The Right Home in the Wrong Location: Does it Matter?


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We’ve always had those situations when we have to do the best trade-offs, especially when buying something that costs an arm and a leg. One of the best examples is purchasing a house. What should you generally consider first? Right, it’s the house itself and its location.

You’ll probably be the luckiest homeowner on Earth if you’ll get the perfect house in a spot-on location. Unfortunately, we’re living in an imperfect world. We’ll more likely have to choose one over another. That’s where a crucial question arises: which is the most important? Let’s find it out here.

Considering the Location

As an owner or buyer, you probably heard of the three rules of the estate—location, location, location. This advocacy is created and emphasized by the real estate experts themselves. This ideal prompted the belief that one’s life can be either positively or negatively influenced by where a house is situated. It is the very reason why a location significantly impacts the market value of a home.

You can say that a house location is generally one of the essential considerations to keep in mind when buying a house. A child’s development, an adult’s occupation, or a family’s way of living can be profoundly affected by it. Consider the following:

Community

The visual look of your house talks about your reputation. The same goes to its location. However, no matter how you renovate a home, you can’t do the same changes in your neighborhood. If you don’t care about what surrounds you, that’s good. However, what about you have growing children? I bet you’ll prefer to go for an environment you’ll be proud to live.

For instance, you and your family moved to an awesome house close to a red light district. There’s no problem in the house at all. The thing is, whenever you hit the road, you keep on passing by the said district. Now, your children are getting curious. Can you avoid the possible probing questions of your kids about it? I hope you can.

Work and School

Whether you’re living in the city or countryside, there’s a need to know how long it’ll take before you can arrive at your current company. It is pretty usual for unmarried workers or young couples. Further, other jobs last for a few years only. Considering this, most workers spare time in thinking of a location close to employment centers, rather than the house itself.

If you’re working at home, there’s no need for you to take the hassle of traveling. However, if you have children who have to go to school, that’ll be a different case. If they don’t have a school carpool yet (like for kindergarten or lower grade-schoolers), you probably want to consider a house located close to the school. The closer your house from the school, the safer you feel.

Another aspect to think of is the quality of education. Most parents want their children to be enrolled and educated in the best schools. Due to this, they would prioritize living in a location close to that prestigious school.

The idea of living in a school district doesn’t only influence the parents. This is relevant to other homeowners, as well. Let’s say you’re residing close to a desirable school. Now, you’re planning to move out and sell your house. The local school’s quality, in turn, will highly influence the market value of your property. It’ll hold better value than those houses with no nearby schools.

Shopping, Amenities, Entertainment

Is it okay for you to drive for ten miles to buy vegetables? If yes, you’re the best. Living close to different establishments, such as banks, shops, or restaurants, is all about convenience. If doing the groceries from time to time, dining out, or having fun outside is crucial for you, then a house close to commercial centers is a must.

Health and Wellness

A researcher from Harvard Chan School’s Department of Epidemiology showed that there’s a 12% decrease in mortality rate if people live closer to nature. Specifically, research has shown that living in greener areas lowers the death rate by 34% for respiratory disease, 13% for cancer, and 41% for kidney disease.

Living a green environment is undoubtedly beneficial for everyone, especially for the older and younger ones. Choosing a place close to nature will keep you away from hazardous pollution. These places aren’t only seen in the outskirts of the towns. Many urban neighborhoods are environmentally friendly. You have to choose well.

Emergencies

A location close to the hospital is one thing to keep in mind. Its proximity literally saves a life. If there’s an emergency, there are two aspects of the utmost importance: fast recognition and effective response.

For instance, if you’re pregnant or having a pregnant wife, living in a short distance from the hospital makes all the difference. A paramedic can be at your door, or you’ll have to drive a shorter distance only and arrive in the emergency room quickly.

Considering the House

Are you one of those homeowners who would think, ‘what should my house look like’? A bigger one or a smaller one? A bungalow type or a three-story type? A newly-built one or one that’s tested by the time?

These questions commonly pop up into the minds of the buyers because the house should be a good fit for them. After all, it would be the place where their lives would be centered. Apart from these, there are many other reasons why many buyers consider the right house. Let’s take it from a house owner or a buyer’s perspective.

House Size

Unless you’re claustrophilia, we all want a comfortable, spacious house. It is necessary when you’re settling down or planning to have your own family. Listed here are different reasons why house size matters.

  1. You’re starting a family. This moment is what other people say as ‘the turning point of your life’ when you’re becoming selfless. You don’t need a big house for yourself, but for your children. Even if you’re going to bang for more bucks, still you’re going to move out to the burbs. These are the areas where you find larger homes.
  2. Your family is growing. Getting rid of the cribs and needing more bedrooms? If your children are growing, so your need for space is getting in demand. Other people prefer a space-saving interior, but not all. Considering that your kids and pets are going to run everywhere, it’s safer (and more practical!) to have a much more roomy home.

In addition, the size of the house doesn’t only focus on building itself or the property’s square footage. When buying a property, consider the vacant space that can be turned into a living area later on. The attic and basement are two things to take note. The garden, yard, lawn, or whatever you call matter, as well.

House Construction Quality

Many of us want to have a valuable house. Who doesn’t? It’s one way to be proud of yourself. A house can be the epitome of where your hard work brought you to and how far did you go since then. Having said that, opting for a well-constructed property is one of the ways to have an expensive-looking house while saving money.

Once you see low-quality constructed property, you should immediately know that it may be an indication of potential future expenses. It doesn’t mean that a structurally sound property is always cheaper than the damaged ones. Some well-built houses are still far more expensive compared to the total expenditure you may have for a renovation.

You probably think that ‘I’ll just replace the defects later.’ It is only acceptable if the person who’ll live in the area are all adults. If we have growing children, it’s best if we’ll not overlook poor construction quality. Considering that they might be curious about things and might not be able to recognize wrong from good, it’s undoubtedly unsafe for your children.

The layout of the house

There are some specific situations when the number of bedrooms or bathrooms are necessary than the size of the house itself. For instance, if you’re working home-based, you might prioritize a space intended for your office.

If you’re living with the young ones, the flow of the prospective house is a must to consider part then. You might want to have a walkable pathway between the living room, dining room, or kitchen. This goes the same thing if you tend to have relatives pops by to visit the children. You might even want to place usa made cabinets for your in-laws.

A merry-go-round visitors, not to mention your friends who like to crash at your place to grab some beer, would likely need a spacious room. While others might prefer a vast area, a floor plan that has been giving some thoughts is already exceptional. A small house area looks big if you arrange the interior properly.

Have you seen the movies’ Me before you,’ ‘Everything, everything,’ or ‘Midnight sun?’ Right, all of these are terminal romance movies. The main characters suffered from chronic disease and made them always stay inside their house. Due to this, as you’ll see in the films, their homes’ exterior and interior layout are constructed in a way that’s in favor of the patients.

House Area

The property where your house sits on is as essential as your house floor plan. You might consider having a well-situated, large backyard for the following reasons:

  • Play area for your children and pets
  • Venue for get-together parties or family reunions
  • Swimming pool installation
  • Garden for flowers or vegetables
  • Automotive shop installation or garage
  • Athletic training area

The distance of your house from other neighbors matters, as well. If you’re an introvert or someone who needs a quiet environment, you probably want a place that has buffers from other neighbors’ residences.

Emotional Appeal

I think you’ve experienced that moment when you see something and feel like, ‘that’s what I’m looking for’ or that appeal of you’ ll-know-it-when-you-see-it. This appeal is subjective. It depends on the buyers. It’s almost impossible to describe, but this matters when considering a house, as well.

An emotionally appealing property prompts you to imagine seeing your family happily living and growing in that place. You might end up neglecting another house that is almost virtually ideal in every objective way. In spite of that, whenever you think of this emotionally appealing house, you end up feeling right.

Does it matter if you’ll have the right home in a wrong location?

Are you confused? Indeed, there are two sides to a coin. I got you covered, though. Every person has a different status, so it’ll also reflect on what kind of house they need. I’ll list down the possible profiles of people with essential cases and whether they should focus on home or location: A person with medical attention (such as older people, pregnant women, etcetera)

  1. A person with medical attention (such as older people, pregnant women, et cetera)
  • A house built in favor of his/her needs
  • A location close to nature is better
  • A location where a hospital is in close proximity is recommended

2. A big family with children

  • A house that’s big enough for the family
  • A house that’s well-built for the children’s safety
  • A location close to school, shopping centers, and hospital
  • A location that’s environmentally friendly
  • A location where a house size can be adjusted

Takeaway

Others would say it should be the other way around—the right location over any house. It’s because a property can be renovated to match your personal taste. However, you can never change whatever is taking place in your neighborhood, which will negatively affect your children and yourself. However, considering the factors above, the right home matters too.

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