Buying a new home can be completely overwhelming, just ask anyone that’s done it. There are so many things to take into account as you search for your new home. Is it a dream home or a starter home? Will I build or buy an existing home? Will I be there for two years or ten years? How much yard do we really need, and want to take care of? How much space do we need inside? Where do I want to live?
It’s important to answer each of these questions honestly, and best to answer them before you even begin your house hunt. One of the really big questions is how much space do I really need to be comfortable? “In the Salt Lake metropolitan area, according to U.S. Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey, the median square footage of new single-family detached homes (including mobile homes) increased 37 percent between 1984 and 1998, the most recent year numbers were tallied. The median square footage for new houses in 1998 was 2,918.” (Deseret News, as reported on bnet.com) In 1950 the average home size was about 985 square feet. Our homes have been getting bigger and bigger, which may not be a bad thing, but it’s up to you to determine what is necessary for your family. Here are a few tips to help you determine what you need for your family.
- How much do I want to clean?
- Is it important for each child to have his or her own bedroom?
- Do I have the furniture to fill a bigger house?
- Do we honestly have the funds to afford the bigger mortgage for a bigger house?
- How many bathrooms do we really need?
- Will I honestly use an exercise room (home theater, craft room, bonus room, etc.)?
- Is our family still growing, or is it beginning to thin out?
Sometimes too much space can become a burden. A smaller house can bring families closer together, and invite more unity. Sharing rooms can foster stronger sibling relationships. Not having a bathroom for every person can help families learn to cooperate and be considerate of others’ needs. A bigger house can leave more room for growing families. You can have large family gatherings with a bigger house. Having a room dedicated to exercise may just guilt you in to starting that exercise routine you’ve always wanted to have.
Determining how much space you need can be a family affair. Discuss with each person the needs, and wants of your family, and come together on a decision that everyone can agree with. You will be glad you did, and you will find your house hunt a little bit easier the more aware you are of what you really need and want.
For those looking to build a new home, you can find an excellent custom home designer at fortressarchitectural.com. This Utah designer can design a home that will exactly fit your family’s needs for the same cost of buying predesigned plans.