Decisions, decisions, decisions. But do you really know what you’re looking for!?
House hunting is super fun, but it can also be a little overwhelming. After-all it is likely the largest purchase of your life!
Throughout the process of finding our home I made a check list for each and every house. Side Note: If you know me you know I have a check list for everything or a spreadsheet, or both… In fact, I even carried a little note pad with me during the house tours so I could jot things down as I saw them. Even though you can take some pictures and go back to the online listing it becomes difficult to remember if you thought the secondary bathroom in any given house was amazing, needed some love or was down right terrible. Believe me, you are going to be thankful you took notes!
Keeping a list of our “must have” and our “nice to have” elements was incredibly handy. When we were touring houses it was easy to forget that I really wanted to live somewhere that I could easily go for a walk or that I didn’t want to live without a proper front entrance and closet. It was easy to get swept up in the feel of a new house, see everything it had to offer and forget about the little things that were on my “I can’t live without” list. What is important to me might not be all that important to you, so it is crucial (in my opinion anyway) to really sit down and think about what YOU want. I have left space in my checklist for you to fill in your own items, but in case you would like some inspiration, here is what my list looked like:
Things I can’t live without:
- Front entrance with closet
- Location (street) good for walking
- 3 bedrooms (minimum)
- Low maintenance yard
- Ample storage
Things I would love:
- Paved Driveway
- Air Conditioning
- Extra living space for a “play room”
- Ensuite bathroom
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After you get through all the things you can’t live without and the things you would love make sure to have a very good look at the general condition of the house. In my case just because a house has an entrance wouldn’t make it the house if it didn’t have a good foundation, roof, etc. So although you have your list, don’t forget the really important things!
And now, for what it’s worth I am going to lend you some advice when you are house hunting… Keep an open mind and really get the feeling of the house. Imagine yourself at Christmas, imagine having a family dinner and most of all imagine sitting on the couch relaxing with a glass of wine. If the space doesn’t feel right or you can’t picture yourself being you – move on to the next spot no matter how many check marks the house has.
My shoes for that: Charlie’s favourite dress shoes from Boston Shoe Company
Charlie and I had so much fun working together we decided “why stop once the house closed ?”- a special thank you for sponsoring this post and helping me share my story with other home buyers. As always, all opinions are entirely my own.