Defining Your Ideal Home

  1. 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.
  2. 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?

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