Certainly a favorite of what we do at Deb Beran Properties is showing home buyers the beautiful Smith Mountain Lake properties available to them. It’s always such a privilege to be part of the search for the perfect home, especially since it’s in our favorite area anywhere. But there are specific needs for every homebuyer or family, as well as amenities or parts of a property that would only hinder their lifestyle. We strive to help every buyer narrow down the best of the Smith Mountain Lake properties — and that includes making note of attributes that aren’t ideal.
Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better
At a lot of the Smith Mountain Lake properties you’ll tour, entertaining seems like a natural fit. Having the kids and grandkids come in the summertime, hosting family for the holidays and having friends fill your lovely deck for weekend gatherings is something we highly encourage. Knowing you will host often can cause you to become convinced you need much more space than you will actually appreciate living in. More space means higher utility bills, more time and energy cleaning and extra furnishings you may not be prepared to buy.
Before you sell yourself on a sizable upgrade on space, be sure you’re really ready to commit to the cost and care those extra square feet will require. Besides, your friends and family really only need your company and the loveliness of the SML setting to enjoy the moments together.
Give Yourself Room to Grow
While taking on a lot of extra space right away may not be what you bargained for in the long run, the option to expand when the time is right is a smart thing to consider. As children or grandchildren get older the family expands and as parents age, the need for accommodations increases. As you’re searching Smith Mountain Lake properties, you may want to consider whether or not you’ll want to give yourself the option to add on to the home. If there’s a chance you will, make sure you ask a seasoned realtor or contractor how easy it would be to renovate the properties you’re looking at.
One Step, Two Step
Young homebuyers searching Smith Mountain Lake properties may not mind a fair share of stair climbing, chalking it up to extra calories burned. But even young and healthy buyers should consider how often they’ll have to make the climb up and down stories, or back and forth to the dock. The frustration of dealing with a high number of stairs on a daily basis may quickly outweigh health benefits you first envisioned.