Home Criteria


What’s important to you in a home?

When you are ready to move, it is important to consider what you like and dislike about your current home and compile a wish list of all the characteristics you want in your next home — both practical details and cosmetic features. These characteristics should reflect your current lifestyle as well as your plans for the future. Your list should include specific and general features that are important to you in your home and neighbourhood.

Take your time with this. The more thorough and detailed your list is, the more relevant information we can gather for you, the more focused your search will be, and the better the properties we can show you given your price range and the current market conditions.

Items to Consider:


  • How long do you plan to live there?  The longer you plan to stay, the more life changes you’ll need to plan for. Finding a home with space to convert to living areas such as an attic or basement may solve future needs.
  • Do you want to be in a certain area?
  • Do you have or plan to have kids?  Consider schools, bedrooms, playroom, yard size, parks, parking, walk score.
  • Want a fixer-upper? Do you have the time, money & commitment to see it through?
  • Is a new home or older home best for you?
  • Do you need to be near public transportation?
  • Will you like or dislike having a Homeowners Association?


  • Is a garage a must?
  • How much parking do you need? Will parking for guests be necessary?
  • Do you need a large yard or will maintenance overwhelm you?
  • Is a pool or hot tub a plus or a minus?
  • What home styles are ideal and which are a definite “no”?
  • If you need a fenced yard, can you afford to build one?
  • Is a lot of landscaping or gardening good or bad?
  • Do you need a patio or deck?
  • Do you need fencing and can you afford to build it if it doesn’t exist?


  • Are there floorplans or styles that you dislike?
  • How many bedrooms/den/office space you’ll need?
  • How many bathrooms will you need over the time you’ll own the home?  Consider kids, roommates and overnight visitors.
  • How much time do you spend in your kitchen? Do you need an eating nook and a separate dining room?
  • Do you like or dislike basements?
  • Can you afford to do cosmetic work such as carpet and paint?
  • Do you like or dislike a wood stove or fireplace?
  • Can you afford major renovations to rooms you don’t like?
  • Do you have any special needs requirements?

Buying a home doesn’t have to be stressful. Indeed, it can (and should) be an experience that is as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to discuss your real estate needs and objectives and the ways we can help you successfully achieve them.