What features should I consider when buying a home?

Looking to purchase your first home?  Investment property?  Need an upgrade?  As an experienced buyer’s agent, I am here to help!

When beginning your home search, it’s important to consider your wants and your needs.  I recommend creating a wish list with two categories – MUST HAVES and I WANT.  

What features should I consider when buying a home?

  • How many bedrooms do I need?
  • What is the minimum number of baths I would consider?
  • featuresWhere is the best location for me?
  • Is there a specific home style I’m looking for – condominium, townhouse, single family?
  • How many stories?
  • Do I need a neighborhood with a homeowner’s association?  Pool?
  • What is the ideal age of the home?
  • Type of yard, including privacy, size, fence, etc…?
  • Do you have any specific needs, i.e. handicap accessibility?
  • Does it have to have a garage?  Attached/detached?  How many spaces?
  • Will I consider a flood zone?

With your wants and needs down, a Realtor can help you determine the best homes available that meet your needs.  Although there are many search tools available such as Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com, they’re not always 100% accurate.  The best resource out there is an agent!

Hampton Roads Real-e-statement is written by Alyssa Godwin, a Realtor with Liz Moore and Associates. For questions regarding buying or selling contact Alyssa at 757-329-6161 or alyssagodwin@lizmoore.com. You can also find Alyssa on Facebook or on the web at www.lizmoore.com/alyssagodwin.