What to think about when looking for homes

Most people have an idea of what it is they want in their next home. Whether it’s your first home, your retirement home, or just a step up, most people have a preconceived notion of what it is they are looking for.

Selecting the right sized home

Smaller may work better for you.

I read an interesting article in the November edition of Success magazine by Melissa Balmain. The article was about living with less and loving it. Most of the article was about paring down to the basics and enjoying life more but there was a section that resonated with me that can help all home buyers

She talks about considering how much of your current home you are actually using. If you are stepping up in a home, or paring down, consider what rooms in your current home that see very little family traffic. She also suggests that people buy homes with a “what if” mentality. What if in-laws are in town for overnight visits, or a child comes back to live briefly, or you have a big party. The article says people will spend an extra $100,000 on their home to prepare for a contingency that comes up maybe once a year, suggesting that designing a house around how you’ll use it 95% of the time makes more sense. I agree!

Another thing that folks tend to do is look at every home through the filter of “will my bedroom set fit here?” or “is the dining room big enough for my breakfront?” By being able to let go of certain furnishings, the options available to you will open up tremendously.

I thought these tips were worth passing on. I’d love to help you find the next house.

Enjoy the day.

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