Are you searching for a new home?
We know that this can be an exciting but overwhelming time. That’s why we’re here to help you walk through important considerations you should think about earlier on.
By knowing all the important features you want in your home before you begin your search, you can save yourself a ton of time and make your process go a lot smoother!
Here are 12 important features to consider when buying a home:
Are you single and only need one or two rooms for yourself and guests? Or are you raising kids and need as many rooms as possible? Maybe you and your spouse work from home and need extra rooms for home offices. Or are you considering multigenerational living and need a home with a secondary suite?
The number of bedrooms you need in a home should be decided upon as early as possible in your home search to save you from looking at the wrong homes.
As with choosing the number of bedrooms you need, the same considerations should be taken for the number of bathrooms.
Depending on your lifestyle and the number of people who live in your home, the number of bathrooms should reflect that.
Your kitchen is often the heart of your home! It’s where you make all your meals and gather with your family and friends.
Having the perfect kitchen is essential for loving your home. That’s why it’s important to consider the layout of the kitchen you want before you start your search.
The size of your kitchen is an important factor, especially if you will have many people living in your home (and also if you love to host dinner parties)!
Depending on what your needs are, you’ll also have to take into account counter space, sinks, rooms for appliances and extra storage and cabinet space.
Like your kitchen, your home appliances are an important factor in your daily home life.
Knowing which home appliances you need before you start searching for your home can save you a lot of time.
One important consideration is if you prefer to cook on a gas stove or use an electric range. Other appliances that are often considered are washers and dryers, dishwashers, air conditioners, fireplaces and water heaters.
While appliances are easy to replace, should you find your dream home lacking in this department, they are an added expense to keep in mind.
Do you enjoy large spaces and gathering with your loved ones?
Open floor plans combine kitchen, dining and living room areas to enhance family gatherings and make your home feel much bigger.
If this idea interests you, look into finding a home with an open floor plan. This type of plan is especially perfect for those of you who love to host parties!
If you prefer a more traditional space, with rooms separated by walls and doors, or would like the ability to close off sections of your home when guests are over, a home that does not feature an open layout might work better for you.
No need for more bedrooms? Change them into a home gym, office, at-home theatre or mini library!
Choosing a house with extra rooms that can be turned into anything you want is incredibly useful and super fun.
If you want more room in your kitchen but still need a convenient place to store food, a pantry is perfect for the job.
Whether you opt for a closeted or walk-in pantry, having the extra storage space is handy and useful – leaving your kitchen free of the extra clutter.
Do you have vehicles you need to store? Or do you prefer to park your cars on a driveway?
These are questions to ask yourself before you start looking for a home. If your preference is to keep your cars indoors and have some extra space to store other items, add a garage to your must-have list.
Consider how you’d like to use your outdoor space, and how much maintenance you can handle. If you have dreams of a backyard oasis and have green thumbs, a large yard may be just the ticket.
If you prefer the low to no maintenance option, a smaller yard or even a townhouse or condominium without a yard, but with a strata-maintained outdoor area may be the right choice for you.
If you’re living on your own, you may be alright with just having a closet with a washer and dryer. However, if you have many people living in your household, a large laundry room can help significantly.
With a large laundry room, more people can be in there at once and there can be enough space to wash, dry and fold in the same area instead of throughout the house. It can help keep you organized and save the rest of your house from the extra mess!
Searching for a new home is incredibly exciting, but can also be a lot of work – especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer.
Knowing the features you want in a home earlier on can save you a ton of time and energy during your search — leading you to your perfect home even faster!
Are you thinking about buying a home in Vancouver? We’re a husband and wife team of licensed Realtors that specialize in moving families! Contact Mary and Konstantin of Team Kleiner with any questions.
As a bonus, when you sell your home with us, you’ll also receive free moving services! Visit our Kleiner Services website to learn more.