You have spent the last several weekends looking at homes and have found two that you are interested in. One is a large two-story home in the middle of the woods while the other is rancher-style in a small neighborhood. Each house has their own merits but now you have to make the decision. Which home should you choose? Let’s take a moment to help you decide which house is right for you.
Avoid the Square Footage Trap
Many buyers seem to get caught in the trap of square footage. While a 2,000 square foot home may sound perfect, how much of the home is actually useable space? The average home has two separate square footages: non-usable and unable square footage. Non-usable square footage includes areas like hallways, countertops, stairs, and other areas of the home you don’t live in or use occasionally. It is important to know how much of the home is actually livable space and how much is devoted to non-usable space. You should also think about how much square footage you actually want in a home. Think of your home’s current needs and how much you may need in the future. Don’t get sucked into buying a huge home if you aren’t going to be using all of the space.
Don’t Expect Perfection
This is a trap many homebuyers fall for: looking for a home that is perfect. Unfortunately, not many houses that have been lived in are perfect. You may not like the paint color, the bathroom, or the kitchen. Instead of looking at a home’s flaws, think about what you could change in the home to make it perfect for you.
Choose a Floor Plan, Not the Finishes
Even if you do not like the house’s features, how do you feel about the floor plan? You can change a lot about the house but without major renovations, you won’t be able to change the floor plan. Does the house feel nice? Does the floor plan feel “off” to you? These are things you won’t be able to fix quickly. Choose a house with the right floor plan and room size for your life, you can always change the finishes later.
Know Your Non-Negotiables
When you start thinking about a house, make a list of needs and stick to them. Every homeowner should know what their non-negotiables are. These things are typically about the area itself such as living by a mall or a busy intersection. If these things will make you miserable down the road, don’t buy that house across from the shopping mall.
You should buy a life, not the address. No matter how much you like the home, if it doesn’t fit your lifestyle down the road, it won’t make you happy. If you love to cook and entertain, make sure the house has space for both. Make sure your home has space for your current and future lifestyle. For more information on finding your new home, call Simply Referable today!
Call Simply Referable!
There are any number of obscure and strange real estate laws in Maryland. The small team of realtors at Simply Referable will be happy to help guide you through the thicket. Each of our team members has an area of expertise, and we strive to form lasting bonds with each of our clients. We want to be your go-to realtors every time you or a friend wants to make a change. With local experience, our realtors can help you choose a house that is just the right fit for your family, now and forever. Contact us online or give us a call at 410-983-9045.