Dream Home Checklist ~ Lisa LaBelle
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The Dream Home Checklist 

These six items will help you prioritize the features, elements, and amenities you’re looking for in your new home.

1. Price: 

Knowing ahead of time how much you can afford and that you are PRE-APPROVED from a lender enables us to narrow down the market of homes.

2. Type of property: 

Are you looking for a house, town home, condo, co-op, or multi-unit home?

3. Condition of property: 

New or old? How much sweat equity do you want to put into the property? Do you want to pay a little less and invest time and money to improve the house yourself, or do you want to buy a house that’s ready to move into?

4. Must-haves:

The must-have is essential in your new home. For example: “We have a newborn baby, so we must have a two-bedroom house.”

Bedrooms:

Bathrooms:

Square Footage:

Garage Spaces:

Central Heating and Air:

Kitchen:

Gourmet:

Eat-in:

Balcony:

Backyard:

5. Nice-to-haves:

A nice-to-have may get nixed out of the mix if price becomes an issue. For example: “We have a newborn baby, so we would like to have a three-bedroom house to have an extra room for guests or for a home office.” That third bedroom is not a must-have and you could (or may have to) live without it to get into a house you can afford.

Home Office Space:

Number of Stories:

Architectural Style:

Lot Size:

Pool:

Garden:

Space for Children to Play: Finished Basement or Attic:

Hardwood Floors:

Fireplace:

Determining nice-to-haves vs. should-haves 

Knowing your must-haves vs. should-haves is a key element to house shopping. It will help us sort through all the properties on the market quickly and easily, helping us focus on those that are in your price range and worth your time and energy to view and inspect.

6. Location: 

If you’re like most home buyers, you have a basic idea of where you want to live. Proximity to family, friends and/or work plays a significant part in where you ultimately want to put down roots. However, there is a lot of leeway – neighborhoods within the same distance often vary quite a lot.