When looking for real estate, it is not unusual to set one’s sights on a minimum and maximum number of square feet. While it is certainly a good idea to set a range in mind based on the needs of your family, you should also be cognizant of the configuration of the homes you look at. Floor plans are all a bit of give and take. If one room is exceptionally large, others have to be smaller to compensate. The key is deciding what works best for your lifestyle.
The first thing to decide is how many bedrooms and bathrooms you need. The real estate market is categorized with these criteria in place, so you can easily weed out those that don’t have enough or too many. Keep in mind that it is sometimes a good idea to go with one or two more bedrooms than your current circumstances dictate to allow for a growing family or to avoid buying real estate that won’t appreciate. For example, one- and two-bedroom homes and those with only one bathroom are not as popular as three-bedroom homes with two or more bathrooms. An extra bedroom could come in handy as a home office, guest room, large walk-in pantry, hobby room, den, or to rent out for added income.
The next thing to consider is where you and your family spend the most time. If that is the kitchen or living room, make sure those are large enough for everyone to be comfortable. Just be careful that these rooms are not so large that other rooms you also use are compromised in size to a point that will be too inconvenient.
Here at Ring the Bell Realty, we have seen homes that are mammoth in size, yet had configurations that few families would find acceptable, and we’ve seen smaller homes that were laid out beautifully. That is how we know that square footage isn’t the only indication of a home that will work out. We have the experience in real estate you need to assist you with the ideal marriage between configuration and square footage, so your new home fits your family’s needs. Call today to learn more.