(Closed) Forever home “Must Haves”

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

counterspace! I cook & bake alot and needed the space. A garage & basement. At least a bath & a half and a fireplace(didn’t care if it worked, just wanted the visual of it). Oh and two floors of living space (not a fan of ranches at all, I hate the feeling of being on top of everything all the time.

Price we were flexible on to a point so was location. We were willing to pay more for certain communties so we wouldn’t have to send our kids to private school unless it was by choice. The other things didn’t matter.

As you go through and look at houses, what you think you want/need ends up changing, at least it did for us.

Post # 4
2025 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Mine are strange things I’ve learned from living in my current house and living with my husband. We are very open to things like lots size (though we’d never live on less than an acre) and style of home. We’d definitely consider school district, though, and we’d prefer to get out of our city limits. The utilities here are so expensive compared to a few roads over which are county. These are some “forever home” wants, though. 

  •  Double ovens! I also want a gas range and a huge kitchen. I love to cook and we spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so I really want it to be suited to our needs. And really quality cabinets. We have what I thought were decent cabinetry in our kitchen, but 6 years later, we have drawers that are separating and shelves that look like crap. If I renovate a kitchen again, or build from scratch, I think high-end cabinetry is worth it. 
  •  A master bedroom with enough room for a sitting space. I live in a ranch home from the 60’s, which are known for their small rooms. I’m pretty sure our master is the same size as most modern homes’ regular bedrooms. There’s just enough space for the bed and a dresser and side table. 
  •  We have a large master bath now (renovated), but I’d prefer a full sized shower. Right now we just have a small stall. My husband and I do not fit comfortably in it. 🙂
  • CLOSETS! Also a downside to an older home; people didn’t own very much stuff in the 60’s. There are no linen closets, coat closets, or anything more than a tiny clothes closet in each bedroom. We have next to no storage space. I just want somewhere to put extra pillows for guests!
  • A laundry room for space to fold. I dream about folding space.

I think that’s my list so far. It’s a bunch of stuff I don’t really need, but hey, we’re talking hypothetical forever homes, here!


Post # 6
2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

2 bathrooms.

Finished basement.

large (preferably fenced) back yard for the mutts

At least 3 bedrooms

That’s all I ask, not a lot.

Post # 7
1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Ditto on the counterspace! A yard is also important to us as we have a young child and 3 dogs. The school district and neighborhood in general. We’re open to different styles of house but also looking for something that has flexibility…meaning that the layout could be altered (ie: knock down a wall here. Open up a closet there) without too much hassel. Even if we never made those changes, we both like the idea of having those types of options since who knows what we’ll want after 10 or 15 years living somewhere. We tend to like to change things up a bit from time to time.

Post # 8
1550 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

3 bedrooms, hardwood floors, updated kitchen, new/updated plumbing, heating, and electrical, new roof (my friends bought a house with an old roof and replacing it was a nightmare), BIG fenced backyard, porch, in a good school district, location/neighborhood

Post # 9
622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn

My list changed so many times over the years. The house we just bought is truly our forever house, so we had to get it right. Our rules were:

  • Good school district
  • At least 4 bedrooms
  • At least 2 full baths
  • 2 car attached garage
  • Ample closet space
  • Either a deep spoaking tub (bonus point for jets!) or at a minimum enough space to have one put in
  • A kitchen that at least didn’t make us want to throw up (ideally an awesome kitchen, but we at least needed one we wouldn’t outright hate untilw e could upgrade it)
  • Enough space for an office and a craft room

Our “wants” were smaller… they were a fireplace, hardwood floors, a finished basement, and a newer home.

We were so lucky in that we could all of our “must haves” and all of our “wants” (the kitchen definitely needs to be upgraded though…. it’s only workable, not fantastic)!


Post # 10
14656 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My only must true haves was that it be a reasonable size and layout in a excellent area.  The rest of the fluff was negotiable nice to haves.  Location (and price of course) was the only real priority for me.  And 3+ bedrooms.  Unfortunately to stay in the neigborhoods I wanted and budget, I wasnt really in a position to ask for much.

Post # 11
1553 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m surprised how my list has changed over time.  Things I have in my current home I thought were important aren’t.  And I miss some things I don’t have but didn’t think would be a big deal.

Master bedroom with its own bath


Laundry room on the same floor as the bedrooms

Front porch

Two-car garage, preferably with an outbuilding of some kind

One acre or larger lot

Eat-in kitchen

Lots of storage

Post # 12
3942 posts
Honey bee

We have a lot. We love our home (starter house), but we have definetly figured out what we want and don’t want for our next house. some are:

  • Good neighborhood/school district. Needs to be on a side street in a neighborhood. Prefer a cul-de-sac
  • Large yard, would prefer fenced in with space for a pool
  • 4 bedrooms, atleast 2 bathrooms
  • A bath attached to the master
  • Would prefer all the bedrooms to be on the 2nd floor
  • Finished basement, with a tool room/area
  • Large kitchen with lots of cabinets/counterspace-we cook a LOT. Would prefer a pantry as well
  • Gas instead of oil heat.
  • Lots of windows and natural light
  • Patio or a deck
  • Larger driveway (have to park behind eachother now..kind of a pain)

Thats all I can think of now. But I’m sure there are more. We are picky I guess 🙂


Post # 13
10589 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Our next place must have (whether we rent or buy):

Washer & dryer, I hate shared facilities!


Double kitchen sink – our apt only has a single and I hate it!  If Darling Husband is prepping raw meat I can’t use it for anything and you can’t rinse while washing dishes.

A big enough kitchen for use to both move around in it easily.

Lots of kitchen counter space.

A basement so we have enough storage space.

A bathtub, I like the occassional soak!

Parking – for sure 2 plug ins, I would really like it to be covered and heated would be a bonus.


Post # 14
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Our list of must haves changed as we were looking. It’s weird when you start looking how you realize you can live w/o certain things.

School districts within our county, family friendly neighborhood, # of bedrooms, # of bathrooms, kitchen size and/or ability to convert to open kitchen/living space, basement, big backyard (existence of patio/deck unimportant we can build our own), layout/flow of living spaces, NO new builds/in a “development” cookie cutter area, has to be off a quiet street, separation of private/public spaces.

Overall with interior space we were flex as long as it had the ability to be converted into our must haves.

Post # 15
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Our must haves was certain schools. Even though we didn’t have kids at the time and wouldn’t for many years it was our priority. We didn’t want to have to move when we had kids to be in a better school district and living in a highly desired school area helps property values. I know school stats change every year, but so far it’s changing in our favor.

The other things were kind of a given, it had to be a decent size, a good layout, 3 bedrooms. But with the price range we were working in the size and bedroom #s and size wasn’t an issue so it didn’t need to be put on a “must have” list as they’d meet that requirement.

Post # 16
7291 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Low taxes!


Fenced back yard, or one that can be fenced in

Hardwood or tile or combo- no carpeting

Central air- ( must in south Florida)

Hurricane windows/shutters

Green applicances

[would love solar power but doesn’t Have to have]


We already bought a home in full 2 years ago which we rent out now. While it has alot of our must haves, we would like a fenced in yard and lower taxes! Plus solar power!

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