Narrowing Down Your Home Search - What's On Your Must Have List?

Posted by Andrew Arroyo on Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 4:04pm.

One of the most important things you can do to streamline your home search is to make two lists: One that lists the features you must have and one that lists the features that would be nice to have, but aren't deal breakers.

Please use the attached “home buyer checklist” to get yourself thinking about what is and isn't important in your new home. If there are features you really need or want that are not on the list, write them in.

Using your “must have” list, I can eliminate homes that clearly do not fit your needs. For instance, if you need 4 bedrooms and a home only has 2 bedrooms, it will be eliminated from the list. Likewise, if your life will be sour without room for a vegetable garden, we will eliminate condos and homes with postage-stamp yards.

After we’ve eliminated the choices that do not fit your needs, we will be left with a list of possibilities that match your “must have” list. From this list, we can focus on the homes that include many of the items from your “nice to have” list.

Once we begin viewing homes together, I can further refine the search by paying attention to your reactions to the details in each home. I might learn that you love an open floor plan or that it is important to you to be able to shut the door on the kitchen when you sit down to dinner. I might learn that what you would really like is his and hers closets or that having a cathedral ceiling over the living room would make you feel like royalty – or make you worry about your heating bill. These small details will help me further narrow the home choices, so I can find you your San Diego dream home

Paying attention, sorting through the listings, and saving you time is one of my functions as a buyer’s agent.

P.S. This checklist also comes in handy when evaluating the homes we see together- I'll bring extras!

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