My Dream Home Worksheet

Here are a few key questions to help narrow down what you want in your home.

  • What type of home are you looking for? Detached or semi-detached?
  • What style of home is best for you? Two-storey, bungalow, split-level, duplex, townhouse?
  • What about the age of the home? Does the home need to be brand new?
  • How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need?
  • What are you looking for in a kitchen? How about a family room? Do you want a separate dining room? What is your preferred layout?
  • What are your high-priority features? Appliances, ensuite, fireplace?
  • What other rooms do you need? Main floor laundry room, home office, hobby room?
  • What about storage space? Basements? Lockers?
  • Do you need a garage or extra parking spaces?
  • Is energy efficiency important? Newer windows or a high-efficiency furnace?
  • How long is your daily commute? How easy is it to get to the places you need to go?
  • How close do you need to be to transit, shopping, schools, places of worship, and hospitals?
  • Are there any important location factors? Backing on to parks? How about road traffic? Do you need to be on a quiet street?
  • What size of yard are you looking for? Is the backyard important, or is a side yard enough? What about the front yard?
  • What other landscaping features are important? A fenced yard, play areas, a pool, gardens, a patio?
  • Is it important that the house faces a certain direction?
  • Who are you sharing this home with and what are their needs? For example, pets might need a fenced yard, or extended family may want a separate entrance.
  • How long do you plan to live here? This decision can impact the type of home, the location, and how much you will spend.
  • How much do you want to invest beyond the purchase price of the home—both in terms of money and effort—if you can’t find all the features that you want?