I sell a lot of homes and condos to out-of-town buyers for either relocation or second vacation homes. One of the most important tasks that helps me match buyers with their new property is having a heart-to-heart talk about how they want to use their new place.
Most of the time, they think they want to duplicate the home they own now. But do they really? If their Fort Lauderdale property will be a vacation getaway place, then it really shouldn’t be a duplicate of what they left at home. That’s just boring. Even if it is a permanent relocation home, I try to find out why they want to be in South Florida and how life may be different for them here in paradise.
1.How many bedrooms will they need to host friends and family, and how often do the expect to have visitors? Will a murphy bed or sleeper sofa serve their needs just as well?
2.Is a formal dining room really necessary, if they plan to be dining out most of the time?
3. How much use will a formal living room get if they will be spending most of their time on the patio or by the pool?
When you decide to buy a second home, or are planning to relocate, this is the best time to take inventory of your lifestyle and how it relates to your new home purchase. It may fundamentally change your priorities list, or outline a plan of how to better use rooms normally allocated to other functions. You will be much happier with your home purchase and you might be able to save money by buying a smaller property that can be remodeled or just reorganized to suit your current needs.
I came across this article featuring the author of the book “Right Sizing Your Home” that gives some great tips on making you home fit your lifestyle. It’s worth your time. http://www.inman.com/buyers-sellers/columnists/maryumberger/5-ways-right-size-your-home
When you’re ready to start looking for your place in paradise, Ken Can Help!