When you're caught up in the excitement of shopping for your new home, it can be difficult to take a step back and consider where you'll be in two, five, or even ten years. But most homebuyers will own several properties over the course of their lives, so it's important to think about the time in the future when you'll want to sell your home and move on to a new one.
Certain features will make a home easier to put on the market at a later date.
When purchasing a new property, consider these factors:
1. Location, location, location. Yes, it's hugely important. Good schools,
good roads, freeway access, shopping options: all build desirability and
2. First impressions really do matter, so maintaining curb appeal is a
must. You were most likely initially attracted to your home by the way it
looked from the road; others will be, too!
3. Homes with more than 2 bedrooms are more desirable and sell
faster. They attract not only young families but also young professionals
who want a guest room and office space. Two baths can also a make or
break a deal for many homebuyers.
4. Storage space is a hot commodity. A home with an attic, basement, or
garage is a smart choice, and if there is lots of closet space, then it's
5. Never buy the largest house on the block. If you buy the smallest
home in a neighborhood of large homes, you'll get a higher return on
your resale than the larger homes will.
6. Upgrades are important, but don't overdo it. If yours is the only home
around with a fully integrated smart kitchen, you probably won't make
back what you put into it. Remodeled bathrooms, new kitchen
appliances, and updated flooring are much better ways to invest your
7. A larger yard is appealing to buyers, especially those with children.
If you have a larger yard than other properties in the same
neighborhood, your home will likely sell faster, even if the homes are all
the same size.
8. Get pre-approved for your new home loan. In this current competitive market, being pre-approved helps your offer
stand out, and helps show sellers that you’re a credible buyer.
While it's important that your home meets your and your family's needs, if you know this won't be your last home, it's just as important to look at your home's resale potential down the line. Try to set aside some of your emotions in order to make a smart purchase that will benefit you now and later, when you're ready to move on.