With so many choices and variables, how do you find the perfect fit?  Before you start your search, it’s a good idea to narrow down the playing field by looking at what would fit you best.  Here’s where to look:

Look Inside
What do you already own that your new home would need to accommodate?  If your dining suite is one that you cherish, use often and happens to be huge, then add “large dining room” to your ‘Must Have List’.  Carry this logic through your space and you should come to some conclusions about what is essential in a new home.  While you’re at it, take a look at your personal style; it can also give you valuable clues as to what you really want.  For example, if your style tends more to be clean lines and a modern look, then loft-like spaces or open concept homes will probably hold more appeal.

Look Outside
What is out in the world that catches your attention?  Is it a brick exterior or cedar shingles that make a house feel like a home to you?  Consider the different styles of houses that you like, and see if there are any common elements among them.  Another place to look is at the style and size of any new items you plan to acquire.  Taking an outside inventory of what appeals to you can help narrow down your search.

Look at Your Requirements
It’s helpful to take a head count and look at what features are vital to each member of your family.  How many of you are going to live there, and are any more expected shortly?  How many of you need home offices or parking spaces or playgrounds or workshops?  This will give you an idea of the size and number of rooms you require, as well as clues to locations or types of housing.  Make sure you include pets and consider what’s best for them.  This may move a fenced yard to the top of your list.

Look at Your Lifestyle
Look at your lifestyle to gain insight to your best locations.  If you’re planning to stay awhile, and are also planning on children (or already have them), then you’ll want to find a neighbourhood that’s kid friendly and has great schools.  Another consideration should be your work commute.  Make sure it has what you need, whether that’s access to public transportation or parking spots.

All in all, if you take the time to consider what’s really important to you, you should be able to find the house that is the right fit for you.