If you are looking for a new home — whether it is a single-family dwelling, a townhouse, an apartment, or a condo — you fall into the almost record-breaking demographic of individuals who relocated or planned to relocate within the past year, according to Pew Research Center. If you do choose to buy a home, be sure to check your credit score and get your paperwork and finances in order before you find a real estate agent to find your dream home. By doing this, you’ll better understand what you can afford.
Though you may know you want a home with three bedrooms, central air conditioning, or an in-ground pool, be sure to include the many other factors that determine a home’s livability in your calculations. Below are six for your consideration.
- The Home’s Amenities and Layout
The most obvious factors to include on your list of wants and needs can include the amenities, the physical structure of the house, as well as its layout. Do you need a bedroom for each of your children? Perhaps you want a first-floor master bedroom or the ability to turn a spare room into a home office. Those who enjoy cooking may opt for a larger kitchen or a DripDry cabinet dish rack. A high-quality drip-dry rack can offer an easy installment experience, eliminate clutter on the countertops, and save space in the kitchen overall.
- The Home’s Proximity to Desired Locations
Consider whether the home’s location is vastly different from your previous residences before you commit. If you’re moving from the city to the country, you may not be able to walk anywhere. On the other hand, moving to a more densely populated location can cut down on gas prices and expose your family to more activities.
- The Home’s Appearance
If you notice chipping paint, splitting wood, or a roof that needs to be replaced, factor these costs into your negotiations as you will likely have to fix these issues yourself if the seller does not. Consider whether it would be a better idea to buy a fixer-upper with potential over a newer home with no cosmetic issues.
- The Home’s Resale Value
A three-bedroom home in the suburbs near a great school is sure to re-sell at a great price. A cottage in the forest that’s miles away from town with unusual architecture or odd decorations may not be as quick of a resale. Think about these things as you plan your family’s future in the home.
- The Home’s Safety
If you plan to rent an apartment on the fourth floor, is there an elevator, or will you be carrying groceries up flights of stairs? Would you be comfortable letting your kids walk to a friends’ house? Such questions should be in mind when evaluating your potential home’s safety.
- The Rest of the Property
If you are an avid gardener, you probably won’t want to buy a house without a yard. If you have a physical disability or you do not have time to care for a lawn, consider whether you have the means to hire another person to do it for you or think about choosing a home with less green space.
Buying or renting one new home over another is a very personal decision, but taking these six factors into account can help steer you in the right direction. Consider the home’s appearance, floor plan, safety, and how you will care for it in the future to come up with your own system of rating its livability.
Charlotte Meier’s mission is shared through Home Safety Hub: to help people live safely in their homes