Virtually every homebuyer wants to find the perfect home that appeals to them. Location, architectural style, size, and price are all important factors. Too often, people like what they see but forget to consider if the house fits the way they actually live. Here are three lifestyle factors to consider when looking at prospective homes.
1. Do You Like Projects or Do You Want Turn Key?
Some people enjoy renovating and fixing things around their house. These are the people who aren't daunted by a fixer-upper and instead see a home they can paint, refinish, spend long hours lovingly restoring, and bringing it back to its former glory, all while making it their own. For these people, an older home with big character may be their dream home.
If living with endless major projects and a never-ending to-do list doesn't sound like your idea of fun, however, new construction housing or an older home that has already undergone renovation and is in move-in ready condition will likely be more suitable.
Be sure to carefully analyze both your skills and the amount of time and energy you can realistically put towards home improvements before making an offer on a home that needs work. There are residential real estate properties that can suit your needs and desires.
2. Do You Like Wide Open Spaces?
An open floor plan has been popular for 20–30 years now, but are these wide spatial expanses really suitable for everyone? No. Some families do prefer to have a large gathering space, with a combination living area and eat-in kitchen. This desire is common when children are young and need more supervision. But in families with older children, the need for separate and private spaces often becomes more desirable.
Really think about the way each member of your household spends their time. And keep in mind, an open floor plan can make it harder to keep it looking tidy or virtually impossible to carve out a quiet space, such as the sudden need for a home office during a pandemic. A traditional home with individual rooms may or may not better suit your needs.
3. How Do You Relax?
Do you like to work out and stay active? A house with enough room for a gym and near walking trails might be right for you. Do you envision frequently entertaining friends and family? A house with a swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, and plenty of space for everyone will make that a reality. Your real estate agent can better help you find the home of your dreams if you consider your lifestyle in addition to location, price, and the number of bedrooms.