Single ladies have been a leading force in homebuyers for several years, and that trend doesn’t seem to be slowing. Are you a woman preparing to become a single homeowner? Here are seven features we recommend you think about when purchasing your new home.
Not only will spare rooms increase the resale value of your home should you ever decide to move, but it also means you have ample space for visitors! Whether it’s family visiting for the holidays or a friend staying the night, having a guest space is essential for almost any homeowner.
Think about a guest suite on the main floor, a casita with a private entrance, a finished basement, or a second master suite – all four options provide optimal privacy for guests without requiring them to book a hotel room. Plus, if you want to make a bit of extra cash, these spaces are easy to rent out to travelers.
Room to Entertain
Going hand-in-hand with a guest room is having adequate entertaining space. An open concept floorplan makes it easy to host while prepping dinner, and an upstairs media room is perfect for game or movie night. There are plenty of different features you can choose to make sure you’re always ready to host the next holiday, game day, or social event.
While all work and no play can make anyone dull, it’s still important to have a space for all of your creative and money-generating ideas. Make sure that your new home has a dedicated home office space. This might be a flex room or just a closet-turned-office; just make sure you have space to get that bread, girl.
Outdoor light features might not be at the top of your list, but you should give them a bit of thought. Significant outdoor lighting can increase curb appeal, making your home stand out from others nearby; they also heighten visibility and security, which is important for any homeowner.
Energy Efficient Features
Your new home is going to be an investment, certainly, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend unnecessary money. It’s important to be cognizant of your budget, and it’s often especially true for single homeowners. Investing in energy efficient appliances and features – such as multi-paned windows and well-placed trees to protect from sunrays – can save you a significant amount of money in the long run by decreasing heating and cooling costs.
As a single homeowner, you must be extra diligent. A security system (and maybe a big dog) go a long way, but one more feature you can look for in a house is a gated community. In gated communities, people entering and leaving the area are likely to be monitored.
It’s also worth finding out how close-knit the community is. Neighbors who know your general routine can be helpful in case anything ever goes awry (not to mention, it’s a good idea to get to know your neighbors in case you ever need someone in an emergency).
Living alone means plenty of time to recharge independently, but everyone needs to get out sometimes. Even if you’re not the most social of butterflies, you’ll want plenty of places to explore so you can get to know people. An amenity center, a resident-only pool, and local eateries and shopping centers can all help your social life flourish as a new homeowner.
Be as Picky as You Want
There are plenty of features to consider when purchasing your new home, but for single women looking to purchase property, there are a few that should rise to the top. Ready to start looking for your new home, or have more questions about the home buying process? Visit NewHomeSource for home listings nationwide, as well as informative articles on what it takes to become a homeowner!
Mia Zozobrado joined Builders Digital Experience (BDX) in 2019 as a content writer. A graduate of Southwestern University with a degree in English, Mia is passionate about the written word and making connections. Outside of work, Mia also serves on the Board of Directors for the Writers’ League of Texas.