Location, location, location
Where you buy not only affects the home’s current and future value, but it also affects your lifestyle, preferences in neighborhoods and nearby amenities. Here’s a checklist of items you should consider.
- Urban, suburban or rural
- Commute time
- School districts
- Desirable neighborhoods
- Proximity to the airport
- Proximity to restaurants and retail
- Access to major highways and thoroughfares
- Health care facilities
- Parks and recreation
- Length of time you plan to live in the home.
Creating your home wish list
Analyze what you want and what you need in a home’s features and amenities.
- Age: Do you prefer historic properties, or newer ones?
- Style: Do you have a special preference for style of construction?
- Bedrooms: How many?
- Bathrooms: How many? Are they updated?
- Living and Dining Areas: A traditional, formal layout, or a more open, contemporary plan?
- Stories: How many?
- Square feet: How much space?
- Ceilings: How high?
- Kitchen: How big? Recently updated? Open to other living areas?
- Storage: Big closets, an extra-large garage?
- Parking: Room for how many cars?
- Extras: Attic or finished basement?
- Play/exercise room
- Home theatre
- Security system
- Sprinkler system
- In-law suite
- Gated Community
- Riverview/golf course lot
- Patio, deck, or porch