House Hunting
It is important to know your needs vs. wants? There are many things to consider when buying a home. Do you need a family home, an investment property, a weekend home, moving up, a “fixer upper”, upsizing, downsizing, new construction or are you trying to accommodate an elderly parent? Communicating and understanding your needs is a critical process of finding you the perfect home.

Here are some things to consider:

Type of home:
  • Single family residence
  • Condominium
  • Townhome
  • Garden home
  • New construction
Number of bedrooms with:
  • Main level master bedroom
  • All bedrooms on upstairs
  • Separate guest accommodations

Number of bathrooms with:
  • Double or single vanities
  • Separate shower and bath or combo
  • Dressing area
  • Office or nursery attached to bedroom
  • Area amenities
  • Close to downtown
  • Schools and universities
  • Near your work
  • Close or away from highways
  • Public transit
Additional rooms:
  • Great room
  • Office/Study
  • Game room
  • Formal dining
  • Media room
  • Formal living
  • Mud/ laundry room
  • Counter tops
  • Appliances
  • Breakfast area/bar
  • Pantry
Exterior of home:
  • Stone
  • Stucco
  • Brick
  • Wood
  • Siding
Style of home:
  • Traditional
  • Ranch
  • Mediterranean
  • Victorian
  • Colonial
Condition of home:
  • Well maintained
  • Needs minor updating
  • Lots of TLC
  • Fixer upper
Other features:
  • Fireplace
  • Swimming pool
  • Wood floors
  • Patio/Deck
  • Sprinkler system
  • Fenced yard
  • View
  • High ceilings
  • Screened in porch
  • Tennis/Sports court
  • Waterfront

Now that you are ready to go look at houses with your agent, here are some use tips to get the most out of your trips.
  • Wear appropriate and comfortable clothing. (Flip-flops and shorts may not be appropriate for walking a 20 acre ranch. Thorns, snakes, scorpions, chiggers, and mosquitoes can make for an unpleasant experience.)
  • Bring a notepad and measuring tape. Your agent should have them, but it never hurts to be prepared.
  • Plan to spend about 30 minutes at each house. The right one will take longer, but you’ll know the wrong one almost instantly.
  • Don’t try and see more than 6 to 8 houses in a day. Anything more than that will be unproductive and all of the details will start to run together.
  • The average buyer sees about 20 to 30 homes before finding “The One”. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find it on your first trip out.
  • Give your agent lots of feedback. This will help them narrow down the list for you and avoid wasting time seeing homes that won’t work for you.
  • Ask lots of questions. If the agent doesn’t know the answer, they can usually find it out quickly.
  • Relax and have fun.