If you are getting to the point where you are ready to start looking for single family homes for sale in your area, you will want to go into this process with a game plan in mind. This should include all of the things you will have on a checklist of sorts that you want or need the new home to have. This will help keep you on track and to not become distracted by a home that, while very nice, does not truly meet all of the needs for yourself and your family.
The Ability To Later Add An Addition
If there is even a slim chance that you may have the desire in the future to add an addition onto your home, you will want to make sure that you are specifically looking for a house that you can do that with. This way, you will not have to worry about running into the inability to do this. For example, you need to have enough room between the existing side of the house and the property line to receive the appropriate permits for this. If the house sits too close to the property lines, adding an addition may not be possible.
The Ability To Finish The Basement
Even if you are not yet sure if this is something you would want to do right away, you never know when you might need a playroom, game room, or even an extra bathroom or bedroom. If you the houses that you are considering have dry basements, you might be able to remodel them into finished living spaces that you can make use of in the future. Not only is this convenient but also after adding the finishing touches to a basement to make it a usable space, you may see that the value of your home will be increased.
The Size Of The Bedrooms
Too many people make the mistake of just focusing on the number of bedrooms instead of also focusing on the square footage of the bedrooms. This is important because if some of those bedrooms will be used for children, their need for larger bedrooms for all of their stuff may increase over the years. This is why you need to make sure that the bedrooms will work for everyone in the family from the moment you move in and for many years to come. By doing this, you will avoid a lot of headaches and remodeling tasks later down the road.
If you are a first time home buyer, you may want to ask your real estate agent if there is anything else you should be taking into consideration before you start looking at homes.