Have you ever wondered how the style of the homes you are considering may affect the future resale of the property? There are so many styles out there, and each one has it's own pluses and minuses. For example, a beautiful ranch home with only the master suite on the main level and with 3 bedrooms in the lower level may be a blessing for a family with teenagers or perfect for an empty nester that uses the lower level for a guest quarters. Not so much for a family with young children?
What about a 2 story home with a main floor master, 2 bedrooms upstairs and 1 in the lower level. Does this home appeal to those that crave one level living but want the traditional features of the formal living and dining room areas lacking in a ranch home?
What about the split level home? Some of these homes have stairs up and down with sunken family rooms and only partial basements. These home provide great flexibility for entertaining, but what about storage? Where does all of your stuff go?
The raised ranch is an interesting one too, where the garage is under the house so you always have to climb a flight of stairs from the garage to the kitchen everytime you bring home the groceries.
The 1.5 or 1.75 story homes with the sloped ceilings and then one or two bedrooms on the main level. Who wants the upstairs? Is it fit for the teenage to spread out? Or a relaxing master retreat?
There are so many things to consider. Whether you are concerned with safety, such as inclement weather or a fire, or security of your home. The age of your children may also be a factor. Whether you have young children that may be afraid to be on a different level than their parents, or if you have teenagers that you are concerned with them sneaking out.....
So what do you think? Whether you have children or not in your household, you really do need to consider the resale value of your perspective home. Future buyers will make the same considerations someday when you put your home on the market.
You should also consider what is typical for your neighborhood. What about your demographics? Are you in close proximity to an elementary school? What about a high school? When you are building a home, these are important considerations unless you are planning to live there forever! I would love to know your thoughts on such an interesting topic. It seems that there are many homes currently on the market that seem to stay on the market much longer than expected. It all comes down to perceptions, doesn't it?