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Your New Home Checklist

Your New Home Checklist

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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?

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