Now that you’ve made your list and categorized your preferences and dislikes accordingly, it’s time to face reality. You are not going to get everything you want. Unless you are building a custom home based entirely off the list you’ve constructed, odds are you will be sacrificing some of these items. So set that expectation now.
If you think you’re going to give this list to your Realtor and they’re going to find a house that checks all the boxes, you’re not playing with a full deck. It’s very likely that the home you’re looking for doesn’t exist in the area you’re looking, for the price you want.
Your ultimate goal in making this list should be to get everything you need and some of the things you want, while avoiding the things you hate. If you go into your home search with that attitude you’ll have a much better experience.
Now that we identified some key items to consider when categorizing your home wants versus your home needs, you might be asking yourself if you should even hire a realtor in the first place.
So be sure to watch my video “should you hire a realtor” where I’ll be breaking down the pros and cons of having a professional real estate agent represent your interests.