What to Consider Before Moving into a New Home

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When searching for a new home there are many things to consider: location, size, space and design, to name a few. If building a new home is not an option for you, finding the closest thing to your dream home is the next best thing. To ensure that the needs and wants of your family are met, evaluate potential new homes based on the following factors. Some may be more important to you than others, but all factors should be taken into account before making this life-changing decision.

Location of Your New Home

Of course the first thing on your mind when looking for a new home will be the location. Likely, you will have a specific area in mind, due to a change in your occupation, your spouse’s occupation, or familial matters that require you to move close to another family member. On the other hand, maybe you just want a fresh start in a new city. In this case, you will start by narrowing down geographic areas based on your lifestyle from city, rural or suburbs and work your way down from there. In either case, you will want to make sure that the location suits your lifestyle and will accommodate your work life, personal life, and the lives of your family members. It’s possible that not all family members will agree on the same place. Deciding on the perfect location for your new home will require a compromise for all parties involved.

Size of Your New Home

Once you’re set on the location of your new home, you’ll want to start looking at specific homes on the market. One of the most important factors when choosing a home is the size of the property. Firstly, the size of the lot, or the land, will have an affect on the price of the home and the amount of space available for backyard and front yard features. If you want a backyard with enough space for a pool, garden, playset for children, open grass for hosting parties, or all of the above, you will definitely want to take the size of lot into account. The size of the front yard is also important if you have a preference on the landscaping and appearance of the front of the home. Additionally, the size of the driveway may influence your decision if you have multiple cars.
Now, perhaps even more importantly is the size of the interior of the home. If you and your spouse are empty-nesters, you may not want a home that is so large that it often feels empty. On the other hand, if you have many children you’ll want to be sure that all family members will fit comfortably, especially in the bedrooms. It’s essential to not move into a home that your family will soon outgrow, or to overpay for a home which is far too large. Each room should also be evaluated individually, as far as size goes. How many bedrooms and bathrooms are in the home? And what are the dimensions of these rooms? Will this accommodate all members of the family? Will the kitchen, living room, and dining room allow for all members, and guests, to fit comfortably? Come with a list of considerations and write down your observations, that way you can compare all of your options when making your final decision.

Special Features

Once you’ve determined that the size is appropriate, you’ll want to learn more about the special features that come with the house. Maybe you decided that you want a house with a garage, to keep your antique car safe. Or maybe you are moving somewhere warm and you want a porch, but central air will also be a necessity. Some families want a basement for children to play or for the possibility of creating specialty rooms. Some specialty rooms that may come with a house include a playroom or game room, an office, a guest room, a library, a fitness room or a sun room. These special features may not be a necessity, or deal breakers, when choosing a new home, but they are certainly perks that could sway your decision one way or the other.

Home Design and Space

The design and space of the house may also be a factor in your decision depending on how much you plan on altering the new home. The architectural design of the house is relatively difficult and expensive to alter severely, so if you dislike the outside of the home, it’s likely not the house for you. However, the interior design of the home can more easily be changed to reflect your style and design preference. If you don’t have the time, energy, or financial resources to alter the design of the home, you will want to consider this when choosing a new home. Some homeowners may decide to leave some, or all, of their furniture to you when moving out. If their interior design style is similar to yours, this is a huge perk that you’ll want to consider. If you’re planning on moving all of the furniture in your current home to your new home, you will need to evaluate the space in each room. Will your furniture and decor fit into the space of the room? Will the items fit in a way that makes sense? Will the room be aesthetically pleasing and comfortable for guests? If you can easily picture your furniture in certain spots of a room and envision what it would look like, that’s a good sign. Of course you could always buy new furniture or decor, but if you’re on a budget this will be a very important factor in your decision. Those who have very particular preferences in architectural design should consider building a new home so they have full control over the size and space of the house.


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