The following is a guest post on things to look for while choosing your new home. We are not home owners yet but, have dreams about our first home. Well, every one should have big dreams about the first home. Enjoy the post!
With so many options for housing in today’s market, it can be tough to know what to look for in a new home. On top of the options between a house, apartment or flat, there are other things to think about such as kitchen size, closet space and more.
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Homes built in the early 1900’s had miniature closets. Home buyers touring older homes will see how limited the closet space was back then compared to closets today. In the past, women had a few good dresses and maybe two pairs of shoes. Men had even less. They had two suits and a few casual pairs of pants. The closets were adequate for their needs. Men and women today have hundreds of shoes for every situation. Boots, dress shoes, casuals, heels and flats must all fit in the same space and be readily available.
Closets will be in style for years. The huge walk-in closet will be popular today and ten years from now. It’s an important feature that appeals to the new generation of home buyers.
More and more people are bringing their jobs home with them. They are checking emails, talking to clients and making sales from home. They need a dedicated space away from the main house to conduct business.
Often an extra bedroom can be converted into a usable home office space. During a tour, home buyers will check for a dedicated home office space and if one isn’t provided, they will convert each room in their heads to fit their needs. If it’s a three bedroom space, potential home buyers will see two bedrooms and a home office.
The trend in new homes is hardwood floors. While older homes were covered in carpet, newer homes are opening up the space by providing beautiful hardwood floors. If the new homeowner wants carpet, they can cover the floors in rugs.
The space is easier to maintain with hardwood floors than with wall to wall carpeting that can get dirty and worn. Often in older homes, new buyers will frown at the carpet and peel up corners to see what’s underneath it.
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Young couples might want wide open spaces to watch their growing family play, but most of the new generation of home buyers want local amenities. They aren’t looking for acres of land to mow. They have busy lifestyles, and they want property that is part of a community.They want a home near their favorite restaurants, clubs, gyms and businesses.
Whatever home you are looking for, remember that you always have options to suit any budget. Remember to think about what you can afford, and what you can borrow. Make sure to look for a lender with great repayment options.
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SB’s Thoughts – Although we do not have a kid yet. We will definitely try for a home in a good school district. I’ll also look for enough garden space. I have this fantasy to set up a butterfly garden and a small green house. I would like to have enough space for that.
SMB would go for an island kitchen, that I know. Locality is a big factor too. We live in south Florida, the cities here are well landscaped, manicured and lush green, so, wherever we buy our home it will be in a scenic surrounding, so I am not worried about beauty and serenity factors that much.
I would like our home to be near a super market that will save time and gas. But, the biggest thing I’d pay attention to is the age and the structural strength of the property, including the roof.
Readers, what did you look for when you first purchased your home? For those who are not a home owner yet, what are your thoughts?