When it comes time to seriously consider buying a Piedmont or Oakland home, there are so many elements that you will want to consider, since this will be your family's home for quite a while.  You will want to be comfortable in your final choice.  In recent blogs, we have considered how to qualify financially to purchase your home.  But your home has to qualify in for you in so many other ways. As with financial prequalifying, it is important that you analyze your requirements for your new home, so you don't waste time viewing homes that will not, in the long run, meet your needs.  

So, while some of these questions may seem obvious, the answers to them may surprise you when you sit down with your family to get a consensus for their next home:

1. Your Overall Home Design Requirements:

a. Where, specifically, do you want to live.?  Which neighborhood will fit your needs?

b. What style of home appeals to you?  Do you want Spanish, Tudor, Arts & Craft, Ranch or..?

c. How many bedrooms will you need?  How many bathrooms?  What's the minium amount on each?

c. Do you want a one-story or two-story home?  

d. How important is the size of the yard?  Do you want a yard at all?  What uses will you need it for?

e. What are your childrens' most important requirements in a new home?

f. How close do you want to be to your neighbors? How much privacy is important?

g. Do you have pets?  What are their needs?

h. What kind of storage or garage space is important?

2. What Are Your Interior Requirements?

a. Do you want a formal living room and dining room?

b. Do you want a family room and/or a large kitchen?

c. Do you want a patio deck or pool?  A hot tub or sauna?

d. Do you want a finished basement or attic? How much storage space are you going to need?

e. Do you want a master bedroom/bath arrangement?  

f. How important is wall to wall carpeting or hardwood floors?  Which would you prefer?

f. What kind of views would you require?  How important are views to you? 

3. Putting It All Together--After reviewing all of these items above, consider the following:

a. What special needs are your highest priority--the must haves?  The cannot change items?

b. Will you be willing to take an older home with a lower price, or will you just consider new homes?

c. How much repair and renovation would you be willing to do?

d. What financial resources can you draw upon to step up to your ideals?

e. What items are you willing to be the most flexible about?  What will you drop, if needed?

In summary, together, we can put together a plan that will save you both time, money and energy in the search for your new home.  We can focus on homes that meet your standards, and get you into that new home sooner, rather than later, once your are ready to move ahead. 



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