(Closed) Spinoff – What are your apartment/house must-haves?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 2
1919 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Kikibear:  For an apartment or condo: All of yours plus…

own private yard – even if small.

2 entrances – main door and either sliding door wall or french doors to patio/yard.

If multi level (apartment) can only be 2 floors.

(Apartment) must allow my dogs without a monthly pet fee.

We will be house hunting in about a year: Min- 3 bed, 2 bath, basement, gas line in kitchen, Central A/C that is proportionate to the house, 2 car garage, and min of 3 acres.


Post # 3
1260 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Well we bought in new construction so we got to customize quite a bit. Here are a couple of my must haves if I was to suddenly house hunt:


-Sprinkler system

-Minimum two car garage

-Fenced yard for the beasts (our two Frenchies)

-Two stories (would prefer a basement as well)

-Master suite

-Walk in closet

-Large kitchen island and pantry

-Minimum 4 bedroom; 3 bath- greater than 2500sqft.


Post # 4
903 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

We bought our house 2 years ago and we’ve already decided things we would LOVE to have in our next home.  When we bought our current house the requirements were:

-Decent sized kitchen

-Detached garage (FI does collision repair – detached garage = somewhere to do side jobs :))

-Yard for dogs

-3 bedrooms



Our house is great and it fulfills all of our needs but I have a dream of having another house someday.  Since we’ve been in our house for awhile some things we don’t have now that I would LOVE to have in our new house: (everything above plus:)

-full 2 story with an attic – we have a cape cod and the upstairs gets so hot even with the air conditioning

-attached garage in addition to the detached garage

-finished game room

-first floor or second floor laundry area


-garbage disposal 

-Food pantry area in the kitchen



Post # 5
7899 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Good location

2 car garage (now that I’m married) with remote opener

Some updated features


Post # 6
905 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Our must-haves (for a house/townhouse)- multiple levels, attached private garage, central air, open floor plan, and pool (we live in The Valley). We got everything we were looking for. The must-haves would be different if it were an apartment.

Post # 7
3306 posts
Sugar bee

Built in wardrobes

Gas stove top

Shower must have proper screen – NO CURTAINS

Adequate heating (preferably gas)

A relatively level, unshared driveway… (we only share with one unit behind us, but it would be a dealbreaker if we were sharing with 2 or more units).


Post # 8
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

More than 1 bathroom! 

Post # 9
3225 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We moved last year and our must haves were: detached house, largeish fenced yard, large garage. We’re renting so we weren’t as picky on the inside, but when we move we will buy. I don’t know where we will end up when we do move so it’s hard to say what will be realistic for us to insist on. In NC our money will buy a lot more than the north east where we will likely be. 

Post # 10
1527 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

ours were:



at LEAST 2 Bathrooms


After you live with 3 people and only 1 bathroom you realize how much you need that extra..

Post # 11
1527 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

bhappy:  Lol. I think you have to live in a 1 bathroom house for a while to truly appreciate how much it sucks. It’s not often that we needed 2 bathrooms (FI, son and I), but when you do need 2, you REALLY need them.

Post # 12
640 posts
Busy bee

We are looking into buying our first house, we are pretty simple in our needs other than wanting it to have good transport links, a garden and 3 bedrooms!

Post # 13
571 posts
Busy bee

Its definitely funny seeing how my list of apartment must haves have changed over the past few years. When I first moved to Chicago almost 5 years ago my list of must haves were central a/c, modern kitchen, dishwasher, in unit washer and dryer, and my roommates wanted a parking spot. Now, I have none of those because they’re just not in my budget and I guess I’ve just become more realistic with what I can afford and have become more familiar with what many buildings in Chicago are like

So my must haves are really basic –  radiator (free) heat, laundry on site, newer windows, some outdoor space, dog friendly, accessible to public transportation, and storage space. That’s it. I really don’t mind street parking, window air conditioners, carrying laundry outside, or doing my own dishes. 

Post # 14
715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015


Single Family home

Must have W/D – not in kitchen (I just think it’s weird and don’t want my chemical stuff near my food)

Not Modern – I hate stainless steel appliances

Garage – preffered but wouldn’t be a deal breaker unless I lived somewhere it snows a lot.

Private yard

Master Suite

Post # 15
147 posts
Blushing bee

Small 1 bedroom condo.

I love the W/D hookups in the bedroom in a closet – it makes doing laundry so convenient.  This is a must have.

Other must haves are:

Wood or laminate floors – we have dogs

Big windows – I like to open the blinds when it’s sunny outside

Adequate storage cabinets/space






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