If you are looking to buy a house, read about some factors to consider if having guests is part of your life…
If you are looking to buy a house, it is time to think about guests. You probably have friends or family that live in another state. Have you thought about this when looking a homes?
You will want to be a good host and provide a wonderful place to sleep. Not only to save them money but to make the most of your time together.
You might even need to able to have guests for long periods of time. What if an aging family member needs to move in with you? Or maybe you need to help a friend with a place to stay while they get back on their feet.
This is why you should think about guests when buying a house. While sleeping on an air mattress or fold out sofa is OK, sleeping in a comfortable bed is much better!
What you should look for in a home that is perfect for having guests:
A smaller home may not have a guest bedroom. This is easy to deal with if you buy a house with a multi-purpose room. A multi-purpose room is a room that can be used as a home office, a storage space or a hobby room as well as a guest bedroom. While this may mean having the dreaded pull out sofa bed, it is also a great option.
Another option is to choose a home with a finished attic or bonus room. It is super easy to turn these into a great guest bedroom!
One thing that will make hosting guests more enjoyable is having enough bathrooms. And you need to make sure the water heater is large enough. Waiting for the bathroom can get annoying when there are extra people in the house. A guest bedroom with its own full bath is best. Plus this can help your home’s value and make it much easier to resell some day.
Another thing to think about is how nice having multiple rooms for entertaining will be. Especially during football season! One group can hang out and watch the games while another group is in another room doing their thing.
Hanging out in the kitchen while we are cooking has turned into a tradition at my house so pay attention to kitchen design/layout. Make sure that the dining area is big enough to accommodate a larger table to seat your extra guests. Or you can do what my family does and have different groups in different areas/rooms.
A split floor plan with the guest room away from the main traffic areas is also a plus. This means you can get up earlier or stay up later than your guests without making a lot of noise right outside their door.
While some times of the year are too hot or cold for outdoor entertaining, there are times that hanging outside with guest can be quite enjoyable. A nice deck or porch can be an awesome way to entertain in style.
These are just a few things to consider when looking at houses that will make hosting guests easy. For more info about buying a home, please subscribe the blog below!