How To Choose The Right Home Size

Home size
There are many factors to consider when deciding on the appropriate home size.

When house hunting, most buyers typically have a list of requirements that they desire in a home. Of course, deciding on an appropriate home size can be elusive. Needless to say, size is consideration that merits significant attention. Although the “bigger is better” mantra is well known, it is not practical for many buyers. Below we discuss some key factors to consider when selecting the right home size.

Home size: Factors to consider

Lifestyle

  • Current and future plans: Do you have kids (or plan to)? Do you work from home often? These questions will influence the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and dedicated workspaces you’ll need.
  • How you spend your time: Are you a social butterfly who entertains frequently? Or a bookworm who craves a cozy nook? Think about which areas of the home will be most important to you and prioritize space there.
  • Hobbies and interests: Do you need a dedicated music room or art studio? Factor in any special areas you use regularly.

Number of People

This is a big one! While the old adage suggests 600 square feet per person, it’s more about function than just numbers. A family of four might be perfectly comfortable in 1800 square feet with a well-designed, open floor plan.

Don’t Forget Functionality

Square footage can be deceiving. A well-designed 2,000 square foot home can feel more spacious than a poorly laid-out 3,000 square foot one. Look for open floor plans that maximize usable space and avoid wasted hallways or oddly shaped rooms.

Shared Spaces

Don’t just focus on bedrooms and bathrooms. Think about the functionality of your shared living areas. Will your family be tripping over each other in the living room? Is there enough space for everyone to gather comfortably in the kitchen?

Finances

Be honest about your budget. Larger homes typically come with larger mortgages, utility bills, and property taxes. Consider how much you’re comfortable spending each month and factor that into your ideal square footage.

Summary

Ultimately, the right home size is the one that feels comfortable and meets your needs. Finding the right home size is about striking a balance between comfort, functionality, and your budget. Don’t be afraid to challenge your preconceptions about space, and prioritize the features that will truly enhance your life. With careful planning and a little creativity, you can find your own housing happily ever after.

Are you thinking about buying or selling a home in the South Florida area? We can help! Contact Natasha at Live South Florida Realty, Inc. today! Also, don’t forget to download the free Florida Home Search app for your smartphone or tablet.

By natasha moore

REALTOR® with Live South Florida Realty, Inc.