June 23, 2016

10 Things That Make a Home a Good Home

Maybe it's a white picket fence. Maybe it's a wraparound porch. Or perhaps a theater room or a gourmet kitchen. Everyone has their own idea of the features that go into a good home.

But make sure you're also thinking of the future when you buy or build a new home. One day, you may need to move from your home. Is it desirable to other people? Will you be able to sell it? If it has these 10 features, your chances of selling your home at some point - and of loving it right now - are much greater.

1. A Great Location

You know this one. Nice, safe neighborhood in a great area of town is crucial to the enjoyment of a home. You should also consider the traffic near your house, lights from neighboring businesses at night, and the distance from local schools, shopping, and major employers.

2. A Good School District

The school district your home belongs to is extremely important because the quality of education a child receives can vary widely from one school district to the next. Don't have kids? It still matters. Homes in good school districts tend to hold their value best. It's not enough to just be located near a school. Make sure the school is in a good district. You may have to do a little research on schools in your area to figure it out, but it will be worth it.

3. Little Crime

Obviously, you don’t want to move into a crime infested neighborhood. Check crime statistics online as you are researching potential neighborhoods. Your real estate agent should also be knowledgeable about safe neighborhoods around town, so rely on your agent for this sort of information as well.

4. The Right Structure

Is the home big enough for your family now? What if you add children to the family? What if you take in an aging parent? Is the flow smooth and functional? These elements of a home are important if you want to be comfortable there, and they’re also important if you want to sell your home down the line.

5. Walkability

Can you walk in your neighborhood? More importantly, can you walk to somewhere else from your neighborhood? Are there stores nearby? Entertainment? Services? How about restaurants? Many people want to live in neighborhoods where they have the ability to leave their car at home if they want. Running errands by foot is becoming more and more desirable as people care more about the environment.

6. It’s Not the Best House on the Block

It's counter intuitive, but you don’t want to buy the best house on the block. Why? Because there isn’t room for your home to grow as an investment. You won’t be able to sell it for what it’s worth if you are surrounded by smaller, less upgraded homes.

7. The Prime Location Within the Neighborhood

Corner lots typically offer a little more space, but they’re also sometimes closer to traffic and are subject to people walking across the lawn as shortcuts. Consider the location of the home in the neighborhood, and when possible, a nice cul-de-sac lot is always desirable to most buyers.

8. Lower Taxes and HOA Fees

You may have found the perfect home in the perfect location, but did you check the property taxes and any HOA fees? Those can sometimes be a deal breaker. Before falling in love with a house, find out any additional fees you’ll be responsible for.

9. Ability to Renovate

If you think you may want to renovate or add on to a home you’re considering buying, check the zoning and building codes first. You don't want to purchase a house based on its potential only to find you can’t do what you had hoped because of zoning and building codes.

10. The Feel of the Neighborhood

This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s really so easy to fall in love with a house without considering how you actually feel about the neighborhood. Spend time driving and walking the neighborhood before you buy. Talk to neighbors. Clock how long it takes to get to nearby stores, doctors, school, and work. Visit the neighborhood on different days and at different times to truly understand the vibe of the area.

Enjoy Your Home

If you do your due diligence, you’ll know if the home is right for you, and once it's right, all that's left is to enjoy your home. If you're looking for the perfect home that you can enjoy for years to come, contact Legend Homes today to discuss your best new homes options in the Houston area!