How to Find the Features You Prefer in a Home

If you’re planning to move in the near future, you probably have an idea of the features that work for you and those that don’t, especially if you’ve lived in your current residence for any length of time.

For instance, the stairs you climb multiple times a day may have been great when you were younger, but now you think a stair-free home is the way to go. Or perhaps the yard you thought you didn’t need is now a deal-breaker if there isn’t a decent one. 

In the paragraphs below, we’ve come up with an easy way to create a checklist of sorts that will help you determine what features you love in your current abode and what features you’d love to have in your new one. 

What Works and What Doesn’t

This section of the checklist gets you thinking about your current home and what makes you happy – or not so much so – about it. 

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your current home? What do you feel are your home’s best and worst qualities? Does its style reflect your personality, or do you prefer something architecturally different or from a different era? Do you have a favorite room in your current home? What makes it so pleasurable to be in? 

Amount of Space

This section of your checklist focuses on the amount of space your current home has and how you feel about it. 

Do you have enough space in your current home or is there too much? Does the floorplan suit your lifestyle? What about the bedrooms? Are there enough, or do you need more? Perhaps there’s a special room you’ve never had before, such as a home office, that you’d really like in your new home. 

Are you happy with the number of levels in your home and are there enough windows for your taste? 

Outdoor Spaces

The outside of your home is just as important as the home itself. 

In your current home, do you have an outdoor space you enjoy spending time in? If not, do you feel you’d like one in your new place? Do you like yard work or consider it a chore you’d rather not spend a great deal of time doing? What about a garage? Do you have one or wish you did? 

In your new home, how much time are you willing to devote to exterior maintenance such as painting, staining, etc.? 

The Neighborhood and Surrounding Community

Having good neighbors can make living in your dream home all the better, so don’t ignore this important aspect when searching for the perfect home. Furthermore, conveniences such as being close to work or entertainment are a must for some people, while peace, quiet, and privacy are top of the list for others. 

When it comes to the neighborhood, how walkable is it? Is neighbor involvement something you like or something you shy away from? How important is it that your new home be close to things like grocery stores and restaurants? How close is it to your job? 

Moving into a new home is exciting and overwhelming at the same time. By creating a checklist that answers all the questions posed above, you can help make sure you find the home that’s going to fit your needs and your personality the best.