Posted 6.21.12 @ 8:36
Choosing the best home means understanding the role size plays; just because you want a large home doesn’t mean you need one! Do you need a small house with large storage spaces, are you growing your family or are you looking to downsize? Understanding the part that size plays will not only help you find the right house for today, but for tomorrow as well. Go over this quick checklist so you can consider what kind of home size you’ll need.
How Large is Your Family?
Think about how big your family is. You’ll want everyone to have their own room plus one room for recreation (aside from the living room or lounge area). So a family of four (parents and two children) will want at least a three room house. While you can always have your children sleep in the same room, they need a room to play in.
If your children are leaving for university, think about how much space you really need. Do you want to downgrade to a smaller home only to have your children return to you later? Do you need a large dining room that you’re only going to use for holidays and special occasions? Do you really need a large bathroom? These are things you have to think about when you’re buying Oakville real estate.
How Much Storage do You Need?
Figuring out how much storage you need is one of the most important things when looking at the size of the home. Maybe you need a closet in every room, but maybe you don’t. Think about how much stuff you have and if you’re going to need an attic, a basement or a garage for storage. Do you have hobbies that will need a room of their own? Will you need room to create custom closets for your prized shoe collection, clothing and other things?
Storage is important, but you don’t want to get carried away. If you don’t need that much storage you’ll wind up with a lot of empty house to heat. But if you get a home without enough storage your favourite things will end up in a storage facility across town. You’ll want to think about how much or little storage you need; look at your existing home as a guide.
What Will You Need Room For?
Consider each room’s use on a room by room basis. Will you be using one room often for entertaining, and how much room will you need for it? Will you need a crafting room, a rec or play room for your children? Are you going to really need that extra floor or do you need a spread out single floor building? Thinking ahead about what you actually need when it comes to Oakville real estate means avoiding buyer’s remorse down the road.
Take into account how large your family is, how much storage you need and what the purpose of each room will be. This will help you avoid getting too much or too little house than you can handle.