When you’re viewing homes for sale, you want to make the most of the experience. The last thing you want is to go home and wonder, “Will our sofa fit in that second house we saw?” That’s why coming prepared is important. Here’s what to bring:

• A Checklist: Before heading out, jot down essential features and attributes you’re looking for in a home. How many bedrooms? Home office space? A street with quick access to public transit?

• Measuring Tape: Will your desk fit in the home office nook? How about that dining table? A measuring tape can help you visualize your belongings in the space and avoid any unwelcome surprises later. (Remember to bring a list of key furniture items and their measurements too!)

• Comfortable Shoes: You might be walking quite a bit, especially if you’re viewing multiple homes in a day or touring extensive properties. Dress for comfort so you can focus on the homes and not on sore feet.

• Notebook and Pen: Make notes about each property – the good, the bad, and the in-between. These will be invaluable when you’re comparing homes later on.

By packing these essentials, you’ll be well-prepared to find a home that not only meets your needs but feels like, well, home.