Multi-Generational Living is a New Trend

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Housing priorities of young families and retired couples can vary. More and more households are combining by necessity or for the added convenience. When households combine, invariably, some adjustments will be necessary. 

However, the needs of young families with babies and toddlers are not really so different from the "aging in place" guidelines that allow seniors to remain comfortable and safe in their own homes. So, when two or more generations share a home, function and aesthetics are equally vital.

Here are 5 points to consider:

Space Needs

An open floor plan is practical and contemporary, making a home feel more spacious than its actual square footage. Open space should be balanced with private retreats if different age groups are to coexist in harmony. Look for plans that include flex space or a bonus room that’s adaptable to specific needs, perhaps as a playroom, a home office or a space for reading and hobbies. Homes with split bedroom wings are ideal for multi-generational living, and a separate "apartment" can often be carved from underused rooms or in a basement.

The Heart of the Home

The hardest-working room in the home should be both functional and attractive. Ideally, a kitchen in a household with two or more generations would accommodate multiple cooks. Plan zoned areas for storage, meal prep, cooking and cleanup. Consider an island or eating bar with appropriate seating and be aware of traffic patterns. Install an under-counter microwave, a second sink, and perhaps remote refrigerator drawers or a supplementary dishwasher, if possible, to boost convenience.

Embrace Technology

Motion-controlled and voice-activated lighting is not only available and fitting, but it adds an additional layer of safety and security. But technology shouldn’t stop there. Employ modern high-tech devices to facilitate communication between rooms, to monitor door locks and the building perimeter, and to alert residents to potential equipment malfunction. Investigate sensors that provide early warning about fire, carbon monoxide and water leaks, and install water-temperature controls on bathroom faucets.

Bathroom Requirements

Shared bathrooms can be efficient and attractive with adequate lighting and storage, and modern fixtures and faucets.  If you must add or remodel a bathroom, compartmentalize it so that more than one person can use the space at the same time. Opt for blade-style faucet handles and lever doorknobs. Install comfort-height toilets and curbless showers, dual vanities and use easy-care, durable sustainable materials. 

Stairs and Hallways

Ranch homes are perfect for families with toddlers and young children, as well as for senior citizens. Aim for that hallways are as wide as possible, ideally four feet, and that doorways are 36 inches. Try to eliminate impediments like uneven flooring.

Finally, whether the living arrangement is short or long-term, try to adjust your routine to cater to the individual needs of each family member, allowing room for privacy and personal expression.

Are You Prepared to Attend an Open House?

An open house can be a life-changing event for a homebuyer. If you plan ahead for an open house, you should have no trouble determining whether a residence matches or exceeds your expectations. And if the answer is “Yes,” you can proceed quickly to submit a competitive offer to acquire a house.

What does it take to prep for an open house? Here are three open house preparation tips that every homebuyer needs to know.

1. Understand Your Budget

Before you attend an open house, you should find out how much money is at your disposal. Thus, you may want to meet with banks and credit unions to see if you can get pre-approved for a mortgage. That way, you can kick off your home search with a budget in hand.

Although you know that you have only a certain amount of money to spend on a residence, it may be worthwhile to consider attending open houses for residences with initial asking prices that are above your price range. Because in some instances, a home seller may be willing to accept an offer that falls below his or her initial asking price.

2. Create a List of Questions

A home is one of the biggest purchases that a person can make, and as such, it pays to be diligent. If you craft a list of questions before an open house, you can get immediate responses from the showing agent. Then, you can determine the best course of action.

When it comes to an open house, there is no such thing as a “bad” question. As a homebuyer, it is paramount to get as much information as possible about a residence to determine whether a house is right for you. Therefore, if you create a list of questions in advance, you can improve your chances of getting the most out of an open house.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

If you’re uncertain about how to approach an open house, you’re not alone. Fortunately, real estate agents are available nationwide who are happy to teach you the ins and outs of the real estate market. By doing so, these housing market professionals will make it easy to take an informed approach to any open house, at any time.

A real estate agent will always keep you up to date about new residences as they become available. Also, if you are interested in homes in a particular city or town, a real estate agent will notify you about open houses in this area. And if you need extra help prepping for an open house, a real estate agent is happy to assist you in any way possible.

Let’s not forget about the support that a real estate agent provides throughout the homebuying journey, either. A real estate agent will help you submit an offer on a house, negotiate with a seller’s agent on your behalf and much more.

Be diligent as you get ready for an open house – use the aforementioned tips, and you can fully prepare for an open house.

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Open house on 11/8/2020 at 59 Mill Street Dracut, MA 01826


Date: 11/08/2020 Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM  
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Great opportunity to own a unit in the lovely Dallas Park 55+ Adult Community. It is rare to have a unit come on sale and more rare to have an end unit. Unit has been freshly painted and ready for just the right buyer. Living Room and Dining Room combination is an open concept with the kitchen and offers sliders to the deck where you can hear the babbling brook right from your deck. This complex offers an elevator, underground parking and an additional storage unit in the underground garage for extra items. Location is excellent and walking distance to public transportation or a short drive to tax free NH. This complex is hidden away for privacy, yet close by to local eating establishments and shopping. Stop by our Open House, you won’t be disappointed.