Although a 1,000-square-foot home may have suited your needs as a couple or family of three, it most likely isn’t enough room for more kids and pets. So how do you know when it’s time to upsize and look for a new single-family home? These tips from eastern Pennsylvania builders Segal & Morel can help you understand why it may be time to take the leap.
Reasons to Choose a Bigger Home
The most common reason people move to bigger homes is because their family is growing. However, having another child isn’t the only reason families decide to upsize – those taking care of aging parents may need more space or a different setup and people who own multiple pets may be looking for a place with a more spacious yard. A larger home also means that rooms probably will be bigger, and you’ll have the flexibility of choosing a floor plan that accommodates the logistics of living with your growing family.
Find a Home That Meets Your Needs
It’s important to adapt as you enter different stages of life. Even if you’re OK with the size of your current home, its design may not work for your family anymore. For example, if your teenage kids have friends over frequently, you may want to consider a new home with additional bedrooms, bathrooms, and a finished basement for more privacy. Some empty nesters don’t necessarily want to downsize but may need to find a new home with a bedroom and bathroom suite on the first floor and recreational amenities nearby.
Enjoy Modern Amenities
Smaller, older homes typically have fewer modern amenities than new homes do. If you’re into cooking, a small galley kitchen may not be cutting it anymore – in a new, larger single-family home you can create the spacious gourmet kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances you’ve always dreamed of. Or maybe you just bought another car for your teenager and want to upgrade to a home with a spacious three-car garage.
As more people become environmentally conscious, the demand for green homes is on the rise. If you need more space, buying a more energy-efficient home will save you money in the long run. The design, construction, and operation of a green home all focus on energy and water efficiency, renewable building materials, indoor environmental quality, and the home’s overall impact on the environment. Features such as tankless water heaters, high-efficiency HVAC systems, and rainwater collection systems not only treat the environment with care, they can cut down on high utility costs while allowing you to live in the utmost comfort. To ensure you’re truly going green, always look for Energy Star® certified houses and homes that have been Green Certified by the NAHB Research Center.
Expand Your Horizons
Regardless of whether you’re looking for a bigger home or plan to buy something comparable in size to what you have now, choosing a location where you can see yourself living happily is an important consideration. For example, a planned community such as Riverview Estates has tons of on-site amenities: a pool, clubhouse, walking and biking trails, and gorgeous views. It’s also close to a wide range of recreational and cultural activities such as the State Theater and Riverview Country Club Golf Course. Thanks to easy interstate highway access, Philadelphia, Central New Jersey, and New York City all are within easy driving distance as well. Not only that, moving to a larger home in a new location can allow you to get to know diverse groups of people of all ages and make new friends.
Contact Us to Learn More About New Single-Family Homes
At Segal & Morel, we understand that where you live isn’t just a house – it’s the place you call home. For more than 50 years, we’ve created exceptional single-family homes built with quality materials and first-class craftsmanship. Our green, Energy Star® certified luxury homes offer comfort, convenience, and cost savings while reducing your impact on the environment. If you’re interested in finding a new home, contact us online or call our office in Easton, PA, at 610-923-8422 to learn more.