Communities

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.
Features:

  • 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?

Amenities:

  • Office
  • Play/exercise room
  • Home theatre
  • Security system
  • Sprinkler system
  • Workshop/Studio
  • In-law suite
  • Fireplace
  • Pool/Spa
  • Gated Community
  • Riverview/golf course lot
  • Patio, deck, or porch