Your New Home Checklist
Posted by: Sierra Troitsky on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 6:00:00 am
You may be just starting to think of moving or in the process of looking for your perfect home with a local REALTOR®. To make sure you get exactly what you are looking for, ask yourself the following questions:
What’s working for you — and what’s not?
- On a scale of 1-10, how do you like your current home?
- What’s your home’s best quality?
- And its worst quality?
- Do you like the style of your home? If not, is there an architectural style or era you prefer?
- What’s your favorite room, and what makes spending time there pleasurable?
Space and flow: How do you feel when you’re at home?
- Do you have enough space or too much? Where could you use more/less space?
- How would you describe the layout — an open floor plan or more compartmentalized? Does it suit your lifestyle?
- Do you have enough or too many bedrooms? Bathrooms?
- Do you like the number of levels (single or multistory)?
- Are you happy with the windows (enough natural light, well-placed, too sunny)?
- Do you like the fixtures and finishes?
- Is there a specialized room you’ve never had but have always wanted (such as a home office, workout room, sewing room, laundry room or mudroom)?
What’s outside — and how does it affect your experience of home?
- If you have an outdoor space, do you enjoy spending time there?
- If you don’t have one, do you feel like you’re missing out?
- Do you enjoy taking care of a yard… or feel burdened by it (be honest!)?
- Does your home have curb appeal? If not, what needs to be improved?
- Do you have adequate parking? Is a garage or carport a must-have?
- How much time and effort does the exterior require for upkeep (painting, staining, etc.)?
Your neighborhood: Community connections can make life all the sweeter
- Are you happy with your neighborhood? Think about all its characteristics, including walkability, parks, nearby activities, density, noise level and neighbor involvement.
- Do you have to travel far for basics such as groceries or a doctor’s appointment?
- Are you happy with your commute?
- Are there enough activities going on around you — or too many?