At Coldwell Banker Preferred, Realtors® in Bakersfield, we know that when you’re looking for a new home, you have an idea in mind of what you want it to look like, how many rooms it should have, and even where it may be located. While those are all great things to consider, it’s also good to think about the features that you want in a house. Do you want hardwood flooring throughout, or would you rather have carpet? Do you want a master bath with both a shower and a tub, or a combination of the two?

While it may be necessary to compromise on a few things when buying a new house, there’s nothing wrong with having certain features in mind. Keep reading to learn more and please contact us right away with any questions!


Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is often at the top of many a homebuyer’s list, and for good reason. Hardwood can look beautiful in nearly every room, and it can also be easy to maintain. While carpeting does lessen the noise of foot traffic in the house, it can be difficult to clean and keep looking good. As you’re looking at houses, take note of which ones have hardwood flooring and which ones have carpeting. If there is carpet, then you can always tear it out and put in hardwood, but if you can avoid that expense by purchasing a house with hardwood already in place, then why not do it?

Bathroom and Kitchen Layouts

For many people, two of the most important rooms of the house are the bathroom and the kitchen. You’re going to spend time in these rooms every single day, whereas you may not use the living room or the dining room all the time. The layout of the bathroom and kitchen can play a big role in which home you choose to buy, as well as what features each space has.

In the bathroom, particularly the master bath, you may want a separate shower and bathtub, along with a double vanity. Your current home may have only one sink in the master bath, and you know how frustrating it can be to wait for your turn in front of the mirror in the morning.

As for the kitchen, you may prefer a gas range over an electric range, and you might be looking for a wall oven instead of a conventional oven. Most modern kitchens have dishwashers, but is it in the counter next to the sink, or is it integrated into the kitchen island? Some of these features may seem trivial, but for someone who loves to cook and entertain, they can make all the difference!

A Big Backyard

The home you choose to buy isn’t restricted to just four walls and a roof. The front yard and backyard are important parts of the property, and when it comes to a space for the kids or entertaining friends and neighbors, the backyard needs to be just right. While you may be fine with any type of flooring or any type of layout for the kitchen or bathroom, one of your must-haves is a big backyard. You want to be able to put up a swingset for the kids, or you may envision having an outdoor kitchen at some point in the future. If the backyard is at the top of your list when buying a home, then our Realtors® will make sure to show you houses that offer exactly what you want.

Contact Us Today

Buying a new house can be overwhelming, but once you make a list of features that you’d like to have, you can begin your search with confidence. Contact our team in Bakersfield today to see how we can help you find the perfect property that fits both your list of features and your budget.

We look forward to hearing from you!