Your New Home, Your Quality of Life Moving to a new Calgary home is an exciting endeavor that most of us look forward to; so why is it so stressful? A new home often means a change to your quality of life. Most of us are working to constantly improve our quality of life, and making the right decisions about your new home needs to be in line with the lifestyle you want for you and your family. Don’t choose a home simply because you love the house – think about all of the other things that come along with your new home. Is your family makeup likely to change in the next 5 years? Are you adding to your family, is someone moving away? Will you be away from the home more, or be more active in your home? Make sure you pick a home that is going to fit your lifestyle for the next five to ten years. You want a Calgary home that can adjust to your family or a home that your family can adjust to. Is there room in the future for additions? Can some of the unfinished spaces be converted into living space? Your family now may be very different from your family in five years, so don’t buy yourself a home that isn’t going to meet your needs in the short term. Consider the personal space versus common space ratio. Your budget may determine the square footage of your home, but it doesn’t determine the layout. Think about your family’s lifestyle. Do you like to entertain and host events at your home? Think about your kids’ extracurricular activities and your possible need to host some events, will you or your spouse be in a book club where you will need to host every quarter? Are you sports fans who want to invite your friends over for the big game? If so, you want to make sure that you have the right space and enough of it. This may mean smaller bedrooms, but for some families common space is more important than personal space. On the other hand some families prefer to have more personal space and are looking for bigger bedrooms and aren’t as concerned about a large living room or kitchen for entertaining. Is outdoor living important to you? If so, then you are going to want to make sure your back yard is suitable for the type of outdoor space you want. Large mature trees provide shade and can help with cooling bills in the summer time, but they also provide shade and often times they provide you with a lot of additional yard work. If you want to enjoy your outdoor space right away, look for a yard with small or evergreen trees that do not create a large amount of yard work. Look for a home that has a patio, deck or gazebo that can provide you the space for an outdoor patio set. If you plan on spending many years at your new home, then you have time to make the most of your yard, but remember that outdoor remodeling can be just as expensive as indoor remodeling. Don’t forget to take into account the amount of work you need to do to have your space be what you and your family wants out of it. Remember to take stock of your life and how you want to use your space now and in the future and make sure you find a home that has the flexibility you need for the years to
come. Finding a good fit is easier with your Calgary Realtor, so make sure you take the time to discuss your needs with your agent.