Create Your Wish List for a House

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  • You've imagined owning a home for years, now its time to fill in the picture with our Wish List questions. We’ve also got a handy checklist to download.

    What’s Important to You in a Home?

    Buying a house brings up many questions and ideas of what is important.  Our checklist of questions should help you formulate well thought out wish list.


    • How long do you plan to live there?  The longer you plan to stay, the more life changes you’ll need to plan for.
    • Do you have or plan to have kids?  Consider schools, bedrooms, playroom, yard size, parks.
    • Want a fixer?  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?

    Finding a home with space to convert to living areas such as an attic or basement may solve future needs.


    • Will parking for guests be necessary?
    • Is a garage a must?
    • 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?

    Checkout our Lesson Finding Cash for Fixup for tips on finding money to complete projects.


    • Do you like or dislike basements?
    • How many bedrooms/den/office space you’ll need?
    • Are there floorplans or styles that you dislike?
    • How many bathrooms will you need over the time you’ll own the home?  Consider kids, roommates and overnight visitors.
    • Can you afford to do cosmetic work such as carpet and paint?
    • Do you like or dislike a wood stove or fireplace?

    Thinking of buying a home in the Portland, Oregon area?  Checkout our First Time Home Buyer Classes!

    Be sure to go through our Lesson Why You Must Divide Your Wants vs Needs.

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