Nationally, the average household size in the Philippines is 4.6 people per household, according to the latest data from geographic information system ArcGIS. Condominiums and apartments in the metro today, however, rarely have enough space for a typical family of four, let alone for extended family. So, if you’re in the market for a new home, here are a few things that will help you determine how much living space your family needs:
Assess Your Lifestyle
Just as Land Estimate reviews often mention, it is important that you assess your lifestyle before making a home purchase. Does your family have an active lifestyle, or do you all love to hang out at home? Do you entertain often and throw big parties, or does your family tend to go out on holidays? If you need more space for entertaining guests or relatives on vacation, you might want to shop for larger properties. Otherwise, a two-bedroom, single-attached home in a nearby province will probably be a good fit for your family of four.
Know Your Priorities
Small houses tend to look more cluttered as they often don’t have ample space for all your belongings. By contrast, large homes have plenty of spaces that aren’t only perfect for your appliances and decor, but ideal for family interaction, as well. In fact, a study published in The Wall Street Journal a few years ago found that 68% of the family’s time was largely spent in the kitchen. Like Americans, Filipinos often gather around the table during mealtime, too. So, if keeping a close-knit family is a priority, you might want to purchase a home with a spacious kitchen and dining room, as well as other amply-sized areas where your family members can hang out.
Think of Your Future Needs
Family lives are constantly evolving, and a home that works for you today may not work tomorrow. If you plan to have a large family or will likely be in charge caring for an elderly parent, you might need a house with a sufficient number of rooms. So, before deciding on a home purchase, it is crucial to anticipate the possible changes in your family life that might affect your space needs in the future.
Buying a new home is a huge decision for you and your family. But, with the space requirements addressed, it will be much easier for you to trim down your choices and pick one that matches the needs of the whole family.