The wish list is a staple of this time of year. As children and adults alike all over the world put together a list of what they’d most like to have during the holiday season, there are countless new home shoppers just like you who are putting together similar lists for what they’d like to have in their new home.
To help you craft the perfect and most realistic wish list for your new home, we’ve provided a few simple tips below. Take a look.
Start with the “Where” in Your Search
There are literally thousands of new homes available to buy in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware, so narrowing down your search is going to be key. One of the first and easiest steps to doing that is defining exactly where you want to live.
Your list should include your ideal living location, including what sorts of nearby amenities you want to have access to, such as shopping, dining, entertainment, commuter routes, etc. That way, even if you don’t end up in the exact city you imagined, your list will always be defined by the most important part of your home: where it’s located.
Decide How Soon You’d Like to Move
If you’re envisioning a new home that has several personalizations and customizations, you’ll likely want to stick with a to-be-built home, which can take a few months to construct. But if you’re looking to move sooner and are really just looking for a high-quality, master-crafted new home, you might want to add “Move-In-Now Homes” to your list.
These homes are already built (or close to completion) by premier homebuilders in our area, so you can move in faster, usually within a matter of weeks rather than months. Move-In-Now Homes offer the same valued quality and style of a to-be-built home, and many builders even allow you to customize things like cabinets, countertops, flooring and paint before the homes are completed.
Choose Which Home Style is Right for You
Before you get into things like what you want your countertops to look like or how many bedrooms you need, think about what kind of home you’ll fill with all these features and rooms.
New townhomes often provide the low-maintenance living options that many families are looking for while single-family homes provide extra space and usually more land to spread out or add privacy. New condos are also worth considering if you value location, luxury and convenience above all. Weigh the pros and cons of each and determine what the best home style is for you and your family.
Consider What Your Pet(s) Would Want
If you have a dog or cat — or really any kind of a pet — you know how important they are to you and your family. Don’t leave them out of the process of building your new home wish list!
Think about what kind of community amenities you would love to have for your pet. Trails, open spaces, dog parks — these are all great options that countless builders in our area offer at their communities. Check out our advanced search options on our website to see for yourself.
Think About Your Family’s Long-Term Needs
If you have aging parents or relatives and plan on being in your new home for several years, it’s worth considering multi-generational living options. These are things like main-level suites and accessible floorplans that make it possible for multiple generations of the same family to share the same roof. Multi-generational living has become one of the biggest trends in new home construction, and it may be worth keeping that on your wish list if it applies to your family.
We hope this list helps you in your search for a new home! Don’t forget, you can always check out other helpful articles on our blog or use our powerful search tools on our website if you’re ready to take a closer look. Happy holidays and, as always, happy new home shopping!