Creating your property wish list

Helping you prioritise to make sure you get the features you really want

What do you see when you picture your ideal home? Maybe it's a period house with lots of original features and a lovely mature garden. Or perhaps it's a modern apartment with an open plan kitchen and sunny rooms. Whatever's important to you, these are the things you should be focusing on when you view a property for the first time. A property wish list can help you prioritise the features you really want and those you don't.

What's on your property wish list?

Organise your list by writing down three categories; 'must-have', 'would-like' and 'definitely not'. Now think about the property features that are most important to you and list them under the appropriate category.

To help you get started, here's some features you might want to consider:

  • Location
  • Views
  • Age and style of building
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Size and style of kitchen
  • Size and style of bathroom
  • Dining room
  • Garden
  • Parking
  • Conservatory
  • Windows and light
  • Original features
  • Storage
  • Central heating

Top tip
Print your list and take it to your viewing so you can make notes as you're walking around.

Example property wish list

The more detailed your list the better. Take a look at our example wish list below to get an idea of how you can tailor your own preferences.

Must-have
3 bedrooms
Light and airy living room
Large kitchen with space for a table
Enclosed garden for the dog
Off-road parking

Would-like
Wood floors
Bathroom with a separate shower
A quiet street
Wood burning fire
Original beams

Definitely not
Avocado bathroom suite
Small windows
Small garden
Flat roof
Busy road

The content of this article is believed to be correct at the time of publication and is provided for general information purposes. When buying or selling a property you should obtain appropriate professional advice and this article is not intended as any substitute for or supplement to that advice and must not be relied upon as such