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Outgrowing Your House? How to Find the Right Sized Home For the Entire Family

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 31 January 2017 20:17

A home purchase occurs based on the present family. Of course, you add an extra room for guests, but you never expect to outgrow the home. Unfortunately, the home cannot hold the expanding family. You wish for more breathing room or less space. Reversibly, homes could be too large for empty nesters and elderly people to live in. So, how do families make living adjustments?

Home Analysis
Simple research on the property provides answers to total square feet. Total square feet don't explain room size. Therefore, measuring bedrooms, the living room, bathrooms, the kitchen, the garage, the porch, the deck, and the yard speak volumes. Measure the wall’s length and width. The room size determines whether the space require adjustment. Look at storage space objectively. Is more or less storage space necessary?

Pay attention to awkward shaped rooms. Is it hard to rearrange the furniture or move around awkward shaped rooms? The space outdoors is another concern for homeowners who desire privacy. Does the porch, deck, or yard provide adequate space for gatherings? Do you want proximity to neighbors? Do you prefer the home close to the street or far away? Make a mental note of all this with a realty company like
Coldwell Banker George Realty.

Future Outlook
Now, focus on the future. It's unlikely families will move again soon, so select a home that will adjust with you. Future plans examples are additional family members moving in, guest bedrooms, home offices, and entertainment space (gatherings, parties, barbecues, etc.).

Financial Analysis
Declaring a move is one thing. Acquiring the financial resources to move is entirely different. Homeowners should rely on a mortgage to assist with affordability. In case the mortgage doesn't come through, homeowners must gather finances from third-party loans and savings accounts. Nonetheless, ensure there are finances left to afford utilities, car notes, credit cards, groceries, and leisure. Likewise, homeowners need revenue from retirement accounts and emergency funds.

Market Analysis
A good realtor understands the inner workings of real estate. No case is too simple or complex for experienced, qualified, and diligent realtors. Since this realtor will become your best friend temporarily, in-person communication is necessary. There is too much personal information exchanging to trust a realtor who's shady or fraudulent. Channel comfort and security in realtors; first impressions or vibes say a lot.

A home upgrade or downgrade can be a stressful process. The right realtor can mix your preferences with financial and market fluctuations to conjure up the right home for evolving families.


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Lizzie Weakley

 About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball.

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