Sound Off: Narrow the home search by knowing what you need

10 Oct

Sound Off: Narrow the home search by knowing what you need

John Solaegui1Q: How do I determine my housing needs before I begin searching for properties?

A: Before viewing properties, I like to deeply understand how my clients want to live. I like to ask open questions such as:

  • Describe the qualities of past homes that you would like to have in your new home.
  • What’s one thing that you will bring from your current home and one thing you will leave behind?
  • Which rooms do you spend most of your time in and why?
  • How often do you travel away from home and for how long?
  • How important is it to be able to walk to shops, cafes and restaurants?
  • Do you have any hobbies that require additional space?
  • Have you hosted a party with more than 20 guests in the past few years?
  • Which holidays are important to you? Do you host gatherings at home or do you go elsewhere?
  • There is no substitute for viewing properties together with an experienced agent. I don’t care how good 3-D virtual reality technology becomes, a good agent can point out things that a nonprofessional will probably miss.