There are some things that you can do without deep thought, like grabbing dinner or buying a sweater. But choosing your next home should be an intentional act. We usually start our home search with a good idea of what we’re looking for. We prepare, research and try to think of everything that we want our home to have.
Some of us will even make lists. The problem is that buying or renting a home is also an emotional transaction. And often we are quick to throw away what we need for what we want. Let’s be honest, the home you fall in love with may not have half the characteristics on your must-have list. Overlooking that fact is the fastest way to experience buyers remorse.
Sure you can sacrifice closet space for tall ceilings because they look good. But what happens when you don’t have enough space to store your belongings?
When you’re intentional about finding your next home, you go through the process with focus and a level-head and you don’t forget to look out for the essentials on your list.
Most interior preferences are simply that – your preference. From the number of bedrooms to the finishes, you know what you like and what looks most represent your personality. But there are a couple things that you absolutely don’t want to overlook or forget about when searching for your next home.
Where you live is just as important as how amazing the house is. If you have an ideal location or community, stick with it. There’s a reason you favor the area, don’t ignore it.
If you haven’t yet decided on what areas you’re open to living in, be sure to consider things like your work commute, proximity to shopping and entertainment, and local traffic. If you enjoy the outdoors you may want to be familiar with local parks and walking trails. Having a great house won’t feel so great if you end up stuck in traffic every day for 2 hours.
Tip: Location is also important for resale value. Even if you’re currently open to living anywhere, consider what areas future buyers will prefer. If this home isn’t your forever home, you’ll want to be sure that it’s appealing to others in the future. And while moving in the future, is not an issue for your right now, you want to know that if you need to sell your home in a hurry, need to downsize, or you need to work in a different part of town, you won’t have a hard time finding a buyer.
Before you get all excited about that cute little-renovated bungalow, stop and assess the storage options. Storage is one of the most overlooked things when deciding on a home.
Here are a few questions you want to ask to make sure you’ll be able to store all your stuff:
1 – Is there enough storage space in the kitchen to house all of your dishes, cookware, appliances, and food?
2 – Where will you store the vacuum, ironing board, and cleaning supplies?
3 – Is there a place to store your holiday decor or seasonal clothing?
4 – Are there enough linen closets?
5 – Where will you store garden tools or the lawn mower? Will you need to consider a shed or a prefab steel building to house your outdoor supplies (think: hoses, fertilizer spreaders, yard trimmers… etc).
This list could go on and on.
It’s easy to forget how much storage we use on a daily basis or to overlook the different storage options that will be important to you later (after you’ve moved in). The main point is to make sure that the home’s storage capabilities meet your needs.
Tip: assess your current home. Does it have enough storage space? If so, take note of the various areas that you store and organize things and add them to your must-have list. If not, make note of what’s missing, so that you know what to look for.
Being intentional about your next move is much more than just choosing the right location or having enough storage. It’s about finding the right home for you. Just remember, there are things that you can overlook that you will regret in the future… don’t let these two be on that list.