Downsizing? 3 Things To Look For In A New Home

When you were in your twenties and thirties, you probably wanted a big house so that your kids and all of their friends could come over. Although all of that space served you well while your kids were growing up, but you're now an empty nester, then you may want to downsize things a bit. To make sure that you get a house that is good for your current lifestyle and stage of life, this article will go over three things to look for in a new home.

1. A Guest Bedroom

If it's just you and your spouse living at home, then you may think that you only need one bedroom but you may want to rethink that. A second bedroom is great because it will allow you to have a guest or two over to spend the night. If you have grandkids, then you can have an extra room for them to stay when they are visiting. Depending on the guests that you typically have staying at your house will determine just how much room you will need in your spare room. 

2. A Family Room

Just because you're downsizing doesn't' mean that you won't want to have enough space to host family game nights, the Super Bowl, or movie nights at your house. Look for a house that has a family room that you can put a big sectional in for everyone in your family to hang out on. Having the extra bit of room to host fun parties will make you feel like you can still enjoy all of the same things that you once did, but without all of the extra square footage. 

3. A decent Sized Kitchen

If you had a big kitchen in the house that you raised your kids in, moving into a kitchenette is going to be a shock. When you are shopping around for a new home, look for one that has a reasonable sized kitchen. Sure, it won't have all of the cabinet space that you once did, but it may still have enough room to cook comfortably in without feeling too cramped. 

Downsizing your home doesn't' have to be something that you dread. Just because you are downsizing it doesn't mean that you can't still host your family and friends at your place. Keep these things in mind when you start looking at new homes with the help of your real estate agent.