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Lifestyle Questionnaire

When building a new home or buying yourself an existing home, it helps to determine what you need to maintain your personal lifestyle. Here are some sample questions you should ask yourself before buying your next home:

Site Design – What views are important? What don’t you want to see? How close (or far away) do you want to be from your neighbors? What outdoor features such as a hot tub, garden, playscapes, etc will you want?

Kitchen/Dining Room – How much cooking is done at home? What kind of entertaining do you do (small or large groups)? Focus on where you’re going to eat and whether the use of the dining area is formal or casual.

Living/Family Room – What will happen in these rooms? What furniture do you have that you want to accommodate?

Master Bedroom – How private would you like it to be? How large should the closets be (compared to your current situation)? It is very important to consider the functionality as you get older (many of my neighbors have sold their homes because they can no longer navigate the stairs comfortably, had they thought about this earlier, they may not have bought the house to begin with).

Master Bath – Separate shower, tub or special features like a bidet or Jacuzzi? Separate sinks for his and her use?

Other Bedrooms/Bathrooms – No matter how obvious this may seem, you need to consider how many extra bedrooms you will need and who they are for?

Storage – Will everyone’s belongings fit in the proposed closets?

Laundry Room – Where should it be? Near the garage, kitchen, bedrooms? Don’t forget to consider the stairs here too!

Heating/Cooling – Do you need air conditioning? What type of heat source is available? Do you prefer forced air, wall radiators, or radiant floor systems?

Plumbing – Septic system or sewer? Well or city water? How much hot water do you use every day?

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