Saturday, July 25, 2009

Buyers: What your Realtor wants to know

Moving to Charlotte?

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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