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Finding a Home That Suits Your Lifestyle
the right home, it's easy to be overcome by a beautiful
setting or a unique architectural style, overlooking the practical
details of size, layout and functionality.
you begin your search, consider what you like and dislike about
your current home. Then compile a list of all the characteristics
you want in a home - both practical details and cosmetic
features. These characteristics should reflect your current
lifestyle as well as your plans for the future. Your REALTOR®
will review your list and determine how best to help you meet
your needs, given your price range and the current market conditions.
some points to consider when creating your house-hunting wish
areas and kitchen. First, think about the amount of time
you spend in your kitchen and the workspace you will require.
Is a separate dining room needed for entertaining, in addition
to an eating nook?
and exposure Generally speaking, large south-facing windows
produce lots of light in winter but can make your home very
hot in summer. Consider which rooms you would like to receive
the most light during the morning versus the afternoon.
space. You may be enchanted by the idea of a garden, but
think carefully about the amount of upkeep involved. Would a
deck or patio be suitable?
and wiring. Will special wiring such as a high-speed data
line for Internet access or a security system need to be installed?
Look around your current home and think about how many electrical
sockets, cable and telephone outlets you use. Although these
can be added after you move in, they can be expensive to install.
If you're considering buying a "fixer-upper,"
think about how much work you are realistically capable of handling
yourself, and how much disruption to your lifestyle you can
put up with during the renovations. Get some cost and time estimates
before making an offer. Remember, there's a big difference
between cosmetic renovations (such as changing flooring and
cabinetry) and structural alterations (such as removing walls).
to investigate include number of bedrooms required and available
parking for you and your guests. Also ensure that there is ample
storage space for all your possessions.
there are many other factors to consider when a choosing a home
- your REALTOR® will help you evaluate your needs further.
By investing time and thought in choosing your property, you
can find a home with the most functional fit for your lifestyle.