Everyone has a dream house in mind. But in reality very few are lucky to get a very good house with all that they want. You have to compromise on certain things. Make sure that you dont compromise on any of the below.
* “LOCATION” this is the most important thing to be considered.We lived in this city for around 4 years so we kind of short listed certain locations which were reasonably closer to work and grocery shops etc
* “SCHOOL”since in US the houses have assigned schools. Make sure that elementary,middle and high schools are good based on the age of your kids.Though you can try to enroll your kids in other schools it is not guaranteed you will get a spot.
* “STRUCTURAL PLAN” Do you want a one story or a two story house?? How many bedrooms in the house ??. Master bedroom upstairs or downstairs??Are you particular to have a room and a bath downstairs for your parents when they visit you and things like that.One tip is never have your bedroom and laundry in different floors that is really a pain.Do you want two car or three car garage??.Based on your requirements choose a good floor plan.
You cannot change the above things once you have bought a house. For all other interiors make sure you have the list of things that you really want in the house (a must) and what all you can compromise.Owning a house is a very big commitment .Think well before you take the big step.