What You Need To Consider Before Moving To A New Home

Everyone wants a new green and sustainable home, but sometimes that is not possible, so at least we should try to find a new home that will have as many of those features and others that are important in helping to enhance our lives.

Whether you are thinking about moving to a new house, condominium or apartment it is important that you put significant thought into how this new home is going to make your life easier, save energy and water, create a healthier lifestyle, and improve your emotional well-being.

Creating a New Home Checklist of sustainable, healthy, efficient and functional features will help guide you in making the wisest decision about the new place you select.

Moving to a new residence can be stressful with so many aspects to take into consideration. Before making that final decision, make sure to refer to your New Home Checklist, then you will be certain of meeting all of your prerequisites or at least most of them.

Below are 10 key prerequisites that should be included in your New Home Checklist:

  1. Locality.  Location, location, still is key in selecting a new home. The street, neighborhood, town or city, and country, which you move to, are very important because they reflect what is important to you. Neighborhoods are an extension of your home.
  1. Walkable-Communities. With increasing energy costs and climate considerations, the ability to walk to basic services is a key. Walkable communities allow easy access to the bank, grocery, dental, restaurants, commercial offices, community centers, and public transportation access. Walkable communities help increase physical exercise and offer mental and social benefits.
  1. Low or No-Maintenance Landscaping. No yard work is best. Let a homeowner’s association take care of lawn and snow removal.
  1. Green Building Techniques. Invest only in homes that incorporate green building techniques and materials making them energy and water efficient, providing a healthy environment and reducing the environmental impact over a lifetime of the home.
  1. Space Planning. Good space planning allows the indoors and outdoors to connect. Look for features that will allow future comfort, such as extra-wide doors with flared door handles and wide hallways, bathrooms with walls prepared for grab bars, and flexible spaces allowing the living room, dining kitchen area to flow into one.
  1. Daylighting. Natural light lifts the spirits and lessens demands on electricity.  The integration of nature also helps make any interior feel more spacious and offers spaces of all sizes as a visual element.
  1. Healthy Ventilation. Natural ventilation, energy efficient heating and cooling systems are a must. Up-to-date ventilation systems provide an even flow of fresh air continuously.
  1. Energy and Water Efficiency. Your new home should minimize the use of energy and water by using efficient materials and products. Using water saving strategies and energy efficient appliances in the kitchen, laundry room, and bathrooms significantly improves water and energy consumption.  
  1. Healthy Building Materials and Finishes. Make sure your new home has utilized recycled and environmentally friendly building products. A home that contains healthy materials and finishes with low and no-VOCs ensures good indoor air quality.
  1. Appliances. Think of the future and make sure user-friendly, energy efficient appliances, lighting fixtures and other products have been used.

The planning, coordination and moving to a new home environment, whether a house, condominium or apartment is time consuming, a financial investment and stressful. Make sure your new residence elevates your lifestyle and improves you well-being. With today’s healthcare costs, taking care of your health should start at home. Health is one of the most important aspects about green interior design and sustainability.

Let our expert eyes guide you through the project process and keep the big picture in focus.  We offer a comprehensive range of Sustainable Interior Design, Universal Design and Consulting Services by the project or on a consulting basis in Connecticut, New York and areas beyond. Contact us at 203.984.4695 or at site@lynnhoffmandesign.com.

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Lynn Hoffman

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