Regardless of why you are looking to buy a new home, you probably have some things in mind for what your next home must have. Finding a home with all the right elements may seem like a dream come true. But some things you think you want now, may lead to buyer’s remorse down the road. Think about these Four Things You May Not Want When You Buy A House.
The Wrong Amount of Space
Whether you are upsizing or downsizing, you probably have a specific idea of how much space you want. But both of these options can lead to problems or regrets later on. Having too many rooms to utilize, furnish and carpet can be a problem. You don’t want to pay for real estate that’s just going to sit idle for years. Think about how much extra room you really need. The same is true for downsizing. You may know you need less space, but what furniture do you want to keep and how is it going to fit into that new home? Put some serious thought into the amount of space you will need and use before buying that house.
A lot of people that don’t have basements think they want one, and many of those people will be glad they have bought one. But think about the downsides to having a basement. Just like buying a house that’s too big, it is a space you have to do something with; exactly what will that “something” be? If you are going to finish part of it, research the costs associated with putting living space in a basement. Will you need to add moisture control to stop mold and mildew? If you want a bathroom, you will need to install equipment to flush waste up to your sewer lines. Cracked foundations in basements can lead to costly leaks and water problems. Basements are great entry points for termites, bugs, and other creepy crawlers. Decide if you truly want or need a basement before paying for that extra level.
A Swimming Pool
It’s hard to convince someone who thinks they want a pool that they probably don’t. The extra cost and time required for proper maintenance is a burden many people wish they didn’t have. A pool does not add to your home’s value, and may even detract from future sales. Think seriously about whether you and your family will even use a pool enough to justify the expense and inconvenience. The same goes for whirlpools and hot tubs. Someone once said, “The best house is where one neighbor has a pool and the other one has a boat.”
Trendy Design Elements
When getting their home ready to sell, many people will remodel following all the latest fashion trends. But trends change every year, and all those fancy fixtures, colors and finishes will go out of style. Then you will have to update the style, or at best, remodel so you can sell the home. Try to stick with classic finishes in your home. Remember, white is always fashionable.
Before creating that wish list and buying that next home, put some serious thought into what you think you want. Then consider what you will like and use for the next several years.
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