Your Dream Home Checklist

Real Estate

If you are in search of your dream home in Edmonton or the surrounding area, you will want to get a pen and paper to jot down the requirements for your home. Once you begin touring homes, you may find several that fit a few of your needs or desires; however, you may forget that you long for the sun to enter into your bedroom every morning to start your day.

You should write down the requirements that you must find and then the ones that you can live without but would like to find in your new home as well. This will not only help you as you tour homes, but will also help your real estate agent create a list of homes that meet your needs.

Features of your dream home

Write down the requirements first such as how many bedrooms, if you need a two car garage, and if you want the home close to schools for the kids. Now, onto the features you would love in your dream home that may not be requirements but would be nice such as on a lake, nearby parks, or a community with a fitness center. While you are considering your dream home it is a good idea to consider if you desire a single family home with a yard or a maintenance free condo. Consider both the features you desire as well as your spouse and list them in order of priority.

Neighborhood Requirements

Not only do you want to find the perfect retreat with your new dream home, but you also will want to make sure you find the perfect surroundings. You may wish to be in center of the action in the downtown area or far from the city with beautiful scenic views. You may wish a single family home where the kids can walk to school, close to a jogging trail, or even nearby a lake so you can enjoy fishing. On the other hand, you may not mind having neighbors close such as you would with a condo if it is located nearby your favorite venues.


The style of your home is just as important. You may desire a modern architectural design or a Victorian home. You must feel comfortable in the house or you will never really call it home. You may find the perfect condo offering everything you desire but you are not fond of the look and feel of the exterior. In most cases, you will have to leave the exterior alone as well as the lawn as the home owners association is responsible for the care and maintenance. With single family homes, you have more choices when it comes to customizing the home inside and out to create the atmosphere you desire.

Ensure the floor plan is one that will fit your family. If you have children, you may not want all the bedrooms at one end of the home. Once the children are down for the evening, you may desire to stay up later and enjoy a movie or a late night snack and want to ensure you do not wake up the kids.

No matter what you are looking for in your dream home, providing your realtor with as much information as possible will help you find the home of your dreams faster and easier.

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