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How do I Choose the Best Split-Level Designs?

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There are several things to keep in mind when choosing the best split-level home designs for you and your family. Consider such things as how long you plan on living in the split-level home, what neighborhood you want to live in and how much you're willing to spend. Setting such boundaries ahead of time will help avoid finding the best split-level designs that are out of your budget or in a less-than-desirable area.

Go online and explore. Many homes listed for sale offer interior pictures or virtual tours. Such technology saves you time and energy while you determine which floor plans offer the best split-level designs for your specific needs. Look at square footage, storage space, and the layout of each split-level home. Consider how your family would function in each home.

Don't forget to view floor plans and blueprints. Perhaps the best of the split-level designs is one you can build from the ground up. This option allows you to customize your split-level floor plan every step of the way. Oftentimes, you can also locate not only the best split-level designs but also developments in which those designs have either recently been built or are under construction.

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Meet with a local real estate expert and arrange to view split-level homes for sale in the areas in which you're interested in living. There are a wide variety of split-level home designs and floor plans. Take advantage of the real estate agent's knowledge and expertise to view the best split-level designs in the best neighborhoods.

Consider renovating an existing split-level home. If you find a pre-existing home in your ideal neighborhood and the home meets the majority of your needs, a home remodeling project or even some home additions may prove the best option to make it ideal for your family. When considering home remodeling, it’s best to consult a professional to determine if the split-level home under consideration is a viable candidate for remodeling or home additions. Remember that, even though a home is among the best of the split-level designs, location still plays a tremendous role in the home maintaining its value. Homes in very close proximity to schools typically don't increase in value as quickly as homes located even a block farther away.

Lastly, take a look at resale values. Regardless of how many split-level designs may work for your family, unless you intend to live in the home for decades, it is likely that it will eventually be listed for sale. The best split-level designs are those that prove to be a long-term, quality investment for their owners.

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