Make Your List and Check It Twice!
Before the home search begins, Nancy will want to know as much as possible about the features and amenities you desire. To help her serve you better, analyze what you want and what you need in a home’s features.
Make your Priority List. Decide on what you can’t live without (Must Have) and what you would classify as ‘Would Like to Have’ but are not a ‘deal breaker.’
Here are some features and amenities to consider:
Do you want to be in the country, a suburb, or rural area?
Is commuting important? How long of a commute do you want? Do you have a preference on what mode of transportation?
What type of school district are you looking for? Would you consider private school if the district is not to your liking?
Is proximity to a major airport a consideration?
Do you like being close to restaurants, shopping, and other amenities?
Do you need any special religious considerations?
Do you want easy access to major highways and thoroughfares?
Is access to public transportation important?
Do you need to be near hospitals, or other health care facilities
How important are parks, recreational facilities to you
Nancy can assist you with deciding on THREE (3) municipalities that would fit your criteria and your finances, taking into account your pre-approval amount and the amount of your down payment. You may want to live in a town with a train, a top ranked school district, near restaurants and shopping, with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths…however, you may not be able to find any homes in that municipality because the homes are priced higher than what you can afford.
Age: Do you prefer historic properties, or newer ones?
Style: Do you have a special preference for colonials, Victorians, ranches, bungalows, or another style of construction?
Updated: Do you want your home ‘move in ready’ with everything updated or are you willing to update certain rooms yourself?
Bedrooms: How many do you need as a bare minimum?
Bathrooms: How many do you need as a bare minimum? Do they have to be updated?
Living and Dining Areas: A traditional, formal layout, or a more open, contemporary plan? Do you require a formal dining room?
Stories: How many do your prefer? Do you want one floor living?
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? Does it have to be finished?
Are any of these on your Must Have list or are they Would Like to Have?
Backyard with Lawn Area
Patio, deck, or porch
Laundry room on First Floor