Home Buyer Tips: Choosing the Right Floor Plan

When beginning a search for a new home, most people pinpoint a geographic area in which they want to live and then start thinking of other criteria. One of the most important considerations when looking for a home is your particular lifestyle and how a home’s floor plan can accommodate you.

From multi-level condos to ranch houses, and everything in between, Connecticut homes offer a variety of layout options. Thinking about your lifestyle as you begin your search will help you narrow down your choices and find the right home. The following home buyer tips can help.

Here are some factors to consider:

The size of your family. Clearly, larger families require more living space. Singles and young couples might not need as much room at first, but they often need to think about their future plans for expanding their families before committing to a small home. Don’t forget to include any pets! Is the layout suitable for them?

The age of your family members. This can determine not only the amount of space needed, but also the desired location of certain rooms. For example, a family with a baby or young child usually needs a quiet, yet easily accessible, bedroom. At the same time, teens and young adults generally value their privacy and may prefer a separate living area away from the other rooms.

Special needs. If you have someone in your household with limited mobility due to factors such as age or illness, for example, you’ll want to consider the home’s layout in terms of accessibility and safety. Furthermore, you might need a separate room for a live-in caretaker.

Hobbies and interests. The budding chef might want a spacious gourmet kitchen, while an artist might need a separate studio space. Regardless of the family’s size, adequate storage is always a priority for most home buyers, as is a logical flow between the rooms. Think about your current furniture and other possessions, envisioning their placement in the new home. If you entertain often, consider whether you have enough room to host your guests comfortably.

Working from home. Thanks to greater telecommuting and work-from-home options, many people occupy a separate office or other dedicated space for their work. Other professionals might need a separate entrance for business purposes.

Finally, you might consider variables such as energy efficiency, outdoor access, and the potential for future expansion. We can help you decide on the right floor plan for your new home. Contact us today to begin your search.


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Michelle Manter Giglietti

Owner~Realtor at Manter Realty Group of Keller Williams
Top Producing Realtor and recognized blogger. In her free time you can hear her screaming fore at the local golf course,or catch her at home enjoying fresh cooking and a glass of wine with her husband and favorite 6 pound Morkie named Pedro.
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