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Finding Your Dream Home Checklist

I gotta admit, house hunting wasn’t as fun as I was expecting it to be. Sure the first open house we went to was exciting and looking around people’s houses is the ideal past time for a nosy person, but after the eighth browse online looking for somewhere you can afford, in the area you want to live in, you’re gonna wish you never started searching! Trying to organise viewings is stressful, especially if you’re a couple and you both have different commitments and estate agents really aren’t as friendly and helpful as you’d expect. The whole process was one of my least favourite times, ever, which really took me by surprise!

However we developed an excellent method of ranking the houses we’d seen online and in person and in the end we bought the house with the biggest overall score, so it definitely worked for us… and I’m going to let you in on the secret so finding your dream home will be easier too!

House buying advice

We sat down together and decided what we wanted from a dream home – the ultimate essentials. What can you absolutely not live without? Maybe you need a garden for your excitable dog or maybe you just can’t live in a 1-bed anymore and need an extra room for storage. Some of our ultimate dream home essentials were:

// A garage. We need storage and lots of it.
// Great natural light. For photo taking, obviously!
// Close proximity to a Post Office or post box. #SmallBizLife!
// Plenty of worktop space in the kitchen. To encourage us to actually cook.

Once you have a great list, here’s the fun part – what are your preferred qualities in a home? Be totally crazy and indulgent with this one if you want. Some of our preferences were:

// Bags of character. Nothing specific, but maybe a nice fireplace or exposed brick walls
// A hallway. Our old house opened up straight into the living room.
// Close to shops, pubs, civilisation. We don’t have a car.
// An attic room. I told you this could be entirely indulgent!

For our Essentials we assigned a three tiered system of 30, 20 or 10 points depending on how the house rated in that category. Maybe there was a really tiny fitted kitchen, but loads of space to build worktops into? If the house didn’t have a garage at all, it scored a big fat 0. Similarly we scored our Preferences, but as these weren’t as important we switched up the system to score just 15, 10 or 5 points. We also scored on price and location too as those things are super important.

Dream Home Checklist

We made a note of whether we’d viewed the house or not, because places look entirely different in real life than they do on fancy estate agent photographs, so what we scored based on online listings was subject to change. That said, we decided on a threshold number and if a house we’d seen online didn’t shape up we eliminated it from our viewings list. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to see them all.

Because I love you, I’ve made you a super fun and pretty checklist all of your own! Download and print out one for each house on your viewing list and keep them all together in a folder with all your important paperwork. If you’re really fancy you could take a polaroid at each house viewing too!


Once you’ve scored each section, pop your total in the circle at the bottom so you can see at a glance which houses you liked best. Sometimes you have to go with your heart and sometimes you have to go with your head, but using this scoring system saved us a massive headache when choosing a house to put an offer in on. It’s scary to pay so much money for something you probably know very little about, so at least this way you know you can justify your choices and hopefully that sick to your stomach feeling will lessen just a little. Good luck finding your dream home!!

Want to see sneak peeks of our renovation journey? Follow along on Instagram as we shop for fun home wares and pick out paint samples!
Loves x xx

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