The Perfect Property

Size Considerations to Make Before Purchasing a New Home

by Zachary Thompson

When you're interested in buying a new home, you will find that homes and properties come in many different sizes. At first, most people believe that a large home and property is better than smaller ones. However, while large homes and properties do have their benefits, some negatives come along with them as well.

Energy costs

If you want your energy costs to stay low, the home's size matters. The more square footage your home has, the more expensive it will be to keep it warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There will be more space to be warmed up and cooled down. The height of your ceilings will also factor in your energy costs. While high ceilings will give your home a nice open-space feel, it isn't a good idea for energy-conscious homebuyers. Since heat rises, it will be much harder to keep your house warm if your ceilings are higher than average.

Number of household members 

How many people will be living in your home when you move in? The answer to this question will help you decide how much space you will need. If there will only be a few people living there, there is no need to get a home with a lot of square footage. However, if there will be a large number of you moving in, purchasing a large home would make sense. It's up to you to decide whether or not each member of your household will need their own bedroom or not. You will also have to decide how many bathrooms you will need. However, one thing that many people don't think about is the size of common rooms. Households with many members will also require rooms like the kitchen and the living room to be larger than average.

Home maintenance

Maintaining a large home can be overwhelming for new homebuyers. The more space there is, the more area there will be for you to keep up with. All the extra space is nice at first, but when you do your first cleanup, you might start to dread your decision to buy a large home.

Lot size

Aside from the size of your home, you will also need to decide how big you want your property to be. A large lot size gives you many options for landscaping designs and plenty of space for entertaining. However, if your property is too large, it can be extremely tedious keeping up with the yard work.

If you're unsure of what you can or can't handle, work with home finders. ​They might give you the added confidence you need to commit to a new home purchase.