We’ve talked a lot about the characteristics you need to consider before purchasing the home that will earn the coveted title of: ‘dream house.’ It’s so important to be honest with yourself and your needs and use these as criteria to move forward with your property search. Every dream home means something different to different people. In other words, yours is unique to you and mine is unique to me. But enough about the interior and location, the next step you need to think about is what you really need from your outside areas.
The Great Outdoors – Home Swimming Pools
When considering your dream home, be sure and take account of your entire surroundings. Of course, compromise will and should be something to have in your back pocket but when you’re beginning your search, it makes sense to be as specific as possible with what you really, truly need in a backyard. If you’re a fan of parties, allow proper space for that. Imagine where your BBQ will go if there’s not already one built-in somewhere. The swimming pool or lack thereof is also an important detail to note. There are arguments both pro and con to having a pool. Of course they are a relaxing and refreshing addition to your home, but on the flip side, there are safety concerns to ponder and not just if you have young children. But even with safety measures in place there are other factors to consider too: additional maintenance costs come with having a pool. There’s also the unspoken expectation that if you’re the family with a pool, you might suddenly get a lot more popular in the summertime. If you’re not good at saying, ‘Sorry, friends, no pool time today!’ then just expect you’ll maybe need to do additional entertaining some months out of the year. Beyond the swimming pool debate, you also may want to ask yourself additional questions about your backyard. For example, are you someone who really hates the sight of power lines or doesn’t want a neighbor’s house towering over the area in which you’ve been dreaming of sunbathing? Maybe the size of the yard is just not terribly important to you but your kids love to play basketball so a long, flat driveway is key. Maybe you need a detached garage for your yoga studio.
Whatever reasons you may have, it’s crucial to arm yourself with these interior (and exterior!) conversations before beginning your search for your perfect dream home.