Choosing a new waterfront home in Kirkland, or in the surrounding area, can be a thrilling experience. Finding that perfect property can involve countless hours of research and planning. When you are ready to start the hunt for a luxury waterfront home, we are here to help. We want you to truly love the house you choose and to enjoy all that waterfront living has to offer.
If you are trying to determine how you will ever make the choice between one waterfront property and another, we are here to help. Check out this handy guide for how to decide which waterfront home is right for you.
Start With A List of Must Haves
The first step you should begin with is listing out exactly what you want from your waterfront home. During this initial practice, don’t leave anything out! Are you hoping for a large outdoor living space where you can grill, enjoy the sunsets, and sunbathe in the summer? Do you want a specific number of bedrooms?
Take the time to create a complete list, using some of the following prompts to help:
- Number of bedrooms
- Number of bathrooms
- Approximate square footage
- Yard size
- Style of the home (e.g. modern or classic)
- Type of water activities you want to have access to
- Specifics about the kitchen you hope to have
- Your own unique preferences
- Your price range
When you are writing down all these ideas, don’t neglect any thought that pops into your head. If you want a massive dining room that is perfect for entertaining, put that on your list. If the amount of natural light in the building matters to you, jot down some notes about your preference.
The goal during this initial exercise is to build out your dream home. By creating a list with the attributes that home and property has, you will be able to aid your real estate agent in directing you to the best properties available.
Talk To Your Real Estate Agent About Your Dream
The next step is to sit down with your trusted real estate agent and discuss your dream home. Give your broker a copy of your list that you created in the exercise above. They will likely have questions for you about the specifics of each thing you wrote down. Be ready to explain exactly why some items are important to you, as well as to give an idea to them of what items are non-negotiable and what items might have a little wiggle room.
During this step, the most important thing will be having a real estate agent you can truly trust who understands waterfront living. Be sure they listen to you carefully and truly take the time needed to understand your dream.
Revisit Your List & Adjust
Now that you have talked to your trusted real estate agent, it is time to hear their feedback. They know the local market better than you do and they can help guide you toward what is realistic to expect.
During this process, it is important for you to keep an open mind. The dream list you created was a way to get every idea out there on paper. However, the reality is that it might not be plausible for you to get every single thing on the list when you first purchase a property. The good news is that your real estate agent should be able to help you determine what items could be addressed later and what possibilities open up if you can negotiate on some things.
For example, if you have a specific kitchen style in mind, you might be able to choose a property that meets all your other requirements but has a kitchen you hate because the kitchen could potentially be remodeled to meet your dream.
As another example, if you have some room to negotiate on budget, you might be able to open up a lot more properties to your search, which might in turn lead to finding the ideal luxury waterfront property.
Don’t Settle For What You Don’t Love
While in the above step we tell you that it is important to be flexible, we do not by any means think you should settle for anything less than what you love. Though it might be important to keep an open mind about what items can be changed in a home versus what can not, you still should absolutely adore your new waterfront home.
Here at Bryan Loveless & Associates, we are passionate about helping clients find a home that will make them happy for many years to come. We truly understand the beauty and benefits of a waterfront property in Kirkland and we want to pair you with the right location for your needs and ultimately to match your dream. If you have questions about any properties currently on the market, or you want to start working with our team to find your dream home, please reach out to us today. We look forward to helping you find the waterfront property of your dreams.