Prioritizing Your Needs List

September 9, 2013

Most people only have a vague idea of what they’re looking for in their dream home. By making a concrete list of features and amenities you’re looking for, you can make the process of a home search more efficient and expedient. Make a list of specific features you’re looking for. This list should include criteria like a deck, a two-car garage, a spacious kitchen, number of desired rooms, number of bathrooms and exterior features or structures, such as a barn, a pool or a freestanding storm shelter. Once you have a specific list of what you’re looking for, prioritize that list to have a guideline for what you’re willing to compromise and what feature you simply won’t be able to live without.

Related: Full or Partial Water View

By knowing that you’re not willing to buy a home without an acre of attached land, your Realtor® won’t waste time showing you homes with less acreage than you want, ensuring that someone else isn’t snapping up your perfect match while you’re looking at an “almost-but-not-quite” option. The more specific your list, the better your Realtor® will be able to weed out the homes that don’t match what you’re looking for, saving precious time by only showing you the houses that meet your requirements and might well be your “dream home”. 

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