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When you’re house hunting as a small business owner or a freelancer you definitely want to consider your career as you schedule showings and walk through homes. It will depend on what you do for a living and how many people are in your family on what you might want to look for, so you definitely want to make a list of the things you need. This will include the family stuff you need as well as the work stuff you need.
Small Or Large Home?
How much space are you going to need to have in your home? If you have a large family and a large home business you may need more space than someone else. If you just need a desk to sit at you could get away with buying a condo. Condos come free of yard work and often have great views or are found in great locations.
If you need more space then you definitely want to look at houses and consider how much square footage you’re going to need. If you have a lot of products, are busy producing items, or need to set up a bunch of instruments, you will need a home with a decent amount of space, probably over 1000 square ft. if you want comfort, even for just two people.
How Many Rooms Do You Need?
If there are just two of you, you might just want a one bedroom home. However, if at least one of you needs a home office, then you want to look for a two bedroom. For some people, a home with a finished basement may be an ideal option, so you’ll have a place to set up a studio (whether it’s for art or for music).
If there are more than two of you and you also need an office or a studio you definitely want to add a room or two to the calculations of how many heads you have to fit in your home. Also, consider how long you’ll be living there and the ages of your children. While two young ones may be able to bunk together now when the teen years come they are going to need their own rooms.
Do You Need Storage Space?
You also want to consider how much storage space you’re going to need. You have furniture and equipment, and people, to fit in your home. You may even have pets. If you run a small business with products and you keep your inventory at your own place, you’re going to need a place to store that stuff.
A garage may be an OK storage place, but it isn’t a temperature controlled place, making it not a safe place for some items. You may want a safe basement space (where there is no chance of water getting on it) or even a spare room that you use just for your inventory.