Three Things to Think about Along With Size

Along with budget and location, room count and square footage are always among the primary considerations for homebuyers. While a home should be big enough to accommodate your family and your stuff, just because one has more square footage than another doesn’t necessarily make it better.

Despite a steady increase in America’s square footage throughout the years, current homebuyers agree that design is crucial, and a smaller home can sometimes be a better fit.

Many things can make a large home feel smaller, such as stairways and hallways which can eat up a lot of floor space. Doorways and walls take up space but an open floor plan can reclaim it for you. With an open floorplan even a small home plan can feel expansive.

Some important factors home buyers should consider, along with size, include:

1. How Usable is the space?

No matter how big a room is, if you’re unable to configure furniture comfortably and practically, it will diminish the joy of living there. It’s important that the home plan you purchase fits your family’s needs, with options that fit your lifestyle.

2. What does the layout look like?

Even with significant square footage, if the home has an impractical layout it will be difficult to adjust to and expensive to fix. Open floorplans and good sight lines are more and more popular to today’s families. Choppy, obscured interior views feel unsettling, while rooms with clear sight lines are more aesthetically pleasing and more favorable to family living.

3. What about cost?

One obvious hindrance with more square footage is the relatively higher expenses that come with it. A bigger home generally means more space to heat and cool, resulting in higher utility bills. Often, more expensive properties also mean higher property taxes and pricier homeowners insurance premiums.

A bigger house means everything is bigger and therefore more expensive to repair. A bigger roof will cost more and the more windows you have, the more expensive it is to upgrade or replace them. Flooring is typically priced by the square foot leading to higher costs, and a bigger yard means more landscaping and more money to maintain it.

In the end, your particular wants and needs should have the most impact on the home you choose. Be truthful and honest with yourself and your Realtor about your expectations and needs. Not only will a house likely be the largest purchase of your life, it will be where you will spend most of your time.

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