Home Buying Basics: How Many Bedrooms Do You Need?

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You are getting ready to buy a new home. There are many different options in your price range. One way to tell homes apart is by their number of bedrooms.

You may think the more bedrooms, the merrier. But that isn’t always the case. Here is a quick guide to determine how many bedrooms you need.

Two Bed, One Bath

The archetype for the suburban home was the two-bedroom, one-bathroom model. These homes were built across America through the 1940s, and they still work for many families.

But they are not ideal for everyone. The 2/1 homes were designed for families with multiple children. Families with one or no children have become increasingly common, and single people are more able to buy a home than ever before.

Two-bedroom, one-bathroom homes are still on the market. If you have a family of three or four, they may work for you. But even if you have a family of three or four, you can consider other options.

Three or More Bedrooms

The most common home on the market today is three-bedroom, two-bathroom homes. These homes work well for a family of four. Families of three can use the extra bedroom for an office or exercise space.

Four-bedroom homes work for families planning to grow. If you are planning for another child, have a fourth bedroom. You can also use the fourth bedroom to accommodate an aging relative.

If you don’t ever use the fourth bedroom, you can rent it out. You will need to keep the bedroom clean, and the occupant should be able to move through the house. But renting a spare bedroom builds an alternative income stream for you and your family.

Five-bedroom homes work for large families. If you often host guests, a five-bedroom home will accommodate them.

Realtors usually sell six or more bedroom homes as luxury homes. They are expensive and hard to sell.

Layout and Design

How your bedrooms are designed matters as much as how many bedrooms you have.

Split bedroom layouts set bedrooms off on opposite ends of the home. This provides privacy for the master and secondary bedrooms.

Splitting the bedrooms amongst floors also provides privacy. Keeping the master bedroom on the main floor with secondary bedrooms on the second floor is a popular option. You can also keep a bedroom in the basement.

Consider the designs of each bedroom. Leave yourself with storage space, natural light, and room for a bed.

Not every bedroom in your house needs the same design. But varying the designs adds character to your home. If you are planning to sell your home, try making your bedrooms distinct from each other.

How Many Bedrooms Do You Need? It Depends

Prospective homebuyers consider the price, safety, and value of a home. They should also consider how many bedrooms they need.

The two-bedroom, one-bathroom model doesn’t work for everyone. If you have a large family, a three or four-bedroom home works well. If you want to accommodate guests or rent a room out, buy an extra bedroom.

Consider the layout of your home. For privacy, buy a split bedroom home. Make sure the layout of each bedroom provides comfort and security.

As you look at homes to buy, you have a lot of questions. New Legacy Homes can help. We have decades of experience in finding affordable and innovative homes for families. Contact us today.