As you begin your search for a new San Diego home, you must decide on which features in a home appeal the most to you. What is it that you want your new home to provide? You should concentrate your search on homes that include the best features that top designers and builders recommend. Homes having these features will not only increase your enjoyment of the home, but they will also be important when the time comes to sell the home.
Today’s more popular styles include high ceilings and spacious, open floor plans with excellent flow. Look for neutral colors, both inside and outside, and allow your personal flair to be expressed with accent walls or pieces that you can add after you buy.
Also, unless you already own a money tree, McMansions are becoming less and less popular due to the time (your free time) and money (can you say heating and cooling bills, lawn care, etc.) necessary to maintain them. I’m not saying only look for homes under 1000 square feet, just not the 6,000 to 10,000 square foot larger homes.
You don’t have to go completely “green” to have an energy-efficient home. It just takes newer appliances, HVAC systems and controls, and things like lighting fixtures that can be activated using smart devices. The ability to control features like these from anywhere in the world has become a popular way to conserve energy use. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that a newer home, one built in the last 1-5 years, is 30% more efficient than one that is older than that.
San Diego is blessed with the best weather in the entire country. A home needs to have great outdoor living spaces. Important outdoor features include patios or decks, a pool and/or spa. Outdoor kitchens are a popular feature, especially when they include a TV or an outdoor projector for watching movies and sporting events while entertaining.
A double car garage, or even a 3 or 4 car garage, is important. Not only is there room for the family vehicles, but this will also provide extra storage for things like bicycles, camping gear, skateboards, and sporting equipment.
And don’t look for additional storage just in the garage. Your new home should have walk-in closets in the bedrooms, large laundry rooms with cabinets and countertops. One, or possibly two linen closets are now the rage.
If you find a home with out-dated kitchens and bathrooms, and you think maybe you will spend the money in these areas you should think again. Two of the more expensive upgrades that can be done to a home are remodeling these rooms. Just as an example, when purchasing the quartz material for new countertops you can expect to pay upwards of $70 per square foot. Marble will start at around $40 per square foot, with granite costing from $40-$90. And that is without the installation costs added in.
When you are searching for a new home, your Point Loma REALTOR® can be a real asset in finding a quality home in a great neighborhood. You aren’t looking for a number 5 or a 6 ranking on a scale of 1-10. Your new house needs to be a 10. By purchasing a home with these features and you will spend many happy years there. And more importantly, when you decide to sell, other buyers will be searching for a home with the important features just like yours already has.
If you’re ready to put your house on the market or buy your dream home, please contact me!