Buying a new home is fun and exciting. You sit down with your family and make notes on the different things everyone is hoping for, and then take the list to the real estate agent. You and the agent will then make a list of all the possible homes and set up appointments to go see them. As you are going through each of the homes for sale, make notes so you can remember each house. This is especially important if you are going to be looking at more than just one or two homes at a time. Here are a few things that may not be on your list, but need to be considered when it comes to buying a new home for your family.
Holiday and Storage Space
Although your list has a section about the size of the rooms, did you consider the extra space needed for holidays? Make sure there is a place to put up the Christmas tree and that the dining area will accommodate an extra table for Thanksgiving. Think about all the different events you hold during the course of the year, and make sure there will be room in the new house for them. While making sure there is room for everything, you need to be sure there is some place to store the holiday stuff when not in use. A basement or attic could be used. Of course, you checked out all the bedroom closets, but you still need storage space for things you use on a regular basis, like vacuum cleaners, mop buckets, and the leaf to your dining room table.
You want to know how many windows are in each room for a variety of reasons. First, you want to know how the sun will shine into the rooms. You also need to know what type of window treatments you are going to need as soon as you move in. While no blinds or curtains in the living room might not be a big deal, you will want to have something up in the bedrooms. This could be something you don't worry about till your second or third look when you have already made an offer on the house. However, it could also be the thing that makes up your mind when you can't choose between two homes.
Take your time when going through homes for sale. The more you can remember afterwards, the easier it will be to whittle the list down to those you may be serious about. The number of bedrooms, the size of the yard, and the location are all important. However, the little things can be just as important and be the thing that turns a house into a home.