It’s like searching for Nirvana………You can always get close but it takes a master to ultimately reach perfection. Builders have experimented over the years with floor plans that suit the majority of home buyers during that era, only to find that as times change, needs and desires change. The perfect home in the 1950’s had 3 bedrooms and 1 bath, in the 1960’s 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, in the 1970’s a formal living room, dining room AND family room, in the 1980’s an office was added to the mix, the 1990’s began to see the “great room” with an open floor plan and this continued on into the 2000’s. Now we are seeing the Next Gen home for the multi-generational family. What will be next? The buyers will dictate that of course but only time will tell.

As you begin your home search keep some of these trends in mind. It may help you decide what you need for your family. Of course always remember that the outdated floor plan will be less money. Look at the possibility of taking something old and making it new if you are a handy person. Conversely if you want something that is modern, up to date and move in ready, be prepared to pay a premium price.

Now back to that “perfection”. As I mentioned builders have been trying to perfect their floor plans for years, while they always get pretty close to what the public wants or needs, it is never perfect. The owner builder, who designs their home from the ground up, always finishes and says “Why didn’t I do that?” My point here is you need to decide what is most important to you and then work through your list with each home that you like, narrowing it down to the one that has the closest to everything you want.

For some helpful tips on how to do this take a look at some important questions to ask yourself.  This will help you and your agent in determining which homes to show and ultimately which home to buy.

Happy House Hunting!

Important Questions

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