Did you know that the average home square footage has increased by more than 500 square footage since 1999?! This is mostly because the standard of living in America has increased so rapidly over the past couple of decades. 

All of this is good news for you because it gives you a better idea of what kind of home square footage you need to be searching for when purchasing a new home. Let’s read on to find out more about the average home size.

1. Home Size Needs Vary According to Family Size

The bigger your family, the bigger home you will need. This might be a no-brainer, but unfortunately, too many big families are also on tight budgets. For example, if you are a family of four, you would need an average home square footage of 2400 square feet, but a home this size costs $147,000 to $436,000, on average.

2. Make Sure Your Budget Fits the Home Square Footage You Choose

According to Thesimienteam.com, the median list price per square foot for homes in Houston was $193.38 in Jan 2022. 

If your budget is tight, or if you going through some financial troubles, then you will want to ensure you choose a home with smaller square footage. You don’t want to buy a home that’s too big for your budget, and end up getting into even more financial troubles by going into foreclosure.

3. The Layout of the Home Matters Most

A lot of people forget that the layout of the house matters quite a bit when trying to gauge how ‘big’ the house feels. Some homes might have the higher square footage, but because of the layout, might feel small and crowded. On the other hand, a smaller house with a great layout can feel expansive and open. 

4. Conserve Space and End up Buying Less House

Another way you can buy ‘less’ house is by conserving space. Remove all clutter from your home, by either selling or giving useless items away. Also, organize your home and closet space well, so that your counters and floors feel less cluttered.

This can give the illusion of more space and help you stay within budget. 

5. Have a Conversation with Your Family Members

Don’t forget to have a detailed conversation with each member of your family to get their thoughts on what the perfect square footage would be for them. Maybe your teenagers hate the idea of sharing a room with each other and would rather have a small room to themselves. Or maybe your younger children would like to share a room with you still, which could help you save on square footage. 

The Average Square Footage of a Home Takes Time to Gauge

You could use a home square footage calculator online to figure out how much home to buy for your family. But more than that, you will need to follow the tips above and do a detailed analysis of your family’s needs and desires. 

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By Manali