How about keeping a shopping list–or a wish list– handy during your house hunt? It’s easy to get sidetracked by gleaming new appliances and lose track of the essentials you were hoping for in the first place. Making a wish list ahead of time also helps you focus, and it can help your Allen Tate Realtor® by providing guidance into what matters most to you.
Here’s a sampling of topics to consider including when jotting down your list:
– What is your ideal price range?
– How many bedrooms and bathrooms would you like to have and what is the minimum you need?
– What square footage are you looking for?
– How many floors do you want?
– What’s your favorite house style? For example, do you want a one-story ranch or are you craving a unique contemporary?
– How important is outdoor space to you? Do you want a deck, patio or outdoor kitchen? How about a swimming pool?
– Interested in having a fireplace? What about a family room or finished basement? Is a separate dining room necessary?
– Do you want a yard or would you like to avoid one? How about having a view?
– Are you interested in paying for membership in a homeowners’ association?
Rating your answers on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being you don’t want it and 10 being you have to have it) may also help you determine your priorities, which will come in handy if you need to make trade-offs.
Let the list-making be a fun process as you dream about the new possibilities and think about all the goodies you’ll be looking for during your house hunt. Plus, you can feel good knowing that by doing some homework now, you will be in a stronger position come time to negotiate as you’ll have a clear head for what features are a must and what you can live without.
Phyllis Brookshire (Senior Vice President)