Buying a Home

Top Features to Look for in a New Home Now

March 7, 2019

Spring is coming and that means more people are on the move! If house hunting is on the docket for you in 2019, this is the place to be. While you’re sure to notice the number of bedrooms and the curb appeal of any home, you may find yourself thinking back on your tours with unanswered questions. It’s not uncommon to ask yourself later “Did that home have a linen closet?” or “Was there a spot for a BBQ grill?” Walking away with questions is a common problem and that’s why we’re outlining some top features to keep top of mind when looking for a new home.

1.   Outdoor spaces

When it comes to shopping for a new home, the indoor spaces usually take priority. After all, that’s where you’ll spend the most time. But don’t forget to take a hard look outdoors, especially in the colder months when it may not feel necessary. Top questions you may want to consider include:

  • Does the outdoor space look manageable maintenance-wise?
  • Is there a spot for a garden?
  • Is the space conducive to pets and children?
  • How can I entertain in this space?
  • What outdoor furniture will I need to take advantage of this space?

 2.   Office/study spaces

Another overlooked or misunderstood aspect of the home search is the office space. Many times people take the number of bedrooms they need and then add one to use as an office. For example:

1 bedroom = parents
1 bedroom = daughter
1 bedroom = son
1 bedroom = office
Total…4 bedrooms!

However, when you’re searching online, overstating the bedroom minimum to include an office may eliminate homes that meet your needs. Many of our homes feature studies, tech centers, lofts and finished basements that could work well as an office. If you require a dedicated office, be flexible on the bedroom count and take note of niches and spaces as you tour with that function in mind.

3.   Storage spaces

Another tip for house touring…open every door! While you may be laser-focused on the size and function of the rooms in your potential new home, don’t forget to assess the storage areas. Linen closets, bedroom closets, garage space, pantries and the like are notoriously overlooked. Ask yourself questions such as “Where would I store cleaning tools?” and “Where would I keep pet supplies?” You may even take a measuring tape if you want a by-the-numbers estimate of how the storage areas compare to your current living space.

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