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A Home-Buying Wish List Helps Narrow Down Your Options

by Kimberly Salvatoriello 11/22/2021


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A home-buying wish list may sound like a cathartic way to imagine a dream home that's dripping with luxury everywhere you turn, but it's really a practical way to help homeowners narrow down their options. When buyers look at too many homes, they may find that each property starts to run together. Use this tool as a means of viewing just a few homes that will meet all of your criteria. 

Questions to Ask 

Wish lists start with the answers to the following questions:

  • Would you be willing to purchase a home that's more than 10 years old? More than 70?
  •  Do you need to live near a bus or subway line?
  • Can children be driven to school or will they need to walk?
  • How much effort are you willing to put into repairs and renovations?
  • Do you need a formal dining area or can a table be placed in the kitchen?
  • Will you need to prepare for the home for those with physical disabilities?

If you're planning to host your elderly parents at some point, you may need to look for a one-story ranch for maximum accessibility. Similarly, if you're planning to have children, you may want to buy a home with carpeting to provide extra traction for unsteady feet. While a lender will have the ultimate say in how much you can afford, you have plenty of control over the home you choose within your budget. 

The Wants 

As buyers sketch out their wish list, they should separate it into the absolute deal-breakers. For example, you may prefer a full two bathrooms but you'll settle for one full plus a half bathroom. Consider how large of a yard you want, the ideal type of HVAC system, and the type of home that will work best for you Some people prefer smaller homes so they can cut back on the amount of cleaning and maintenance they have to perform. 

Room for Flexibility 

If there aren't many homes that are meeting your minimum criteria, be prepared to be a little flexible along the way. You can always install carpeting or central air if you absolutely need to. You may also need to compromise on the age of the home, which is highly encouraged as long as the home passes inspection. 

A wish list doesn't have to be the defining document for a home, but it can keep you from seeing homes that are absolutely not right for you. The more you can streamline your home buying journey, the less stressful the transition will be. 

About the Author
Author

Kimberly Salvatoriello

My commitment as your local REALTOR is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve.  I will work diligently to assist you in meeting your real estate goals. When you are an informed buyer/seller, you'll make the best decision for one of the most important purchases/sales in your lifetime. That's why my goal is to keep you informed on trends in the marketplace by using the latest statistics in your local area. Having an experienced and knowledgeable agent is now more important than ever.

Over the years I've lived in New Jersey, Florida, North Carolina, Texas and New York, so I am very familiar with relocating to a new area. I've been selling real estate since 2002 and love my job! You'll find my style is straightforward and sincere. I focus on getting you all the information you'll need to make the best decision. "Pushy" is just not in my nature. That's why many of my clients come back and happily refer their friends or family to me for all of their real estate needs.

My success is not measured by sales, but by the relationships I build along the way. Hopefully, we can build a lasting relationship together.