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Last Updated on April 15, 2021
House hunting is overwhelming, especially now when every other house is on the market. There are a lot of things to look for, from checking to be sure your furniture will fit to making sure you are near enough to all the amenities you want, this is a big life choice you are making. We’ve put together a few things you may want to consider on your house hunt.
How Will Your Furniture Fit?
While you’re probably thinking about how much pizza to offer your friends when you move into your new home, you should also be thinking about how your furniture will fit. It’s not just about getting it in the house but how you’ll be able to walk around your home with all your furniture inside. Bedrooms are often the biggest part of this since most adults sleep on a queen or king size bed, and your standard queen measures 60 by 80 inches which can be a challenge in homes designed for full sized beds. Of course you may be looking for a literal bedroom with just a bed in it so an older home may be your thing. Going into a home with the general idea of your furniture’s sizes will also allow you to picture where things will go to make sure your home flows and doesn’t feel over stuffed.
Does This House Suit My Needs?
Maybe you love to cook and need a kitchen with a lot of preparation surfaces, or your hobby is woodworking so you need a shed to create your masterpieces, either way, you need a home that works for your passions. An avid gardener will want a home with a sunny, level yard and excellent drainage to grow all the veggies and flowers possible. A movie buff and who has friends over regularly for movie night will look for a room that can be used as a mini-movie theater. It is really important to choose the house with the spaces you need to make a home feel like it is yours.
Do You Want Things Move-In Ready?
It is really common that houses are marketed as a good deal if they need upgrades or even a full gut and renovation. Those can be a great deal if you are looking for a fixer-upper, but if you want a turn-key home you are not alone. Around 34% of recent buyers want to avoid renovations and problems with plumbing or electricity. Leave the fixer-uppers to the flippers and get a home you can move in and decorate right away if that’s your thing. If not, put in the sweat equity and transform a distressed home into your dream home. Knowing what amount of work you want to put into your new home will help you narrow down your choices.
Is the Location Near Your Normal Activities?
If you like to go hiking, then you probably want your new home to be an easy drive to your favorite trails. Maybe you love to go out to eat and want to be able to walk home. Thinking about what you will do outside of your home can really impact the location of your home search. If your kids were part of the 11.6 million children who went fishing in the U.S in 2017, then you’ll probably be looking for a place with well-seeded water sources so they can continue their passion. What you and your family do for fun needs to be a part of your home search.
Keeping these in mind will really help you narrow down your search and cut contenders out once you’ve seen them in person. A home near your favorite things, with enough space for your stuff and matches your passions may be perfect.