Finding (and Making) a Home When You Love to Entertain
So, you’re in the market for a new home. But not just any home will do because you have entertainment at the back of your mind. Maybe you envision having your friends over for the big game or hosting the best playdates in the neighborhood. Perhaps you dream of hosting a large dinner for your family and close friends.
Whatever your reasons maybe, you can target homes that will specifically serve as an excellent venue for your entertainment. Whether you are looking to buy or rent, check out these simple home buying tips.
Get the basics out of the way
First of all, if your goal is to purchase a home, you will want to do everything you can to minimize stress. Along with working with an experienced and skilled real state professional, you should also get preapproved for a mortgage. This will not only give you an accurate estimate of how much home you can afford, it will also give you an advantage in the market. Sellers tend to gravitate toward buyers who have been pre approved because it means less risk for them.
As you search for a mortgage, review the latest 30 and 15 year fixed mortgage rates and consult with your lender to figure out the best mortgage option.
Look for certain features
As you begin your house hunt, make a list of potential features that would make your home a stellar entertainment space. For example, you might want a welcoming entry with plenty of space and lighting. Perhaps you would like a coat closet to keep everyone’s coats and bags clean and tidy while they visit.
Nothing makes for a more comfortable evening than having places to sit around the kitchen counter, and a comfortable furniture in the living area. If you find a place that you like and yet space seems to be an issue, you can turn to multifunctional or modular pieces. If you have piece of furniture that have some wear and tear already but would like to keep it, consider getting it reupholstered. Search for “best upholstery near me” to find local contractors and customer ratings. Cost will depend on the size of the piece, fabric, and whether you need anything customized.
Besides serving as a place to entertain, you may need other features in your home as well. If you run a business from home, it’s vital that you have a place where you can stay productive. Look for a home with an office or a bedroom that can be converted into one.
Get ready to host
Once you’re settled in your new home and hoping to host events soon, you will need to prepare. Start by decluttering and deep cleaning your living space ruthlessly. Go room by room, and clean from the ceiling working your way down to the floors. Think about how you can create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.
Make sure you have the basics down — throw some pillows on your furniture, add some dish towels and placemats to the kitchen and dining area, and put in a scented candle in the bathroom for good ambiance. Get the music going through your portable speaker, and if the weather is right and you have a fireplace, light that thing up!
As long as you have a clear vision of what you want, you can find a home that lets you entertain as much as you want to. Remember to prepare for the homebuying process, and strategize your house hunt by considering features that will make your space the ideal entertainment spot. And don’t forget to invest time and energy into planning for get-togethers!