Defining Your Ideal Home
- Why do you want to move? Young families with children may want more bedrooms and maybe a big back yard. Retired empty-nesters may prefer a low-maintenance condo or townhouse.
- Think about what you like – and dislike – about your current home. What about your friends’ homes? The home where you grew up? The houses you see on television? Spend some time thinking – and talking with your family – about your likes and dislikes in a home.
Some Factors to Consider:
Kitchen: Big or small, eat-in or with separate dining room, gas or electric?
Bedrooms: How many do you need and want? What would you do with an
extra one (office, craft room, etc.)?
Bathrooms: Again, how many do you need or want? Do you want spa-style luxury, no-frills functionality or something in between?
Family / living / game rooms: How do you want to spend your time at home?
Attics / basements / closets: Everyone needs a place for their stuff, and just about everyone will have more stuff in the future than they do right now. Attics and basements add a huge amount of storage space for items you don’t need on a regular basis (camping equipment, out-of-season clothes, bulky tools). Closets handle the items you need every day. How much space do you need?
Garage: Do you want an enclosed garage, or is a carport fine for your lifestyle? Should the garage be attached or separate from the house? How big a garage or carport do you need?
Stairs: Do you want your home to be all on one level, or split between two floors?
Extras: Are you a pushover for hardwood floors, bay windows or other special features?
Architectural style: What look do you want to see when you come home? Do you prefer Victorian charm, brick ranchers or something in between?
Materials: Brick or siding? Brick doesn’t need painting, but repairs can be more costly.
Land: Do you want a yard? How much yard? What about trees or landscaping? Would you want to do (or hire someone else to do) the work to maintain a big yard?
Outdoor living: Do you need a patio or deck? Play area for kids? What about a screened porch?
Traffic: Do you want to be at the end of a sleepy cul-de-sac, or near where the action is? Do you want to live in a subdivision or on a city street? In a gated community, or in the country?
Driveway: Do you prefer a straight or curved driveway? If you entertain regularly, how much parking do you need?