February 3, 2023
Ask McEnearney: What ought to I remember when in search of my ‘endlessly dwelling’? | Actual Property

There isn’t a scarcity of exhibits like “Home Hunters,” “Love It or Checklist It” and “Dream Dwelling” that encourage folks to search for their excellent “endlessly dwelling.” However, when hoping to make your last transfer, what must you search for in a house?

I at all times advise my shoppers to suppose long run in the case of a “endlessly dwelling.” The next three issues must be considered throughout your subsequent property search:


Whereas a spacious second-floor main bed room may sound beautiful, it will not be sensible in the long term for one huge cause: stairs. To develop into your own home, any room that you simply may wish to use sooner or later must be on the principle ground.

Fortunately, these days a bungalow will not be your solely possibility for single-level residing – until that’s what you’re in search of, after all! A few of my shoppers discover that the simplest possibility for them is to buy a house in a 55+ group. For the reason that builder has already rigorously anticipated all of your wants by way of format, accessibility and upkeep, all you want do is transfer in! 

If 55+ group residing will not be for you, an alternative choice is to “age in place.” You possibly can both renovate your present dwelling to permit for issues like future wheelchair entry or you could wish to discover a “new to you” dwelling that has all the things on one degree in your most well-liked neighborhood. This may generally be troublesome to search out, but when you already know the place you wish to settle, a superb Realtor or contractor may help you establish houses that could be convertible.

For instance, a pre-existing dwelling with a big workplace on the principle degree with an adjoining rest room might be transformed to a main suite whether it is giant sufficient. Issues like counter peak, variety of steps as much as the door and maneuverability within the hallways are all vital elements to contemplate, which is why an expert opinion is the important thing to creating this feature work.

The ultimate possibility is to discover a builder who will construct to your precise specs. That is positively probably the most time-consuming and financially vital possibility, however it can allow you to dwell the place you need and provide the dwelling you really need.


Whether or not you’ve got at all times lived alone or at the moment are discovering yourselves to be empty-nesters, it is a good suggestion to plan some visitor house into your subsequent dwelling. You may end up entertaining out-of-town company like grownup youngsters, mates or different relations once they go to the Washington space. Moreover, generally dinner events, holidays and different occasions along with your native mates and relations require extra space than what you may want regularly.

It is a good suggestion to search for gathering areas in a house and consider how a room could possibly be used for a number of functions. An incredible room can act as a household room for many of the yr however permit for a bigger desk on Thanksgiving with some furnishings changes. When areas for company, keep in mind to plan for adults in addition to youngsters as a result of they’ve totally different wants.


Presently yard work and garden mowing could be your weekend interest, however which may not be the case sooner or later. A low-maintenance garden will repay in the long term even when you like to backyard. Some HOAs will do all exterior work so that you can sustain the neighborhood’s curb enchantment. If that isn’t the case in your neighborhood, a landscaping service may someday be obligatory. The addition of a patio or some out of doors hardscaping are various choices to sustaining a small yard.

As for the inside of a house, a examine was carried out that decided the toughest activity to keep up was cleansing, together with vacuuming, tidying, taking out the rubbish and different common duties. So, if you end up budgeting for what you may afford in your subsequent dwelling, a daily housekeeper may grow to be a necessity.

There are seemingly hundreds of issues to contemplate when shifting to your “endlessly dwelling.” An skilled Realtor may help you navigate this daunting activity so that you simply don’t should do it alone. Contact me at present and let’s get began!

Jean Beatty is a licensed actual property agent in VA, MD, and DC with McEnearney Associates Realtors® in McLean, VA. If you need extra data on promoting or shopping for in at present’s advanced market, contact Jean at 301-641-4149 or go to her web site JeanBeatty.com.

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