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New Year, New Home? Why Not!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019   /   by Anne Rose

New Year, New Home? Why Not!

contributed by Jen Reed

The end of the year can often spark some soul-searching. What happened in your life over the past 12 months—good and bad? What would you like to achieve during the year ahead? Lose weight? Travel? Try something new? Perhaps you want to find yourself a new home?

Don’t wish. Make it happen.

Could you use an extra room, or more space in your kitchen? Does your current place need a new roof or windows? If you’re spending time trying to figure out which walls to knock down and how to make improvements so your home presents a better fit for your lifestyle, maybe it’s time to find a new home that fits your needs.

At KBT Realty Group, we see a lot of people make good on their plans to move out of a home that isn’t their ideal and into one that becomes their happy place. As the year winds down, we encounter determined people who have decided to fulfill the promise they made to themselves to make this dream happen by the new year. There is no truth in “No one is buying a new home in the winter.” When you’re ready for this change in your life, it’s not dictated by the calendar, but your own ability to act.

How does your current home make you feel? Are there parts that are wonderful, and spaces that you just avoid at all costs? While we all have our favorite spot, your home is your haven. You should love it from top to bottom. Your home should provide you with functions for daily life, but with equal doses of comfort and pleasure. If you find the flow is awkward, you’re compromising those values. When you ignore the spaces that bother you, you’re not enjoying life in your own home. And shouldn’t you be happy there?

Make a new home wish list.

Your action plan starts with making a list of the features you want. Think about the problem areas in your current home and use them as a launching point to picture the perfect place.

It could be exterior—the location, the size of the yard, the neighborhood, or the curb appeal (or lack thereof), to name a few. What about the outdoor living space? Determine the minimum size and whether having a covered patio is essential. This will be your home, so outfit it with your deepest desires. A fireplace would be great so you can enjoy this outdoor room longer into the chilly weather. And how about a gas line so you don’t have to worry about changing propane tanks?

Now, think about your dream home’s interior. What does it look like? From the size of the foyer to the placement of the bedrooms, what do you want in your new home? Of course, you decide how many bedrooms and bathrooms, and you probably have an idea of what you want for the main living area, like an open concept and high ceilings.

Think about other items on your new home wish list. Is not having a three-car garage that gives you space for a workshop a deal-breaker? Do you want nothing less than a center island kitchen with a breakfast bar? Should the game room be on the first or second floor? Do you prefer the laundry room next to the master bedroom or the garage? Do you want a second floor?

How many closets, and where? Storage is important to help you manage the spaces and contents in your home. From the kitchen pantry to the linen closets to the bedroom and storage closets, don’t leave yourself open to regrets later by minimizing the importance of closet space.

A few extras

Finally, what type of neighborhood would suit your lifestyle? Urban or suburban? Do you want a community that offers amenities to the residents, like a playground, pool, and park? Be sure to include community amenities because, although they might not seem important now, the recreational opportunities will give you many ways to get outside and meet other people in your neighborhood.

The more details you include on your list, the easier it will be to narrow down your new home choices. As the new year is upon us, think about where you could be in 2020!

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