7 April 2018
Category: Buyers
7 April 2018,

What is Important to You in a Home?

A home is more than just a collection of bedrooms and bathrooms. Several properties — each with four bedrooms, three baths, and the same price — may well represent radically different designs, commuting distances, lot sizes, tax costs, interior dimensions, and exterior finishes. So what is important to YOU in a home.

This is soul searching time. You need to decide what is important to you in a home.

Each of us is different and so it’s important to list the features and benefits you want in a home. Consider such things as pricing, location, size, amenities (extras such as a pool or extra-large kitchen) and design (one floor or two, colonial or modern, etc.).

Next, it’s important to consider your priorities. If you can’t get a home at your price with all the features you want, then what features are most important? For instance, would you trade fewer bedrooms for a larger kitchen? A longer commute for a bigger lot and lower cost?  Once again really think…what is important to you in a home.

Lastly, consider your needs in several years. If you’ll need a larger home, maybe now is the time to buy a bigger house rather than moving or expanding in the future. If you expect your income to increase, perhaps you should consider a more expensive home financed with a loan program where monthly payments increase in the future.

Buying a house brings up many questions and ideas of what is important.  My checklist of questions should help you think thru your wish list.


  • How long do you plan to live there?  The longer you plan to stay, the more life changes you’ll need to plan for.
  • Do you have or plan to have kids?  Consider schools, bedrooms, playroom, yard size, parks.
  • Want a fixer?  Do you have the time, money, commitment and skill to see it through?
  • Is a new home or older home best for you?
  • Do you need to be near public transportation? The Freeway?
  • Will you like or dislike having a Homeowners Association?
  • How long will your commute to work be?
  • Do you need to be near a park?
  • Is a community pool important to you?


  • Will parking for guests be necessary?
  • Is a garage a must? How many parking spaces?
  • Do you want a RV gate and a place to park a boat or camper?
  • What are HOA rules about RV gates and guest parking
  • Need a large yard or will maintenance overwhelm you?
  • Is a pool or hot tub a plus or a minus?
  • What home styles are ideal and which are a definite “no”?
  • If you need a fenced yard, can you afford to build one?
  • Is a lot of landscaping or gardening good or bad?
  • Do you prefer desert landscaping or grass?


  • Do you like or dislike basements?
  • How many bedrooms/den/office space you’ll need?
  • Are there floor plans or styles that you dislike?
  • Do you like a great room or prefer several rooms
  • How many bathrooms will you need over the time you’ll own the home?  Consider kids, roommates and overnight visitors.
  • Can you afford to do cosmetic work such as carpet and paint?
  • Do you like or dislike a wood stove or fireplace?

Now that you have an idea what things you want…..what do you need? Next we will look at wants vs needs.

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