Ok, we knew what we DID want within reason… i.e.
We needed at least 3 BR, 4 would be best
A good size kitchen, doesn’t have to be state of the art, but at least a good space we can move in
A good neighborhood, not a lot of cars parked on street
Decent yard for the dog and future kids.
What we wound up doing, was sacrificing on the “move in ready.” We found a foreclosure, in an amazing neighborhood with 4 BR, a Laundry Room (that was on the bonus list), 1.5 car garage, great sized kitchen…. and the important things, location, layout, and bones couldn’t be better for us! Now, the house needs a lot of updating, there was horrible wallpaper, carpet, a dated bathroom…. but we can change all those things.
Our Number 2 house had a GORGEOUS master bath… jetted tub, ahhhh…. The kitchen was eh… but overall, the house presented SO MUCH BETTER. However, the neighborhood wasn’t where we wanted to be.
Location needs to be a big deciding factor. If it’s on a busy road, I would first find out if it’s within the area that the city can basically buy from you to widen the street… The street may be busy now, but what about 5 years from now? 10?
That could affect your life or resale.