A homebuyer checklist is critical if you want to guarantee you find your dream home. Ultimately, your checklist should be organized around what is most important to you and your family.
You probably already have a short list of really important criteria already in mind. So, I encourage you to write down what is most important to you, then ask yourself if you’ve thought of everything. Just in case you might have missed something, follow this homebuyer checklist as a guide to finding your perfect home.
First of all, if you want to find the perfect home, you need to take into account more than just the home itself. You also need to find the right neighborhood in the right location.
Location is not only important for you as you choose the home you are buying now, but it is also critical if you plan to re-sale your home sometime in the future. Location is one of the biggest factors that will impact the appreciation on your home.
Things to consider when choosing your neighborhood:
- Do you want to be in a gated community?
- Do you want to be in a golf community?
- Do you want to be close to the beach?
- Do you want a single-family home, coach home or a condo?
- Do you want new construction or a re-sale home?
- Do you want to be close to of in downtown?
- Do you want to be in a retirement community?
- Do you want to be in a family neighborhood?
- Do you want to be in an active community?
- Do you want to be close to healthcare?
- Do you want to be close to dining and shopping?
- Do you want to have easy access to loved ones?
- Is this going to be your last home or do you plan to sell in the future?
Location Considerations: Rate items from 1-10 with 1 being the most important.
____ Pet Friendly
____ Expressway Access
____ Demographics (young community, older community or either is okay)
Community Amenities: Rate items from 1-10 with 1 being the most important.
____ Resort Style Pool
____ Fitness Center
____ Bocce Ball
____ Piccle Ball
____ Walking Trails
____ Dog Park
What about home features?
First, what home features are most important to you? Second, which ones are most important and which are least important.
Here’s a list of questions to keep in mind when choosing your dream home:
- Do you want to entertain?
- Do you want an open floor plan?
- Do you want to park in a two-car garage?
- Do you want a backyard where your dog can play?
- Do you want a pool? What about a spa?
Property considerations: Rate your top 10 criteria with 1 being the most important.
____ Townhome/Coach Home
____ Re-Sale vs. New Construction
____ Rental Home
____ Golf View
____ Water View
____ Concrete Construction
____ Wood Frame construction
____ Single floor or multi-level
____ Recreation facilities
What about the interior?
Here is a list of interior considerations for your ideal home or condo.
____ Master Bedroom
____ Master bath
____ Eat-in Kitchen
____ Gourmet Kitchen
____ New appliances
____ Dining Area/ Room
____ Den/ Office
____ Open Shower
____ Whirlpool bath
____ Ceiling height
____ Central air
____ Central heat
____ Hurricane Impact Windows
Golf Community Criteria:
So, you’ve decided you want to live in a golf community. What are the key features and benefits the community needs to include to suit your lifestyle? Identify your top 10 criteria with 1 being the most important.
____ Bundled Golf Community
____ Number of golf courses
____ Structured Tee Times (e.g. Chelsea System)
____ Open Tee Times
____ Quality of Golf Course
____ Challenging Golf Course
____ Easy Golf Course
____ Practice Facilities
____ Own your own golf cart
____ Caddies available
Now that you’ve completed all preliminary steps on the homebuyer checklist, you’re ready to start searching. Also, be sure to print a copy of your list to for you and your agent.
Finally, consider which items you would compromise on if you have to. In an ideal world you would get everything you want. However, unless you have unlimited funds and there are a ton of properties on the market, you may have to may have to decide what you could live without. Or, another option is to determine what you might be able to add or fix after you purchase your home or condo.
Begin Your Own Property Search:
So, if you are ready to begin your own property search, I encourage you to explore this website to find information about golf communities in Southwest Florida. Or, I would be happy to help provide a list of properties that meet your criteria. Be sure to fill out the homebuyer checklist as you go.
Finally, if you are buying a home in a golf community, you will find it is more complex than a normal home purchase. As you can probably imagine, there is a significant difference between golf courses. Also, there are hidden fees, different membership fees, pet restrictions and very different demographics in each community.
So, if you are looking for information about a specific community in Bonita Springs, Estero or Naples, contact me and I will prepare a custom market report for you. Most importantly, I can provide the market information and insights to help make sure you select your dream home.
Lastly, I will handle all of the contract negotiations for your property from the first offer to close.
About Matt Klinowski
Contact Matt: Matt@NaplesGolfGuy.com
June 15, 2017 Posted by Matt