How Big Of A House Do I Need?

Tips To Help You Decide

Bigger is not always better when it comes to buying a house. In some cases, you won’t be needing an enormous 5-bedroom-4-bathroom-three-parking-spaces-in-a-garage house. You might only need a two-bedroom condo.

If you’re considering buying a new home (or a first one), one of the crucial things to ask yourself is: How big of a house do I actually need? We’re here to help you find the answer.

Things To Consider

When you’re in search of a perfect home, there are a few things you need to think about that should help you decide the size you should be looking for. Let’s take a look at things to consider when deciding between a big house and a smaller one.

Family Size

This one is probably the most important factor when deciding the size of your future home. How many people will be living there? Will your parents move back in? Are you planning on expanding your family? Will someone from the family leave soon for work or to live on their own?

All of these questions should be going through your mind when looking at houses. There’s no point in paying extra for utilities and a mortgage if half of the house is empty.

The Layout

Two places can be of the same size, but the layout will make a difference in whether it looks big or small. If layout and design are important to you, think about how much space is dedicated to a certain room.

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Think about what you want – a bigger living room or a bigger bedroom? An open space kitchen plus dining room, or a big den where you can work from?

Storage Space Needs

We believe everyone needs good storage space! There are a lot of items in your house that you don’t just want lying around. Think about how much space your belonging take up and how much storage space you need. Then, look for it.

Your Physical Ability

This is another factor you must consider. If your parents will move back in, you should also consider their age and physical ability. That will help determine the type of home, the layout, and the size.

Questions To Ask Yourself

After we covered the biggest factors in deciding how big of a house you actually need, we should cover the questions you should have in mind when buying a house. Keep reading!

How Big Does My Kitchen Need To Be?

The answer is – as big as you plan on using it. If you spend a bunch of time in the kitchen and enjoy preparing elaborate meals for friends and family, you might need a more spacious one.  If you’re more into quick 30-minute recipes and don’t host much – a smaller kitchen will work just fine.

How Many Bedrooms Do I Need?

Well, this one obviously depends on the size of your family and on the frequency of having people over. The best option would be to have a bedroom for each family member and an extra bedroom for guests. Also, you should consider your job conditions. If you work from home, you might want a designated room as an office.

Pros And Cons

Yes, it IS hard to choose sometimes. Sometimes it helps to put everything on a piece of paper. Make a list, talk to your partner and try and come up with a pros and cons list. We made a small, general one – but feel free to add your preferences and wishes to it to help you decide!

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A large house often offers more storage space and room for entertaining. It is great for big families as it provides more privacy and space to everyone. However, the taxes might be higher, it might be more expensive to maintain it properly and the utility bills might be higher.

With a small house, the maintenance is much easier and It often more affordable than the bigger ones. The utility bills will be lower, as well as the taxes, but it offers less space for hosting and guests, it might look cluttered and it limits your family size. Plus, it might be harder to fit in the furniture that you like.

Conclusion

Yes, that was a lot of questions and thinking. What you should always have in mind is the future. How much do you think it will change? Will you need to add a bedroom or a bathroom somewhere down the line? If you do, try choosing a house that allows you to do modifications in the future. Plus, don’t forget to think about the size and shape of the lot. The lot should also fit your needs, especially if you’re thinking of adding something cool like a pool, or a guest house!

There are a plethora of things to keep in mind when buying a house, but some of the worries you might have shouldn’t even exist. Choosing your future home is exciting and beautiful, and it comes with exciting decisions about the decor, style, and more! If you need help finding your new home, we’re happy to help!

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