If you are searching for a new home, you are likely fairly clear on your general requirements. Everyone has a different idea as to their ideal home features – whether that be a gourmet kitchen, a spa bathroom, or tons of closet space. Another variable that must be considered is how many bedrooms the home should have. Unlike other decisions, the bedroom requirement may shift depending on the home and your stage in life. In this blog, we will discuss the factors that influence the number of needed bedrooms in a home – and provide an unexpected solution that may save homebuyers tens of thousands of dollars.
Did You Know? Homebuilders and realtors agree that the vast majority of American homes have 3 or 4 bedrooms.
What is the Optimum Number of Bedrooms for Your Home?
Although you may not realize it at first, the number of bedrooms you need is the primary variable that will create your pool of options. Additional bedrooms typically raise the list price, even if the square footage remains the same. In other words, if you are looking at two homes of identical quality and square footage – but one has two bedrooms and one has three bedrooms – the latter is certain to have a higher price. This is because the 3-bedroom home offers more functionality and, in a normalized market, is more in demand.
But the dilemma is even more complicated, as most people purchase homes with the intention of living in them for at least 7 years. They must consider if any significant life changes may occur in that time frame.
So, how many bedrooms do you need? Here are some tips from the experts to help you make that decision.
- The Size of Your Family: Will children share rooms, or will each have their own? This decision will align with lifestyle, preferences, and budget.
- Anticipated Life Changes: Can you reasonably expect the birth of a child, older children moving out, or elderly parents joining your household?
- Need for a Designated Guest Bedroom: How often do friends and family visit? Does it make sense to have a dedicated space for them?
- Space for a Home Office: Do you work from home and need a designated home office that provides distinct space and privacy?
- Caregiving for an Elderly Parent: If there is even a potential for moving a parent into the home, a private bedroom with a bathroom will likely be necessary on the main floor.
- Space Needed for a Hobby: Whether a home gym or a crafting studio, many people will need a bonus room or spare bedroom.
Fewer Bedrooms May Translate to a Lower Price
Real estate is highly specific to the neighborhood – location, location, location! It is difficult to make a definitive comparison between homes – but if two similar homes are for sale in the same community, typically a homebuyer will pay more for a larger home with additional bedrooms.
There are some situations when the number of needed bedrooms is absolute. But if the homeowner needs an extra bedroom to accommodate a home office, guest room, or potential future resident, Monarch Murphy Beds has a stylish alternative solution.
A Murphy bed allows homeowners to use a single room for multiple functions. Therefore, a home office is also a guest room and a playroom can easily become a mother-in-law suite. By simply purchasing a versatile piece of furniture, the homeowners effectively gain additional square footage by expanding the functionality of their footprint.
In a tight buyers’ market, new Sarasota residents are often forced to make a decision between budget and square footage. If you find yourself in that position – or if you simply want to expand the functionality of your current house – call Monarch Murphy Beds today. We would love to conduct a private tour of our showroom to discuss the many options available to you.
Monarch Murphy Beds is owned by Shelly Renee, an experienced interior design professional. She is happy to schedule a tour of our North Sarasota showroom, let you try the beds for yourself, and make recommendations based on your style, situation, and budget. From mattress choice to delivery and installation, Monarch Murphy Beds is your design partner every step of the way.