25 features to consider when buying your property

When looking for your first home, or your next one, set out a list of ten must haves and ten would like to have features. Use this FREE checklist to articulate your vision. Find pictures in magazines of houses you like and put them on a treasure map which you look at each day.

This ‘know what you want checklist’ will need your tailoring . It covers a wide range of needs such as the proximity to schooling, number of bedrooms to ratio of front to back garden (best to have the back garden bigger than front garden as you never use your front garden).

 

Tailor these 25 features to arrive at your vision.

  1. The type of view you want from the house.

  2. The house faces well to the sun.  Avoid a north facing house in Northern hemisphere and a south facing house in the southern hemisphere. 

  3. Best layout is bedrooms face the early morning sunshine and living rooms and outdoor dining areas get the late sun. Utility rooms facing the non-sun side.

  4. Type of build, contemporary, colonial, historic etc

  5. Location to good schools

  6. Sheltered from the main prevailing wind

  7. Minimum distance from a very busy road.

  8. Minimum or maximum distance from family

  9. Location to amenities (shopping centers, supermarkets, sports facilities)

  10. Size of land

  11. Garaging (number of cars that can be parked)

  12. Workshop or hobby area

  13. Off street parking

  14. Number of bedrooms

  15. Bathroom for master bedroom

  16. Storage in master bedroom

  17. State of street e.g., tree lined, or lined with broken down cars

  18. Ratio of front to back garden (best to have the back garden bigger than front garden as you never use your front garden).

  19. Finish of house (e.g., fully restored house or a ‘doer-upper’)

  20. Compatible neighborhood

  21. Separate dining room or open plan

  22. Provision for a home office

  23. Provision for long staying guests such as an elderly relative

  24. The style of house, e.g., modern, townhouse, colonial etc.

  25. Corner section so you can sub-divide