More than simply knowing how many bedrooms and bathrooms you want in a house are the real nitty-gritty questions such as what do you want the house to look like, the size of the house and lot, and other details. We want to ask the serious and usually not thought of questions when it comes to finding the perfect house. Use this checklist when figuring out exactly what type of house you’re looking for.
What city do I want to live in?
What community do I want to live in?
Do I want a community that’s gated?
Do I want to live near a golf course?
Do I want to live on the beach side or the Intracoastal Waterway side or away from the water altogether?
Do I want to be in a particular school district and even more detailed, do you want to be within a certain school zone?
Do you want to be on a certain bus route or close to a transit station?
How far away do you want to be from your job? Commute time?
How far do you want to be from the nearest Starbucks, church, grocery store, or restaurant?
Do you want a fenced backyard?
Do you want a low maintenance yard?
Do you want to live within a homeowners association?
Do you want to townhouse, condo, or single-family house?
How much yard do you want to maintain?
How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need for the size of your family?
Will your lifestyle change over the next five years? Kids moving out, aging parents moving in, planning on growing your family etc.?
Do you want stairs in your house?
Do you need a home office?
Do you want to family room or is one living room enough?
Do you want a backyard swimming pool or hot tub? Do you understand the maintenance required for this type of house?
How close to your neighbors do you want to be?
Do you want a home with a view?
Do you want hardwood floors or carpet?
Do you want the laundry room close to the bedrooms?
How big of kitchen do you want for your needs?
Do you entertain a lot?
Do you want an outdoor living area or outdoor kitchen?
Do you want a home with a deck?
Do you want the home to be accessible for multiple areas? Meaning do you want to be able to access the house via screen door, garage door, or separate entrance?
Do you want to garage? Two-car? Three-car?
Do you want space for additional parking such as RV parking?
Do you plan on staying in the home for a long time or do you plan on eventually renting it out for cash flow income?
Are there enough windows in the house?
Are there enough outlets in the house?
It’s important to think about your lifestyle and what you prefer now so that we can find a house exactly suited for you. If you print this blog post out and answer these questions, we can narrow down the search tremendously to find you exactly the type of house you’re looking for. Of course, the perfect house that fits all your requirements may not be available currently, but these are things to talk through. Would you be willing to sacrifice being in a specific school zone if the house has everything else you’re looking for?
There are some things that are definitely deal breakers and other things that can be tolerated. We want to find the right home for you so by answering these questions, we get a better idea of what it is you’re looking for so that you are a satisfied homebuyer. If you answer these questions and you’d like to find your perfect home, give us a call today or simply contact us through our website and will be in touch with you very shortly.