What are those “must-have” features that moms
are looking for in a new home? This post is devoted to making moms' life a
little easier, starting with the home. Let’s face it, raising a family can be a
heck of a lot of work, and even more so when your house isn't working for you
anymore. You’d be surprised how easy it
might be to upgrade to a home with all the features that you’re dreaming of. Team
Troy can help – not only can we sell your current home for top dollar, but we
can help you find the “forever” home, the “kids’-heights-marked-on-the-door-frame”
kind of home. You can do a custom search here and filter by amenities to find
the home that suits your lifestyle and family best.
Based on general feedback, here are the top ten
home features that mom wants (read: needs)
in order to run the well-oiled machine called a family from day to day.
Space: This doesn't surprise anyone who has kids. The amount of stuff that
you acquire just in the first year alone is enough to feel like you’re starring
in an episode of Hoarders. The list of items that need stored seems to grow by
the year: Christmas decorations, Halloween costumes, roller skates, baseball
gear, school projects, your old yearbooks, your wedding dress, you name it.
Efficient storage space is a necessity, whether this means extra large closets,
walk-up attics, full basements, or double car garages. We have stuff and we
need a place to organize it, store it, and be able to easily access it when we
: Every home needs a gathering space, and for most people
this ends up being in the kitchen. A large kitchen island has become the new
command center for the home. From eating your cereal in the morning, reading
the newspaper, doing homework, or just hanging out, the kitchen island is where
: This might not seem like an obvious “must-have,” but think
about it; laundry piles up in your house like the great Stevens Pass Avalanche
of 1910. Most homes have second story
bedrooms, so it’s easier for everyone to dump all the towels, clothes, and
sheets into the nearby laundry instead of hauling baskets all over the house.
Backyard: As my own mom used to say when we got crazy and cooped up: “go
run laps in the yard.” Seems like anyone with energetic little ones knows the
benefit of a nice backyard. Not only can it be a place for your kids and their
friends to play, but it can be a wonderful space to hold an outdoor party, grow
a vegetable garden, or even put in that pool you’ve always wanted.
System: Safety is on any parent's mind 100% of the time. Half the time you
spend trying to keep your child from killing him/herself, and the other half
you spend trying to keep your kids from killing each other. But what about the
threats that you can’t control? Break-ins still happen and a security system is
one way to thwart potential intruders and rest a little easier.
Bath Jacuzzi: Everyone needs a little down time. For busy moms, this might
be the one space where you can unwind and relax after a hectic day. In general, luxury
master baths are on trend right now, and this means deep bath tubs, walk-in
showers, and his/her sinks.
Floor Plan: It’s nice to be able to watch your kids from anywhere in the
house, and that’s what an open floor plan can offer. Not only that, but open
floor plans tend to give you more flexibility with furniture arranging and more
natural light throughout the home.
Built-in bookshelves, china cabinets, and even kitchen banquettes, can make
your life a little more organized and less cluttered. It also opens up space in
the main rooms when you don’t require extra shelving and tables. This means more
room for your kids to romp, and if you have little ones, less babyproofing!
9. Active Community
What are the top three rules of real estate? Location, location, location. Finding your ideal home in the ideal neighborhood is what everyone is looking for.
Whether it’s an urban village type of neighborhood you’re looking for, or a
master planned community, where your home is located can be just as important
as the features in the home. Moms’ priorities tend to be safety,
family-oriented activities, access to recreation like jogging trails, and fun
playgrounds nearby. Luckily, the Puget Sound region offers plenty of excellent
10. Top School
District: This is a priority for many families once their kids reach
kindergarten age. When it comes to quality education, location is actually more
important than home itself for many. Particularly on the north and east sides,
the schools are some of the best in the nation.
Do you like what you see? Call us and we can make it happen for you! 206.745.3457. Enjoy a Happy Mother's Day weekend!