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When it comes to the design and layout of a home, floor plans play a crucial role. The flow and continuity within a space are important factors to consider when evaluating the functionality and appeal of a floor plan. If the space puzzles you, it will also puzzle your potential buyer.


It is essential to carefully examine floor plans, as they can greatly impact a home's overall livability and enjoyment. In many cases, older homes may have unflattering layouts that don't meet modern needs or preferences. These layouts may lack proper flow between rooms or have inefficient use of space.


Homes with multiple additions over time can also suffer from poor flow if they were not thoughtfully integrated into the original floor plan. This can result in disjointed spaces that feel disconnected and hinder the overall functionality of the home. Many times, these homes become a hodgepodge of architectural and design ideas that lack cohesion.


It's worth noting that poor house flow can have significant implications for resale value. Buyers often prioritize homes with well-designed floor plans that offer seamless transitions between living areas, bedrooms, and other key spaces. As your realtor walks the client thru the space, they tell the story of what the future of this family will look like in this home. A lack of flow can make it difficult for potential buyers to envision themselves living comfortably in the space.


Before making a purchase, it is essential to physically walk through the home and evaluate if the floor plan makes sense. Put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer and think about how they would navigate through the space. Modern families prefer open-space floorplans with a focus on kitchen location whereas houses built in the 1900s valued privacy and spacial definition. You will notice older homes have defined entertaining areas separate from family living. Newer homes offer a more open concept where friends and family share common areas.


If a house needs a full gut and redesign, it is important to carefully consider the cost of such renovations. A full redesign will include new plumbing, electrical and HVAC ducts which should be considered in the budget. In some cases, the layout will prove to be too challenging for a flip, and you may want to consider buying the property with the intention of renting it out instead. This way, you can still generate income from your investment by attracting tenants who prioritize affordability over layout.


Ultimately, paying attention to the floor plans during your search for houses to add to your portfolio will enable you to make strategic decisions that align with your investment goals.

By ensuring that rooms are logically connected and there is a smooth transition from one area to another can greatly enhance both the livability and marketability of your property.

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