A Floorplan You Can Call Home

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

FloorplanToo often overlooked in the selection of houses is a winning floorplan. I envy the new home builders over the pre-owned market because everything is so neatly tied up in a bow. Clean floor plans with all the dimensions are available to the buyer. I feel like an architect's assistant looking at them.

As great real estate agents, if a home is not too old perhaps the floor plan is still available and can be scanned into the MLS for additional information for the buyer.

Good floor plans of the modern era flow from room to room. Open space is used well. Much older than 30 year old homes had more hallways and lacked art niches and some of the open feeling that is so prevalent with today's designs.

I see too many Master suites that are too small and you wonder how you'll get all your bedroom furniture in there. Some main living areas have the fireplace as the center piece where many want their entertainment center (TV / Stereo) there. Others care to have the big plasma in a dedicated game room.

So keep in mind floor plan if you are a buyer.

Along with location, condition and price it is important. Why? Guess where you live most of the time? INSIDE. Who wants a clunky floorplan with too many step ups and downs and running into walls all the time?

Do you want a Master up or down? Some people feel strongly about either of those positions. Not a right or wrong, but know what you want. If you select the right floor plan you'll live happily ever after in Home Sweet Home, at least until you move again in 5 to 7 years!!

 Home Sweet Home

 

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Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
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I have seen some older homes with some amazingly bad lay outs lately, what were they thinking?
February 06, 2008 11:29 PM #1
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Jamie Friedman
Prudential All Star Realty - Kapaa, HI
Kauai Real Estate Connection

The Condos are the worst here... all that extra space that the developers did not know what to do with! I love the floor plans and the pretty pictures! great blog!

Jamie Friedman, Hawaii Real Estate, www.AllHawaiiIslands.com

February 06, 2008 11:32 PM #2
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Don Wixom
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Gary, It's amazing to me to see the evolution of housing over the years...starting with indoor plumbing, then a "master bath" when it was just a half bath or maybe a tight shower thrown in...now to the huge expanded garden tubs, separate showers, double sinks... What would our great great grandparents think of how spoiled we are?
February 06, 2008 11:35 PM #3
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Michael: I think new floor plans in general are getting better and better with the design to provide a great lifestyle. Around our area they are designing outside kitchens now.

Jamie: I hate designs where things look like boxes. No imagination.

Don: The average size homes have gone up too. It used to be the one car garage was "standard" everywhere. Yes, grandparents and great great grandparents would be amazed.

February 06, 2008 11:49 PM #4
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Ryan Hukill - Edmond
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Floorplan is the number one consideration in my book.  Not only do you have to live in it, someday you may be trying to sell it.  A bad floorplan will ruin the marketability of a home quicker than a bad neighborhood.
February 06, 2008 11:54 PM #5
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Ryan: That is such an excellent point about selling the floor plan some day. I agree floor plans can really make it tough to sell. Sounds like remodeling the interior could be a big business in house prep ALONG with Staging. Knock a few of those walls down and sheetrock it a different way.
February 06, 2008 11:59 PM #6
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
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Hi Gary:  How right you are.  A good floor plan can make all the difference in the world.  That is one of the reasons I concentrate on selling new homes.  The older homes often have been stingy on closet space, too.  Thanks for sharing.
February 07, 2008 12:34 AM #7
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Jesse & Kathy Clifton
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Gary - as a builder I can tell you it's sometimes hard to fit all of the features buyers want in a house into a small package.  The fireplace in the center of the living room... it's one thing buyers here say they want (and we put them in).  They live around them. There's only so much I can do with X number of square feet squeezing in the big kitchen, master ensuite with separate garden tub/shower, big walk in closet, pantry, etc.  The list of wants goes on and on, but the pocketbook has limitations.  We do try to strike a good compromise between the two though.
February 07, 2008 03:28 AM #8
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Gary~What a great point you have about adding the floor plan to the listing on the MLS. I really like that idea. It's not seen here in Utah hardly, well I don't think I've ever come across a listing with a floor plan available.
February 07, 2008 07:40 AM #9
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Karen Anne: Right you are about closets getting bigger over time. I forgot about that one.

Jesse & Kathy: Countertops have changed materials too. I agree you can only cram so much per square footage. Maybe that's why so many of the walls have come down to open up the space.

Julie: I've seen several attachments on MLS listings with floor plans along with Seller Discloures. If you can find it, scan it, and upload as a PDF file.

February 07, 2008 07:52 AM #10
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Diane McDermott
Realtor®, GRI, Landis e2 Real Estate, LLC - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Real Estate Market
I agree Gary, floor plans help give such a wealth of information about how the house is laid out. I have buyers who always ask for them (it's a pain when there aren't any available). I pay to have a floor plan done on my listings regardless of age, I do think it helps buyers get a feel for the house.
February 07, 2008 07:23 PM #11
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Jonathan Hall
William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty - Danbury, CT
Realtor - Danbury,CT Area Real Estate~203-417-0523
I am noticing in my floorplans for large homes have tiny guest bedrooms sizes. I have seen 10x12 bedrooms in 4500 square foot homes!
February 07, 2008 08:20 PM #12
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Chul KIM McGuire
CorpusTV.com - Corpus Christi, TX

Gary,

Very nice floor plan and excellent of you to blog that for consumer visual perception!

Great job!

Cheers, Mr. C. KIM McGuire. N. Padre Island, TX. Today's Weather... SUNNY... Low 70's.

 

February 07, 2008 08:56 PM #13
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Diane: That's cool you get the floor plans made up. A very innovative idea.

Jonathan: 10 x 12 is pretty small in that size house. What were they thinking?

Kim: Some of the builder floor plan marketing materials are very colorful I agree.

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