The Wish List: Remain Focused as you Shop for a Home

What happens when you go to the grocery store without a list? You impulse shop, right? Your stomach takes control of the outing and whatever looks good at the moment ends up in the shopping cart – whether it’s something you need or not.

Shopping lists are the road map for a shopping trip. They keep you on track, help you save money and protect you from frivolity. They aren’t just for the grocery store, either. In fact, a shopping list is a must when you’re shopping for a home, but we call this one a “wish list.”

What Kind of a Home do you want?

It’s important to have an idea of the type of structure you need before deciding on a neighborhood.

  • Single-family detached home (previously owned or newly constructed?)
  • Duplex
  • Condominium
  • Townhouse
  • Mobile Home

Most of the time, the type of home you settle on will help narrow down the list of neighborhoods. You won’t find, for instance, many mobile homes in downtown Minneapolis. Likewise, you won’t find upscale, high-rise condos in our rural areas.

Now it’s time to dream. What will the new home offer? Jot down not only what you need, but what you want as well. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Number of bedrooms and bathrooms
  • One story or two
  • Square footage
  • Specialty room such as a home gym, theatre room or office
  • Lots of outdoor space or a minimal, low-maintenance yard
  • Do you need a garage or is a carport ok?
  • Pool and/or spa
  •  Tennis court

Don’t edit yourself as you compile the list – this is a wish list, remember?

If you get stuck, think about all the things you don’t like about your current living situation. Does the cramped kitchen drive you nuts? Then a larger kitchen should go on the list. If a lack of closets and other storage space doesn’t work for you, make note of that on your list as well.

A wish list isn’t written in stone, but like a grocery list it will keep you focused and on track as you look at homes for sale in the Twin Cities.


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