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Wants Vs. Needs Checklist


There is a lot to consider when buying your new or next home.  You want to make sure that you get the BEST house for YOU. Choosing the right home, the right neighborhood, the perfect layout  – it can become overwhelming.  It doesn’t have to be if you journal your thoughts and think about what the most important factors you want in your new home are.

In your journal, include a list of “needs vs. wants” in a new home. This doesn’t mean you can’t have what you want in your home, but rather that you have a priority list of the most important features.  You may not be able to obtain all the “want” items on your list, within your budget. You may have to compromise on a few items to stay in line with your budget.  Below is an example of Wants vs. Needs.




Specific carpeting, paint or exterior color
Great views
Bay Windows
Built-in entertainment center
Brass lighting fixtures
Adequate square footage for comfortable living
Sufficient bedrooms for your family
Sufficient bathrooms
Comfortable eat-in kitchen
Easy access to schools
Backyard for children or pet’s play area
Hardwood Floors, tile, carpet