Distinguishing from what you want and what you really need in your new home can be tricky, because emotions can take over the decision-making process.

To stay on track, make separate lists of wants and needs.

Wants are features that would be nice to have. So ask yourself, “Can I live without it?” Needs are things you must have to fit your lifestyle.

Next, determine if a feature could be changed or added later. If you had your heart set on a deck or hardwood floors, ask your agent to help you determine the cost of adding them down the road. Talk it through with your agent so you can keep your emotions in check so you’ll find the home that’s just right for you.