How to Find the Right Cook County Home for You



1If you’re in the market to buy a home in Cook County, there’s a wide range of neighborhoods and homes to choose from. Getting online to begin your search is a great idea, but it can also become overwhelming when you see so many listings. Search smarter, not harder, by coming up with your own home priorities and wish list. 

Giving some serious thought about what you need and want in a home is a great way to narrow down your options, and it will save you a lot of time and lessen stress in the process. The key is to make a list, and then refine it. Start with broad categories and then narrow down to the finer details; this will help you establish what’s most important in a home.

A broad home list should begin with where you may want to live. If you’re moving locally, you may already know which town or neighborhood is the one for you; this is great and should be kept in mind as you search.

If you’re moving from a different region and are not yet familiar with Cook County, it’s a good idea to spend some time here getting to know the area. Check out my post, Finding the Right Neighborhood for You, for more ideas to consider in your neighborhood search.

 Once you have an idea of where you want to live, you can focus on what type of home you want to have. This is where you home list begins to narrow down. Start with the main aspects of a home and how you want to meet you and your family’s needs. One floor or two? How many bedrooms do you need now? How many do you think you’ll need in the next few years? Including future plans (even if they’re just an idea), can help you find a home you can grow into, or establish how long you want to stay in a home you buy today.

 2This broad list of housing needs should also include how big or small of a yard is ideal, and whether a one or two car garage is important. Go room by room in your mind and list down what size is good for a kitchen, family room and so on.

 With your general list in hand you can get into the finer details of what you are looking for in a home. Do you prefer wood floors over carpet? Are you wanting space for a workout room or as a hobbyist? Are built-in eco-friendly and smart tech features an important factor for your lifestyle? Fireplace, yes or no? If yes, wood-burning or gas? Is a fenced in backyard with privacy ideal? Are ceiling fans important?

 Don’t worry about what color you want your home to be, you can change that when you get he keys. Finding the right home is about knowing what you want and need.. Making an in-depth list is a great way to begin the process. Discover more about creating a list of home wants and needs with this Houselogic article.

 When you’re ready to sell or buy a home, you want to work with a Realtor® who understands the market as well as the process and puts their experience to work for their clients. We’re ready to put our expertise to work for you. Learn more at our website,, then contact the Driscoll Properties Team at 847-533-6786 to help you discover the home of your dreams.