Defining What You Want in Your Next Home

Looking for a new home can be exciting but it can also be super stressful. You want to find the perfect place, but with so many options out there, it's hard to know where to start. That's why it's important to take a step back and define exactly what you're looking for in your next home. Here are some tips to help you get started on your quest for your dream home.

  1. Make a list of your must-haves.

When you're searching for a new home, there are certain things you just can't compromise on. Maybe you need three bedrooms, a specific neighborhood, or a big backyard for your dogs to run around in. These are your must-haves. It can help to make a list of your top priorities, so you can focus your search on the homes that meet your needs.

  1. Identify your nice-to-haves.

While it's important to have your must-haves, it's also okay to have a wish list. Maybe you'd love to have a pool, a home gym, or a big kitchen for entertaining. These are your nice-to-haves. Prioritizing them can help you decide which homes are worth considering.

  1. Think about your lifestyle.

Your lifestyle is a crucial factor when it comes to choosing your next home. Consider your hobbies, interests, and daily routine to determine what you need in a home. Do you work from home and need a dedicated workspace? Do you love to entertain and need an open-concept living area? Make a list of what you need in a home to fit your lifestyle.

  1. Plan for the future.

Buying a home is a big investment, so thinking about the future is important. Do you plan on starting a family soon? Do you want to adopt a dog or a cat? Maybe you want to start a garden in your backyard. Whatever your plans, make sure to choose a home that accommodates your future goals.

  1. Get input from others.

Sometimes it can be hard to see the big picture when you're searching for a new home. That's why it's important to get input from others. Talk to your family, friends, or a trusted real estate agent for advice (Hi there!!). They may have insights or ideas that you haven't considered.


Finding your dream home starts with defining what you want. Make a list of your must-haves, identify your nice-to-haves, consider your lifestyle, think about future plans, and get input from others. These steps will help you focus your search and find the perfect home for you. Happy hunting!

Shanteé Sharps, Real Estate Agent, REALTOR®, MRP
(757) 589-8632

The Bryant Group Real Estate Professionals
1777 London Bridge Rd. #102
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

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