helps you make a better decision about which homes to consider and the priorities that matter most.
Here are some wish list items to consider:
- Distances to places you visit regualarly - work, schools, parks, grocery stores, walking trails.
- Specific Home Features - number of bedrooms, laundry location, kitchen counter space, number of bathrooms, ensuite with a separate shower...etc
- Neighborhood characteristics - Playgrounds, rental units, sidewalks, busing routes, future development plans...
Once you have your detailed list, prioritize those items that matter most to the ones that you could live without. Ultimately it will make it easier to shortlist homes, compare them, and determine when you're ready to submit an offer. You might not be able to find a home that includes everything you desire, but you may be surprised by just how close you can get.
If you want to find out which homes on the market fit your wish list, call me today.
Mark Kozak - Real Estate Associate