When you’re looking for a new home, your first inclination may be to look for bigger, bigger, BIGGER! But before you sign on the dotted line for that 4,000 square foot home, here are a few things you should consider before upsizing your home.
If you’re a young couple welcoming your first child into the world, or if you’re an older couple welcoming your boomerang child back into your home, or even if your family has decided to care for an aging family member, then perhaps you need a bit more space. Because, let’s face it, you can’t fit a growing family in a one bedroom condo in the middle of the city.
Look for homes with enough space to accommodate everyone comfortably, but also with the functionality you need. For new parents, you may want to look for a home with all bedrooms on the same floor. In the other two scenarios, a home with an in-law suite may be ideal.
If you have an active toddler, a giant home where every room is walled off is probably not what you want. Silence is golden, unless you have a little one, then silence is very suspicious! Your current house may have the space you need for your family, but the layout doesn’t function. In this instance, look for homes with open floor plans and clear sightlines from where you’ll be and where your little ones play.
If you’re accustomed to city living and looking for a bigger house, prepare for your lifestyle to change a bit. This is an instance where you’re going to want to weigh the pros and the cons for your lifestyle. Moving into a bigger home often means moving farther away from the center of the big city. But that’s not to say that it’s a bad thing! Many neighborhoods in the outlying metro area have thriving communities with great shopping, dining, and entertainment. And, depending on location, it may be an easy commute to all the action!
As you are thinking about upsizing your home, think about your family’s needs, your lifestyle preferences, and your ease of commute. That should help you figure out what will work best for you. In either case, give us a call. I know we can help you find the home that fits you perfectly!
Keeping it real,
The Cloninger Properties Team