While there has been a real surge of people looking to downsize their homes over the past few years, that doesn’t make up the entire housing market. For many homeowners currently looking for a new place, there is a desire to upsize and look for something that gives them a whole lot more space. Maybe they have a growing family, perhaps they have transitioned to working from home and now need dedicated home office space, maybe storage is an issue, or they just like that a larger home gives everyone a chance to settle into their own space.
If you’re looking for a larger home, here are some essential tips to use to ensure you find exactly what you want.
How Much Space Will Be Enough for You?
A good way to start your search is by determining how much space you need. What would be the bare minimum that will make you happy? Setting this parameter will instantly narrow down your choices. Your ideal size of a home may be a specific square footage, the number of bathrooms, number of bedrooms, or just the number of rooms in general. It needs to fit with your needs, expectations, and your lifestyle.
You can always speak to a real estate agent like those at Kirby and Christina Real Estate to figure out what the best size home would be for you.
Where is the Extra Space?
Next, it’s time to examine where all the added space is located in the layout. Simply reading the square footage of a house doesn’t always give a complete enough picture. It’s much better to get measurements of actual rooms and determine how much useable space there is.
For example, larger homes are often known for having big entryways. While this may look grand and eye-catching, this isn’t a useable space. This is exactly why the layout is so important.
How Much Work Will You Need to Put Into It?
It doesn’t matter if you’re purchasing an older home or a brand new one, there will always be work to do. It’s just a matter of whether the work is small and cosmetic or major fixes that will need to be addressed immediately. These considerations will need to be included in your budget and your timeline. Sure, you may like the listing price, and the renovations may be affordable, but also consider how long they will take to complete and if you will be able to handle living in a renovation zone.
The Location Has to Factor In
This is a tip that should be used by all buyers, regardless of the size of the home they are looking at. The location should always be a top priority. It will determine if the house is right for your lifestyle, your commute to and from work, if it works for families (if you have kids), safety, and will also affect the resale value if that’s something you are concerned about.
Ready to Make a Move
Each of these factors will help you find the right house for your lifestyle and needs.