When it’s time to move, determining the ideal home size for your family is one of the first decisions you will need to make. The square footage of your house can have a significant impact on your cost of living, comfort, ability to work from home and more. If you are considering buying or building a new home in the near future, assessing your current living space and needs first is key to better understanding your ideal home size requirements.
Understand your financial capabilities
The first step in house hunting should be to figure out what you can comfortably afford. Keep in mind this number may differ from the loan amount the banks will offer. Take into account future planning, including how much you would like to save for retirement and future goals beyond your current living expenses.
Assess your current living quarters
Sure, you can quote the finished square footage of your current home, but are you familiar with the sizes of individual rooms? Grab your measuring tape and start collecting. Consider how each room feels to you—not only the size, but also the shape and location. In addition, think about your storage needs in each room. Measure your current storage space and note whether it is adequate. Having a full understanding of your existing space will help you make better comparisons when determining the ideal home size to suit your needs.
Establish lifestyle requirements
Certain lifestyles have particular needs. For example, a family that values cooking and entertaining will need the space to do so. Conversely, if you prefer quiet, individual activities you may not want or need an open-concept, farmhouse kitchen. Focus on the space you need for the lifestyle you prefer by making a list of what is desired to feel comfortable “living” in your home. Keep in mind, we tend to expand to fill our living space. Don’t buy huge for the sake of bonus square footage. You could end up living with more than you’ve ever needed. Plus, you’ll have to furnish it all.
Consider your future needs
A lot can happen throughout the life of the home; kids, aging parents, new pets, etc. What will your family look like in five years? Ten years? Your future intentions for the home can help you determine the ideal home size for you now and ten years down the road.
If you are ready to look for a new home with an ideal size in mind, consider building a custom home with Trinity. With over 50 years in the business, we know how to build the right-sized home for your family.
Contact a sales associate today to get started on the design process or select a home from our inventory that is newly built and ready for move-in today.