When you go out looking for a home, you have a general if not exact idea of what you are wanting. Hopefully you have a list of “must haves”. If you don’t have this, then I highly recommend making this a must to take with you when you are looking at homes. Here is a great list from HUD you can print out.
You don’t want to settle for less when it comes to this list, even if it means letting go of the almost perfect home. “This home is perfect except it is not in the neighborhood we are wanting. Just a little more travel is ok, we can handle this because we are getting the home we want.” Think twice before you sacrifice desired location on a house!