Do you want one-floor living or a first-floor master bedroom?
■ Do you need extra bedrooms for your adult children or guests?
■ Do you want a garage? Storage room? A basement?
■ Does your existing furniture have to fit in the new house, or can you downsize there too?
■ Are you willing to move to a new town?
■ Are you willing to sell your house first, then rent until you find a desirable house?
Boston Globe May 15, 2011