The “must haves” and “nice to haves.”

Finding a home that truly reflects your personal needs is as simple as creating a list of “must haves” and “nice to haves.” This list will help focus your efforts and the efforts of your real estate agent before you even begin your search.

BEGIN WITH THE BASICS

Deciding on the location, or locations, where you will focus your search should be your first priority. To determine potential locations, consider the following list of options:

FEATURE NEED TO HAVE NICE TO HAVE NOT IMPORTANT
NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD
ESTABLISHED COMMUNITY
CLOSE TO WHERE I WORK
ACCESS TO MAJOR HIGHWAYS
CLOSE TO SCHOOLS
CLOSE TO PARKS & PLAYGROUNDS
IN THE CITY
IN THE SUBURBS
STYLE OF HOME

Next, consider what style of home you would prefer: a single-family dwelling, a townhouse, or a condo. Some neighbourhoods offer a good mix of each style while others are more focused on just one type of home.

THE EXTERIOR

First you need to decide what is important to you when it comes to the exterior of your home. Below is a list to help you prioritize what you would like.

FEATURE NEED TO HAVE NICE TO HAVE NOT IMPORTANT
LARGE LOT
MATURE LOT
LANDSCAPED YARD
PRIVATE YARD
GARAGE OR CARPORT
DECK OR PATIO
SWIMMING POOL
VIEW
NEW WINDOWS
NEW GARAGE DOORS
NEW ROOF
BRICK
SIDING
THE INTERIOR

You’ve decided on what your exterior needs are, now what about the interior? Do you want a master bedroom with an ensuite? A main floor den? Would you be most comfortable with a house that is in move-in condition, or would you be willing to do a little bit of work on a fixer upper for a reduced price?

It’s important to make a list of everything you could possibly want, and then determine how important each item is. Below is a suggested list to help you with this task.

FEATURE NEED TO HAVE NICE TO HAVE NOT IMPORTANT
# OF BEDROOMS
# OF BATHROOMS
MASTER BEDROOM WITH ENSUITE
DINING ROOM
LIVING ROOM
MAIN FLOOR FAMILY ROOM
DEN/OFFICE
WOOD FLOORS
EAT-IN-KITCHEN
UPDATED KITCHEN
UPDATED BATHROOMS
IN-HOME GYM
FIREPLACE
UNFINISHED BASEMENT
FINISHED BASEMENT
INLAW SUITE
RENTAL SUITE
STORAGE SPACE
CENTRAL VAC
SECURITY SYSTEM
NEW FURNACE
UPDATED WIRING
UPDATED PLUMBING
MOVE-IN CONDITION

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