We all know that houses come in different styles, shapes, and sizes. You have to ask yourself which style is best for your personal tastes and needs.
We all know that houses come in different styles, shapes, and sizes. Others prefer the elegant, two-story colonial. Some are enamored about easy-living, one-story ramblers. Still others fancy a split-level, and some go for contemporaries. You have to ask yourself which style is best for your personal tastes and needs.
When it comes to investment, style may not make much difference—unless you get an oddball home amongst conventional ones. Never buy the sole Spanish villa amidst two-story, red-brick colonials. Most buyers prefer traditional-looking homes. They will not go for wild, screaming colors and styles.
Before, the trend in California was contemporary—everyone wanted houses having weird-shaped roofs shooting in different directions. Now homeowners want houses “with a classical feel.”
In short, keep your distance from extremes.
“Never get the most expensive or the least expensive home in the neighborhood,” according to the Home Owners Warranty program. “If the neighborhood you are considering is really nice, but the home you like just is not at par to the quality of the surrounding homes, you’ll have a hard time getting a good offer when resale time comes. On the other hand, if the home you are interested in is the only pretty one in the area, the surrounding homes will bring down the value of your home when it is appraised.”
A lot depends on where you live. In casual living areas like San Diego, ramblers are popular. In the east, colonials may be favored. When it comes to new houses, the two-story house is cheapest to build per square foot since the design gives twice the space of a ranch unit for the same measure of land. Furthermore, a ceiling is cheaper to build than a floor and foundation.
What a house appears like can be crucial. But keep in mind that substance is more important than style.
Published in: Apartment Living