Today I wanted to discuss the five top floor plan mistakes to watch out for when you’re buying or renovating a home. Each of these drawbacks is a point of negotiation when buying a property.

1. Only step-in showers. This is a recent one that has started appearing. A step-in shower is great, but many times I’ll see people take out all the bathtubs and replace them with showers. This is a drawback. Buyers may have children they need to bathe or older people need to sit when they bathe.

Having only showers significantly narrows your market. If you find a house that only has showers, but you love it, by all means, buy it. However, even in this strong seller’s market, try to negotiate this point because it’s a negative aspect of the home. 

2. Tandem bedrooms. Sometimes a bedroom off of another bedroom isn’t going to be recognized by an appraiser as an additional bedroom. They want to see bedrooms off of hallways. You’re likely not going to want to walk through someone else’s bedroom to get to yours. This really is a flaw.

“Each drawback is a point of negotiation when buying a property.”

3. Stairway functionality. Sometimes the stairway in older homes will actually be through the bedroom closet. So, to get to the upstairs bedrooms, you’re walking into a bedroom, into a closet, and up the stairs. This is a large hindrance. People require privacy!

4. Bathrooms off the kitchen. Believe it or not, this is common, particularly in older homes. I see it in new homes too, but not as often, and they’re usually half baths. You want that bathroom tucked away from the kitchen a bit. 

5. Bad additions. This is one of my favorites because it’s just a bummer. Additions are put on homes to enhance the value, beauty, and livability of a house. If they’re not done right, they do just the opposite. For instance, if its fit or carpentry doesn’t match the rest of the home, this can be a problem. Also, if they’re not heated and insulated properly it can cause issues. I’ve also seen additions put in some peculiar places, such as a family room put onto a bedroom, so you had to walk to the bedroom to get to it. Don’t do this.

If you have any further questions about bad floor plans or real estate in general, please feel free to contact me via phone or email. I would love to help you in any way.