Tuesday, March 29, 2022 / by Brenda Bianchi
Picking the Perfect Seminole House for Entertaining
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For anyone who enjoys entertaining, finding the perfect Seminole, FL home is essential. Not all properties are ideal for larger get-togethers. Some may not have enough space or the proper flow, while others may be missing a critical feature, making hosting parties less convenient.
Luckily, by focusing on the proper factors, you can select a house that supports all of your gatherings. Whether it’s birthday parties, holiday celebrations, or any other event, you’ll be ready. If you don’t know how to get the right house for your needs, Bianchi Realty & Property Management shares what you need to know.
Securing Your Mortgage
Before you start exploring Seminole homes or making offers, you need to square away the financial side of buying a house. If you’re planning to purchase your home with cash, this may be reasonably simple. However, if that isn’t the case, then a bit of due diligence is essential.
Spend some time researching mortgage options, including conventional, FHA, and VA loan programs. Additionally, review both the mortgage requirements – including required down payments and minimum credit scores – and current interest rates. That way, you can find the option that’s best for you financially, such as 15-year mortgage rates.
Choosing the Right Floor Plan
In most cases, a household that likes to entertain benefits from an open concept floor plan. Since the main living areas all blend together, you have more room for guests. Plus, everyone can mix and mingle with ease because several rooms are essentially combined into one large space.
Along with finding open concept floor plans, evaluate the flow when you tour houses. You want to make sure that navigating the space once the furniture is in place will be seamless, so try to envision how you’d set up the room before you choose a property.
Finding the Right Kitchen Design
For entertaining, your kitchen design matters. Since seating and surfaces are critical for large gatherings, find a home with a bar-height kitchen island or peninsula. That way, you’ll have more counters and space for some stools.
Additionally, consider looking for extra cooking conveniences. Dual wall ovens, pot fillers, and similar features could make cooking for large groups easier. The same goes for oversized refrigerators and freezers, as they’ll have more room for ingredients.
Planning for Guests Belongings
When guests arrive at your house, there’s a good chance they aren’t entirely empty-handed. They may have coats, umbrellas, pursues, or other personal effects they’d like to set down. By having a space for their belongings, you can improve the overall experience.
Look for houses that have enough space for a sizeable hall tree or that have a spacious closet near the front door. If guests may enter through the garage or a side door, choosing a home with a well-designed mudroom is another excellent option. Guests will have places to put their things without having to take over a bedroom or office.
Addressing Bathroom Needs
While you may not think about bathrooms as part of your entertaining needs, you should take them into consideration. Ideally, you want at least a powder room very close to the main living areas. That way, guests can reach it with ease.
However, having a second bathroom close by isn’t a bad idea, especially if you live to host larger gatherings. That way, guests can use it as well, ensuring no one has to wait any longer than necessary for the facilities.