The following post is a guest post from the other Avky Inc co-founder, Aleksandr Vasser. Aleksandr is a chemical engineer, real estate expert and entrepreneur in Phoenix.

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“My home must have…”

This is something I hear so many people rattle off. That long list of “must haves” in regards to their house hunting wish list. Things such as this make me wonder if these people are really planning to find a home! Sure, it’s preferred to have an idea of some things you want to find in a home. Remember, though, that items carved in stone can cause the whole stone column to crumble.

A good way to handle your wish list is by listing items that are necessary (separating wants from needs). Examples of this are the numbers of bedrooms and bathrooms, or if your home should or should not be one story. If you plan on having pets, or wanting a pool, or a large yard, this would also be considered a necessity.

If you are disabled or can’t tolerate the thought of stairs, you may want to consider only single-story floor plans in your area. Other things may include access to schools, public transportation, cooling systems, and more.

Separating Wants from Needs

On another paper, you might list options you would like, but can live without. These are your wants. Things like green wallpaper in the kitchen (these things can always be changed). An extra room for a computer, gym, or sewing machine. A built-in entertainment center, a self-cleaning oven, and landscaped yard, the list goes on. These are all things that can be changed with very little effort on your part. They shouldn’t be the final deciding point in whether or not you buy a home! However, they can be the deciding point on which of several homes you can choose from.

The point being made here is that it is a bad idea to eliminate homes based on a lack of one or two luxury must-haves. I can tell you that I have a friend who has sold countless homes to people who, at first glance, would not have even looked at the home if they would have mentioned “there’s no pool” or “the basement is unfinished”. It’s incredible how many other plusses can eliminate a must-have. Keep an idea of what you want in a home, but keep the ideas very separate from actual must-haves, and also the two lists have surprisingly little to do with one another.

Maintain an open mind in regards to house hunting. Always remember that cosmetic choices can always be modified to fit the family.

Aleksandr Vasser can be reached on Twitter at @aleksandrvass1.