Home Search: Creating a “Must-Have” and “Like-to-Have” List

Househappy —  July 24, 2013 — Leave a comment

Searching for a new place to call home can be overwhelming––no secret there. When working with traditional buyers, I use a simple but effective tool to help identify what they really want in a new home: I call it a “Must-have” and “Like-to-have” list. Must-haves should be considered deal breakers, as in “don’t show me houses that do not possess these characteristics,” while Like-to-haves should be considered frosting on the cake. For example, if your buyer has a 100-lb Great Dane, chances are a back yard and a dog park in the neighborhood are must-have status. Having a clear, identifiable list of items up front is mission critical for several reasons:

  • Opens communication: A clear identifiable list keeps all parties on the same page.

  • Maximizes time and minimizes frustration: The list eliminates guesswork and enables me to locate and show the properties that fit my client’s exact needs. A win all around.

  • Reduces tension: Countless arguments have taken place between couples in my car while showing homes. Having this list of items up front keeps this to a minimum. A more peaceful scenario for everyone.

Working with a new client? Helping them nail down a “Must-have” and “Like-to-have” list, will make for a more rewarding experience for everyone.

Robyn Woodman is the head of Househappy Business Development and will be a regular blog Contributor. For more information about Robyn and her experience as a real estate broker, click here



From start to finish, Househappy redefines the modern homeownership experience by providing solutions for home search and maintenance. Sometimes life can distract us from proper home upkeep. That’s why we created Househappytrax, a technology tool designed to simplify home management by storing your home’s DNA. We send a trained professional to gather 250+ points of data specific to your house. The app features document storage, seasonal to-do lists and reminders, a maintenance and improvements calendar, discounts on home products and services, and you can even find trusted home services providers in your area -- all in one convenient location, accessible on any device.

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