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Your home is an extension of your personality.

The decor style, color of the walls, furniture selections, and every detail of it reflects you. Whether you are planning to have a starter home, a place to accommodate your family, or a dwelling for your retirement, this blog will ensure you find the perfect place!

Taking the right steps to find the PERFECT place for YOU

Taking the right steps to finding the perfect home for you

Step One:

What you NEED vs. What you WANT 

Making a list for your perfect house

What are your deal breakers?

Like a relationship, the first and most important step is making a list of your non-negotiable items, or deal breakers.

The items on this list include things you cannot live without. For example, if you love to entertain, you would want a large kitchen or family room. This step will set the stage for the steps to follow.

After this list is complete, make a list of all things you would hope to have in a dream home but could live without. For example, a swimming pool that would be nice to have, but may not be a deal breaker. 

Step Two:

What kind of NEIGHBORHOOD do you prefer?

Different Kinds Of Neighborhoods

Select the neighborhood that best suits your family. Add it to your WANTS list. 

  1. Urban Core: Downtown, the heart of major metros
  2. Urban Pioneer (Up-and-Coming): Near downtown and inner-ring suburbs
  3. New Urban: Near business hub other than the city’s main downtown
  4. Cul-de-sacs & Kids: Suburbs and new subdivisions
  5. Pedestrian: Small pockets in major metros
  6. Historic: These homes can be found anywhere
  7. Status/Destination: In the hills or mountains, by water, behind gates
  8. Active/Resort: Sunbelt and coastal cities, in the desert, by water or in the mountains
  9. Golf: New subdivision surrounding a golf course
  10. Retirement: Sunbelt and coastal cities
  11. Rural: Miles from the city
  12. Farm: Large amounts of land with minimal surrounding houses 

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Now that we have the perfect location picked out…

Step Three:

Who says SIZE doesn’t matter?


When it comes to picking your future home, size most definitely does matter. Whether you want 7 bedrooms & 6 full baths or 2 bedrooms & 1 full bath finding the perfect size for your family is key.

  • Large, Medium, or Small House
  • Condo
  • Townhome

Make a list of how many bedrooms you want in your future home and what they would be used for, add this to your WANTS list.

Step Four:

What does the INSIDE of your future home look like?


When picturing the interior of your home, what does it look like?

  • Contemporary
  • Cape Cod
  • Country
  • Colonial
  • Victorian
  • Tudor
  • Craftsman
  • Cottage
  • Mediterranean
  • Ranch

Step Five:

What is in your KITCHEN?

Dream House Kitchen

For some, the kitchen is the heart of the house and can make or break it. What do you want in your kitchen? Does kitchen size matter to you?

Do you want a(n):

  • Island
  • Breakfast bar
  • Large sink
  • Marble or Granite counters
  • Back splash
  • Lots of counter space
  • Lots of cabinet space
  • Large pantry

Step Six:

What does your future FLOOR PLAN look like?


Does having an open floor plan matter to you? Or do you prefer a more closed off and comfy floor plan.  

Step Seven:

Envision what your MASTER BED & BATH look like

master-bedroom   masterbathroom

What makes up the perfect master bedroom?

  • Large, Medium, or Small master bedroom
  • Fire place
  • Large windows
  • Patio
  • Carpet, tile, or wood

What makes up the perfect master bathroom?

  • Bath and or shower
  • One sink or two sinks
  • Granite, Marble, or Concrete counters
  • Walk in closet, one closet or two 

Step Eight:

Do you need room for OFFICE space?


If you work from home, you’re going to want in home office space. Are you going to need a separate room for your office or can you find space somewhere else for your office? 

Step Nine:

What do you picture your future BACKYARD looking like?

Dream backyard

For most people a backyard can make or break a house. What do you want your future backyard to have? Add it to your WANTS list.

Dream backyard boat dock  Dream backyard swimming-poolDream backyard outdoor-patioDream backyard fire pit

Dream backyard trees and grass

Step Ten:

Have Big Block Realty help you find your dream home!

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