In Part 1, we talked about general questions that a home buyer of Alameda homes, or Alameda Bay Farm Island homes might ask themselves as they begin their search for their new house.  In Part 2, I am going to give you a suggested checklist of items that you might want to use to narrow your search more effectively.  As mentioned yesterday, the sooner you locate your ideal property, the sooner we can move ahead as a team to fine your special place.

Here are some suggested questions for a working checklist. Take this with you as you begin to view potential homes.

A. What Kind Of Home Do You Want?  Here are some items to consider:

1. Is there a special style of home that appeals to you?

2. How many bedrooms and bathrooms will you need?

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

4. How important is the size of your yard, or do you want a yard at all?

5. What are your children's most important requirements? 

6. How close do you want to be to your neighbors?

7. Do you have pets?  What will be their needs?

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

9. Is there a special style of home that appeals to you?

B. What Are Your Interior Requirements?

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

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

3. Do you want a patio or deck?

4. Do you want a finished basement or attic?

5. Do you want a master bedroom/bath combination?

6. How important is wall to wall carpeting?  Hardwood floors?

7. What kind of views would you prefer?

C. Putting It All Together--After reviewing all of the items in the list above, consider the following:

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

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

3. 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 flexible about?

In summary, using these guidelines, together we can put together a plan that will save you both time, money and energy in searching for your new home.




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