When you’re buying a home, you have to prioritize features (unless you’re very wealthy and don’t need priorities). One system that many have found helpful is coming up with A, B and C columns for your housing desires: Must-Haves, Would-Like-To-Haves and Would-Be-Awesome-But-Don’t-Needs.

Of course, the A-column takes priority. So, what are those A-list things, and how many of them can you truly afford? Let’s run down a (non-exhaustive) list of possible items for you to choose from, and then you can develop your B and C columns from there, as well. Happy house hunting!

  • Near work
  • Near good schools
  • Two stories
  • Air conditioning
  • Number of bedrooms (circle one): 2, 3, 4, 5 or more
  • Number of bathrooms: 2, 3, 4 or more
  • Near shopping
  • Near churches
  • Quiet street
  • Cul-de-sac
  • Big yard
  • Certain city: ________________.
  • Basement
  • Fence – privacy
  • Fence – picket
  • Attached garage
  • More-than-two-car garage
  • Driveway in front
  • Driveway in back
  • Natural gas extension
  • New appliances
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Near city park
  • Near or on water
  • Younger than 20 years old
  • Older than 80 years old
  • Near natural area or preserve
  • Near highway
  • Near airport
  • Newer roof
  • Newer siding
  • Swimming pool
  • Concrete driveway
  • Brick siding
  • Newer windows
  • Tile floors
  • Carpet
  • Rec room
  • Guest room
  • Den
  • Misc.: ____________________