When the time comes that you have decided that you are ready to either buy your 1st home or you’ve outgrown your current home or perhaps you’ve become empty nesters and are ready to down-size, it is very important that you have thought long and hard about what the necessities are in your upcoming purchase.  You are buying a home, not a pair of shoes, so take the time to research the areas, the neighborhoods, the schools, and anything else that may be of a concern to you. 

 First, decide what you MUST have in a home.  For example: How many bedrooms and bathrooms; the minimum square footage; eat-in kitchen or formal dining room; garage size and whether it is attached or detached; basement, slab or crawl; ranch style, 2-story, or perhaps a bi-level … the list goes on.  Also, have a list of features you would like to have in your home but are not must-haves.  For example, maybe you would prefer to live on a dead-end street or on a cul-de-sac, but it’s not a necessity.  You may prefer a full basement, but a partial basement would also work for you.  A home on a ravine or walking distance to the park would be really nice; however, it doesn’t have to be.  These are the things that your real estate agent can look for as options and point out to you so you have the chance to review the “perks” while deciding which homes are at the top of your list down to the homes that are at the bottom of your list. 

 Don’t forget to include what you CAN’T have in a home.  Maybe you have severe animal allergies and can’t purchase a home that previously had 3 dogs and 5 cats.  Perhaps you have small children and the thought of an in-ground pool or pond on the lot is something that is just too dangerous for your family.  Eventually, you are going to have to make these decisions.  So, to avoid wasting your time, your agent’s time, and the seller’s time by looking at 300 homes that could possibly fit some undefined set of criteria, you owe it to yourself to sit down with your agent to come up with criteria that he can use to define your home search. 

 But maybe you’re not sure of exactly what you MUST have, may prefer or simply can’t have in a home?  No worries!  It happens, and your agent can help you by showing you homes with different features to give you a better understanding of what you’d like in a home.  You shouldn’t dread looking for a new home.  If you understand the process and work with the right people, it should be a fun and exciting experience!  There are many wonderful homes in the Toledo real estate market as well as the surrounding areas. 

 If you are looking for assistance to find your “dream home” and in need of a knowledgeable, professional REALTOR® that can make the home-buying an enjoyable adventure, I would love to hear from you.  I can help you have a fun and memorable experience while finding your next home, and I am able to show you all homes listed in the northwest Ohio area whether they are my listings or those of other agents.  I have various resources at my fingertips from lending professionals to inspectors to home builders.  I have the experience to help you find a wonderful home that you will enjoy for years to come.