For Buyers

Make a house-hunting checklist

 Before you begin the search for your perfect eastern North Carolina home, the professionals at Tyre Realty Group suggest that you think about what you need -- and want.

 Sure, you've got to have a roof over your head, but you should consider the amenities that will make a house your perfect home. Your list of requirements will help you and your agent with your search.

 And when you know your preferences in advance, you'll be confident you've found the right home when you see it.

 Take into consideration the opinions and desires of everyone who will be living in the home. Some of these things will be deal breakers for you and your family. Other things may not matter to you at all, which opens up all sorts of options.

 Your preferences may change as you begin house hunting, so let your agent know about the things you like and don't like in the homes you tour.

 Remember, some of the things you desire may be possible with a bit of renovation, so don't judge a potential property too quickly. You may be able to create an open floor plan easily or add a deck inexpensively. As long as the home meets most of your other criteria, keep your mind open to the home's possibilities.

 Here are some specifics you should consider before you begin house hunting. Create a NEED list and a WANT list and share them with your agent.

 Is this your starter home, dream home, retirement home, second home, rental home? 

 What type of house do you prefer?

  • Single-family home, condo or town home
  • New construction or existing home (maximum age you would consider)
  • A fixer-upper or a house that's move-in ready

What about location?

  • In the largest Pitt County town of Greenville. NC
  • Smaller Pitt County towns like Winterville, Farmville, Ayden, Grifton, etc.
  • In a neighborhood or a rural area of Pitt County
  • Near your workplace, hospital, downtown
  • In a particular school district or near East Carolina University or Pitt Community College

What style of home do you prefer?

  • Contemporary
  • Traditional
  • Colonial
  • Victorian
  • Ranch
  • Modern
  • Cottage

One-story or multiple stories?

Exterior:

  • Brick
  • Vinyl
  • Wood
  • Stone
  • Stucco

What do you want included in the floor plan?

  • Basement
  • Attic
  • Foyer
  • Open floor plan
  • Formal living room
  • Formal dining room
  • Great room
  • Family room
  • Home office
  • Recreation room
  • Laundry room
  • Mud room
  • Home theater
  • In-law suite
  • Garage

Bedrooms:

Minimum number

Master

  • on the first floor?
  • suite with bath?
  • walk-in closet?
  • sitting area?

Nursery

Kid's room(s)

Guest room(s)

Bathrooms:

minimum number of full baths

powder room/half-bath

first-floor full bath

shared Jack-and-Jill bath between two rooms

Master bath:

  • single or double sinks
  •  jetted garden tub
  •  stand-alone shower

Kitchen:

Counter-top materials

Cabinet color/style

  • Gas range
  • Double ovens
  • Center work island
  • Pantry
  • Eat-in bar
  • Breakfast nook
  • Eat-in kitchen
  • Sitting area

Interior details:

  • Hardwood floors or wall-to-wall carpeting
  • Fireplace -- wood-burning or gas
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Built-in bookcase
  • Ceiling fans
  • Linen closet

Exterior details:

  • Deck
  • Screened-in porch
  • Patio
  • Fenced yard
  • Shed
  • Detached workshop
  • Paved driveway
  • Mature trees
  • Foundation plantings

 The Tyre Realty Group team of real estate professionals has years of experience and expertise in the Greenville, NC, market. We will work with you every step of the way until you are handed the keys to your new home.