Stick to Your List & Love the Home You Buy


Stick to Your List & Love the Cook County Home You Buy

1You’re ready to buy a home in Cook County and are excited to start your search. You’re excited about the idea of finding that dream home you’ve been waiting for, the right house will be on the market at the right time for you. While it’s important to love where you live, buying a home is not something to do through rose-colored glasses, else disappointment may follow once you have keys in hand. A bit of caution mixed in with your excitement can help you keep a level head and find the right home with confidence.

It’s easy to fall in love with a home which has incredible architecture, a beautifully landscaped yard, a gourmet kitchen and plenty of storage. But there are other aspects to consider. Before you begin, create a list of what you need and what you want, those things which are absolutes when it comes to buying a home. Then create another list, of things which are not acceptable within a new home.

 These two lists can be used as a personal barometer, anytime you view a home bring these lists with you. Having them on hand will help you stay focused and not get caught up in the emotional aspects of searching for a home.

For example, let’s say you drive up to an incredible American Foursquare home, with gorgeous gardens, and find your heart racing with excitement as this is always what you’ve dreamed of. If the interior needs to be updated from top to bottom, and you’re not up to the task, it’s probably best to walk away from the listing. Your lists can help you keep the right perspective in mind.

Loving the home you buy goes beyond the property and into the neighborhood too. You may find the picture-perfect home you’ve been dreaming of. But if it rests on a busy street corner, your perfect place may not be so, if you prefer a quiet street over a healiy trafficked one.

2The following questions can help get you started on your lists. Do you need a one-story house, or do you prefer to have more levels? How many bedrooms and bathrooms are a must? What kitchen size and features do you need? What are your storage needs? Think seasonally too, gas fireplace or woodburning? Ceiling fans yes or no? Is air conditioning a must? Don’t forget to include location features in your list. Do you need easy access to communiting options? How urban or rural of a neighborhood do you want to live in?

It’s just as important to know what you can’t live with in a home. If a basement is a must, forget about any listing without one. If stairs are a concern, be sure to note this for inside and outside the home. A one storey home is great, but if you have to climb stairs to get to the front door, it may not be worth the investment. If you must have a garden, a lot with little to no yard will not be your best option. If you’re not a DIY person and don’t want to live with the hassel of remodeling projects, older homes may not be for you. By thinking of both what you want and don’t want in a home, you’re more likely to find a home which you’ll love for years to come. 

Love the Cook County home you buy, but find it with a critical eye. Discover additional considerations to keep in mind with this Realty Times article. When you’re ready to buy or sell a home, you want to work with a Realtor® understands the process and has the resources to help you buy or sell with confidence. 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.