Before your home search begins, your real estate agent will want to know as much as possible about what you are looking for in a new home. Being as specific as possible saves both you and the Realtor time, and brings you to your new home faster.
To help your Realtor find a selection of great options, you should begin a list or what you would like, and then what you need. Here are some features to consider:
Exterior of home - Do you want a brick house, or vinyl siding? Do you have a preference on what the front yard looks like?
Type of property - Are you looking for a house, condominium, or town home?
Age of property - Are you looking for an stately Victorian home or new construction?
Architectural style - Do you want a modern home or an older one?
Number of stories - Is a ranch your style, or do you need an upstairs in your dream home?
Type of foundation - Have you got a preference on a slab foundation or basement?
Roof construction - Do you love architectural tiles or is a standard shingle?
Lot size and/or location - Are you a 3-acre in the woods kind of person, or will a quarter acre in a neighborhood suit you?
Landscape preferences - Do you care if there is fencing or a built-in sprinkler system? Do you like established shrubbery or would you like to plant your own landscaping?
Pool - Do you want to relax by the pool on those hot summer days, or does the idea of having to do maintenance on a pool exhaust you?
Garage or carport - Do you want a garage, a 2 car garage, a 3 car garage? Or are you ok with parking on the driveway or street?
Number of bedrooms - What is your minimum bedroom number?
Number of bathrooms - What is your minimum bathroom number?
Minimum square feet - How much space do you need?
Central air/heat - Do you like you AC? You will need it here in Charlotte!
Wiring - Do you have a preference on wiring?
Appliances - Do you prefer electrical or gas appliances?
Security system - Do you need a home with a security system? Is this something you would have installed?
Basement/attic - Do you need extra storage? Do you like the idea of having a basement?
Fireplace - Do you want a fireplace? Do you prefer gas or wood?
Kitchen amenities - Are marble counter tops a must?
Formal dining room - Do you entertain? Is a formal dining room a necessity?
Home office - Do you work from home or do you need a space to work?
Laundry room - Do you need or just want a laundry room? Would you like it on the first floor? Basement? Upstairs?
Flooring - Can you live with linoleum or do you need tile. Do you want hardwoods throughout?
How much renovation would you be willing to do? - Is a fixer-upper a good fit, or do you need move-in ready?
Do you have any special needs? - Will you need a ramp for wheelchair access or lowered counters and railings? Is there anything that you need to make your home livable for you and your family?
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