When you’re looking for a new home you probably already have an idea of what it should look like, with a list of key priorities. You want the perfect size for every room, a good location and maybe the sea nearby – all to the right price! It can be hard to find.

For that reason it will help to list your top priorities of what you want when buying your new home. You can follow these three steps below.

Wants vs Needs

To start with, you make a list of everything you wish for your new home. Everything you can think of. After finishing the list, you go through all points and categorize them in “want to have” and “need to have”.

Now you have two lists and the list with “want to have” is no longer the top priority. Focusing only on the “need to have” list, you increase your chances of finding your dream home.

Need to Have

The “need to have” list is now the one we are focusing on. If the list has more than three factors, you have to look at the things that you may change on your own as a future project, such as a bigger kitchen or a new roof. However, the things that can’t easily be changed should be on your list of priorities when buying a home. Important aspects to consider when buying a home include:

  • Location
  • Backyard
  • Neighborhood
  • Floor Plan
  • Storage

There are many things you can add to this list, however it all depends on your own particular needs. For example, a large familys needs are not the same as someone who lives alone. Sit down and create a list of the things you absolutely cannot do without in your new home. Give your realtor your list so that he/she only shows you homes that meet your needs to make the process easier.


As a final point it’s also necessary to match your top priorities with your budget. You need to know, before house hunting, what you can afford in order to keep your expectations realistic. Set a meeting up with a specialist in your bank who can approve a complete budget with you. To avoid deception, make sure to keep your house hunt within your budget.

This advice can help you set a realistic search for your next home. So it’s important to know your wants and needs before putting a lot of energy into the house hunting. Then you are also one step closer to your new home! You can view our current properties for sale on the French Riviera if you are interested!