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Buying a Home that Fits Your Lifestyle


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Finding the right home and one that truly fits your lifestyle is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your lifetime. It should fit your lifestyle and have the right floor plan and style you’ll love for years.

Size is important when considering a home. If you’ve got a large family, they probably won’t be comfortable in a small two-bedroom. Still, a sprawling ranch-style may not be the best choice unless it meets other needs – such as enough bathrooms.

Floor plans may vary according to location. For example, if you live in the city, floor plans may range from multi-level brownstones, while more suburban settings will give you more outdoor space and room to grow.

If you enjoy living in an urban area close to restaurants, shops, and other amenities, you should look for a downtown home that fits your style and needs.

Growing families may be better off in a country or suburban setting where schools and the neighborhood are important considerations. Think about your pets too. A home with a backyard may suit your needs more than having to get in an elevator each morning to walk the dog.

Do you like to entertain? Then, consider a floor plan that flows easily – not one chopped up, so you can’t visit with your guests while in the kitchen. A backyard or patio may also be desirable for hosting outdoor gatherings on beautiful weather days! 

Consider the layout of your new home more than the décor or fancy finishes. It should flow easily from room to room and be functional for what you love to do. Don’t choose based on a superb carpet in the living room but look for how welcoming it will seem to guests from a kitchen or foyer area.

If you need help visualizing a floor plan that will work for you, consider hiring a design professional for guidance. Your real estate agent may also point you in the right direction and help you consider things that aren’t visible, such as energy costs or Home Owners Association costs.

When considering your home purchase, consider whether you’re using your current furniture or buying new furniture that will better fit your floor plan. If you want to use your existing furniture, measure the area to be sure it will work.

While most of us tend to go over the top when purchasing a home, the price of those fancy features or location usually brings us back to earth. You know what you like, what you can live with, and what are absolute deal breakers.

Your instincts will usually guide you in the right direction. If a floor plan, style, and location “feels right,” it probably is. But use your common sense or consult an expert if you’re unsure about making a final decision. 

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