Regular maintenance is required to keep your home in top-notch condition. Often these tasks are too much work for us, taking up valuable time and can be expensive if you employ professionals.
Certainly, retirees and semi-retirees can think of more pleasurable activities and better things to spend their time and money on.
A low-maintenance lifestyle can be achieved by finding a home in which both indoors and outdoors are meticulously set up to be hassle-free. It is a period of your life when you want to take it easy more and work less.
To help you enjoy low-maintenance living, here are five important features in your new home:
- Clever use of space
The most effective way to lower maintenance is by downsizing to a smaller house. According to Stockland’s 2020 Property survey, this is a rising trend among buyers.
But note that you don’t need to sacrifice space to downsize. A home with the right layout will feel large, comfortable and liveable, if the important features are laid out in a clever manner.
It’s essential to have a kitchen you can be proud of and where you can socialise with friends and family. Even if you live in a downsized home, your kitchen should still feel comfortable and spacious.
Smart designs take advantage of all available space, while still focused on view lines, the links between living areas and smart storage options.
The smart use of space for new homes involves connecting spaces in such a way to ensure privacy and amenity of the residents and their guests. This is especially true in Newcastle, where integration to the outdoors is essential.
- Low maintenance garden
Gardening is a pleasurable activity but not when the front and backyards are large as the pleasure could easily be outweighed by maintenance.
Instead of having a large space, opt for a smaller garden that is well designed and well-incorporated into the house.
Today’s front yards are regarded as the new “social spot” of homes as well as the area where you can showcase your gardening skills. Front yards feature a variety of flowers, plants and landscape designs. Low-maintenance patio backyards, on the other hand, offer a retreat where you can rest and relax.
- Sturdy materials and superior build
The deterioration of a house is commonly the reason for the many maintenance tasks that need to be done around the home. If you’re living in a house with a bit of age, expect that you may come across some problems with wiring, the plumbing or something unforeseen that is caused by general wear and tear.
An industry survey found that the main reason people purchase a new home is assurance in build quality, low probability of major repairs and higher quality features for an affordable price.
Choosing a home constructed using high standards and good quality materials, like steel framers to reduce the risk of a termite attack, are important to the home’s long-term maintenance requirements.
- Design for diverse ages
You will need to do a variety of maintenance jobs for your home over time. But choosing to live in a low-maintenance home also requires ensuring your home is right for you at various phases of your life.
You want to avoid moving into a new house only to discover it wouldn’t be able to meet your needs as time passes.
Choose designs that feature larger bathrooms, more spacious hallways, fewer or zero steps and are typically more comfortable and bigger.
- Common spaces for entertaining
Parties and other events in which friends and family get together requires time to prepare, take a bit of work, and of course, maintenance! However, it doesn’t mean you have to forego these celebrations just because you are living the low maintenance lifestyle.
One sure way to have a maintenance-free lifestyle is to adopt the common facilities featured in gated communities – which are all maintained by the on-site property manager.
Entertaining can be made easy, thanks to having access to larger kitchens, events places, bars, dining areas, lounge, etc. Compared to the family home, lifestyle communities have more facilities – all maintenance free!
This feature allows you to downsize maintenance, downsize your yard, but elevates your lifestyle.