Questions To Ask Yourself When Buying a Home

Many times, buyers think they know exactly what they want, but sometimes, certain considerations are not taken into account. The following questions give you the chance to explore things you may or may not want in your new home. So be sure to review these questions and answer them wholeheartedly, as it will be a strong source for finding exactly what you want in your new home. 


1. Do you have a preference for when the house was built?

2. Do you want a house in move-in condition or are you willing to do some work on it? 

3. When people come to your home, what do you want your home to say about you? 

4. Do you want to have a swimming pool or hot tub?

5. Are you looking for any structures such as a greenhouse or shed? 


1. Who will be living in the home you purchase? 

2. Will anyone else be spending more than an occasional overnight stay (e.g., parents)? 

3. Describe your lifestyle. What do you enjoy doing at home? Do you do a lot of entertaining? How do you spend your time in the evenings and on the weekends? 

4. Does your home need to accommodate any special needs? 

5. Do you have any pets? 

6. Do you have anything special that needs to be accommodated, such as athletic equipment, fine art, large furniture, or a large collection? 

7. When people come to your home, what do you want your home to say about you? 

8. Is there anything I should know about your lifestyle that I have not asked? 


1. Tell me about your ideal location. 

2. What is your maximum commute time and distance? 

3. What is your work address? 

4. Are schools important? 

5. Is there a particular view you are seeking (e.g., skyline, lake, mountains)? 6. What else is important about your location? 


1. What type of home are you looking for (e.g., single-family, condo, town house, etc.)? 

2. Approximately what size house are you looking for (square footage)? How many stories? 

3. What size lot would you like? 

4. What architectural styles do you prefer? 

5. What type of exterior siding will you consider? 

6. Do you want a porch or deck? 

7. What are you looking for in terms of a garage (e.g., attached, carport, etc.)? 

House – Interior 

1. What kind of style do you want the interior of your home to have (e.g., formal, casual, cozy, traditional, contemporary)?

2. What kind of floor plan do you prefer (e.g., open vs. walls between all living spaces)? 

3. In general, what are your likes and dislikes for the interior of your home? 

4. How many bedrooms do you need? 

5. How will each of those rooms be used? 

6. What are your preferences for the master bedroom? 

7. How many bathrooms do you need? 

8. What are your needs for each of the bathrooms? 

9. What features must your kitchen have (e.g., breakfast area, types of appliances, etc.)? 

10. What finishes do you want (e.g., countertops, flooring, appliances, etc.)? 

11. What are your likes and dislikes for the kitchen? 

12. Would you like the dining room to be part of the kitchen configuration? What about the living room?

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