Unlike a car or dryer, getting the wrong home or a home in the wrong neighborhood is a decision that will plague a family for years or even decades. Therefore, the first step in shopping for a home is to determine what one's priorities are. The size and design of a home is a very common and very important priority for home buyers. Those expecting a big family will want a large multi-family home, while single people or couples with no kids will want a smaller home. Equally as important, however, is the kind of neighborhood in which the home is located. For some people it's a neighborhood with short commutes to jobs or good schools. Others are looking for areas with low property taxes, while some prefer houses with a set number of bedrooms and bathrooms. Eco-conscious home buyers might be looking for homes with solar energy or sufficient yard space for gardens. Regardless of one's priorities, it will be necessary for shoppers to make a list of what is important to them, and narrow their search accordingly.