Similar to the list you develop to purchase groceries, why not develop your own list of needs and wants in a new home. This doesn’t mean you can not have what you want in your home, but rather, that you have a priority list of the most important features. You may not be able to obtain all the “want” items on your list, within your budget. You may have to compromise on a few items to stay in line with your budget.


Adequate square footage for comfortable living. Specific carpeting, paint, exterior color
Sufficient bedrooms for your family Pool
Sufficient bathrooms Jacuzzi
Comfortable eat-in kitchen Hardwood floors
Garage or basement for storage needs Bay windows
Backyard for children’s play area Built-in entertainment center
Easy access to school Brass lighting fixtures
A pretty view


Try finding a happy medium of NEEDS and WANTS. That is, you will want to look for a home that includes all of your needs, with as many wants as practical, while remaining within your budget. Once you have this information in hand, your needs will be clearly defined from your wants. Having this knowledge will establish a clear direction for your new home shopping.