Hi mums,
Buying a home for our family was a daunting task, especially because it would be our first home. My husband had experience with loans and all that terms and conditions side of things which was great , because I was hopless. He had previously bought an apparat meant before we had met.

With that taken care of we sat down and made a list of what we were looking for in a home.
Our list looked like this:
Double garage
4 bedrooms
Evaporative cooling
Ducted heating
Minimal carpet
Land size approximately 700
Good size grassy backyard for the kids
Away from power lines
Close to freeway
Walking distance to transport
Close to schools

We then made this list into a grid with the above list of items listed down the page on the left
And the addresses of the homes we wanted to see listed across the top.

We took this list to every inspection and ticked the boxes as we went.
At the end of all the inspections we chose the house with the most boxes ticked.

We were glad that we used this approach as sometimes we got confused between which houses we saw and which house had what, or we’re swayed by our descision because a particular house was displayed nicer than another.

Posted anonymously, 6th November 2014

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  • really nice


  • Such a great idea, I often get sidetracked by the look or location and forget to make sure it ticks off our needs list.


  • I think everyone needs to make a list when purchasing or building a home. Otherwise, it just isn’t ‘your’ home, well it is but not the house you want! It will save you heaps later on, because you won’t need to renovate or add things if they are already there to begin with!


  • We made a list as well, except it was broken into two parts – must haves and desirable. It took us 18 long months of looking but, I’m glad we waited and didn’t buy the first or second house we saw.


  • We built our house and I must say its was one of the hardest thing I think I’ll ever have to do.


  • Great idea to make a chart and tick list.


  • wow this is a great idea for a visual chart that will really keep it all into perspective for you. you could also add photos and thoughts on the property if you want to go so far

    • i will be using this system soon as i think it is so organised


  • That’s a good idea, though I’d also add a spot for little notes for anything extra that you loved or hated.


  • Great list. Close to public transport is second top of my list as my husband uses the train every day and it is very important as kids get older and need to be able to get around. For me, close to beach is No: 1 as walking to the beach is part of my lifestyle. Position makes the difference as you need to feel safe and enjoy the environment you are living in.


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