5. Define Your Deal-Breakers

Each of us has a list of must-haves when it comes to our living space and of all the factors to consider when purchasing a home, this is perhaps the most important in terms of ensuring you select something that reflects your own personal tastes and needs. Perhaps you have a growing family and require a minimum number of bedrooms close to a good school district, or absolutely need to live in the city.

Maybe you work from home and need a separate office area, or you have a passion for cooking and value a designer kitchen - narrowing down your absolutes will be a sure way to avoid wasting time on unsuitable properties, and instead allow you to determine exactly what you are willing to compromise on and what you simply can’t live without. Again, the key here is to be realistic in your expectations - determining that you would love an outdoor pool you cannot afford because it would be wonderful sipping cocktails poolside in the summer is not a deal-breaker, it's a dream to work towards. This list is about asking yourself, if you only have a certain amount to spend, how exactly you want to use that money to best benefit your needs and reflect your lifestyle.

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