Finding a new home can be exciting. But deciding what you truly want and need-and can afford- can be challenging. Making these decisions begin with setting priorities among many different preferences. Most homebuyers invariably face trade-offs. Your buyer's representative can play a key role in helping you sort out your options. He or she can also offer important insights specific to your local market.
Here are many of the considerations you will want to discuss:
BASIC HOME FEATURES
*Do you prefer a single-family detached home, townhome, condominium, or other type of property?
*Desired number of bedroom and bathrooms
*Preferences regarding kitchen, dining, family rooms, etc. and preferred home layout
*High priority home features, such as kitchen appliances, fireplace, etc.
*Other types of rooms needed(e.g., a home office or hobby space)
*Storage spaces(closets, basement, an outdoor shed, etc.)
*Need for a garage or parking space
OTHER HOME PREFERENCES
*Ranch, two story, split level, etc.
*Age and style of home
*How important is energy efficiency or other green home features?
*Proximity to desirable features(such as school, hospital, exercise facility, etc.)
*Views-how important is it to find your ideal view(overlooking a park) or avoid a bad one(a busy highway)?
*Size and shape including back, front and side yards
*Landscaping considerations- need for play areas, privacy, patio space, decking, etc.
*Home orientation- is it important for your home to face a particular direction?
LIFE AT HOME
*If you will be sharing your home with children, pets, live-in parents or others, how does this impact your house preferences? Both now and in the future?
*Proximity to neighbors
*Homeowners association fees?
*How much do you want to invest in a home beyond the purchase price, either financially or in terms of sweat equity, if you can't find exactly what you want?
*Are you willing to consider other neighborhoods that provide better affordability?
*How long do you plan to live in this home? How does this impact the type of home you will buy, how much you will spend, and your choice of location?