What criteria are you looking for in a home?
When you are ready to start looking at homes, you and your agent will go through all of the homes offered for sale in your neighborhood in your price range. From the list, and there could be many, you’ll select the homes that meet the criteria you need and want in a home. Some things to consider are:
- How many bedrooms do you want?
- How many bathrooms do you want?
- What’s your preference in terms of outdoor space? Do you want a backyard, a garden, a lawn, a patio, a deck?
- Do you want a garage?
- Do you want a basement? Do you want a finished basement?
- What room sizes are you comfortable with?
- What floor plans or styles of homes do you like? Do you like split level homes, colonial homes, ranch homes, bi-levels, Tudors, Victorians, expanded ranch, Cape Cod or contemporary homes?
- How much storage space is essential to you?
- What upgrades are you looking for – gourmet kitchens, hardwood floors, granite countertops, and skylights?
- Do you want a swimming pool?
- Are you comfortable with a fixer-upper?
You’ll probably be able to take a list of all of the homes in your neighborhood in your price range and then narrow it down to a few that appeal to you based upon these characteristics. Finally, your agent will schedule times for you to see each home on your list!
On your first showing day, you may find yourself getting confused by all the possibilities. Your agent will help you by pointing out the comparisons between the homes and helping you to see the home’s best features.
It often helps to keep a record of the homes that you’ve seen, their location, list price, and features that you love and don’t love about each home.
Buying a home is a financial decision and a business decision, but it’s also a very emotional decision. It might take two or three or even more showing days to find the right home for you and your family. If you are exceptionally clear about the criteria that you want and don’t want in a home, your agent will be able to help you find the right home more quickly.