Too often overlooked in the selection of houses is a winning floorplan. I envy the new home builders over the pre-owned market because everything is so neatly tied up in a bow. Clean floor plans with all the dimensions are available to the buyer. I feel like an architect's assistant looking at them.
As great real estate agents, if a home is not too old perhaps the floor plan is still available and can be scanned into the MLS for additional information for the buyer.
Good floor plans of the modern era flow from room to room. Open space is used well. Much older than 30 year old homes had more hallways and lacked art niches and some of the open feeling that is so prevalent with today's designs.
I see too many Master suites that are too small and you wonder how you'll get all your bedroom furniture in there. Some main living areas have the fireplace as the center piece where many want their entertainment center (TV / Stereo) there. Others care to have the big plasma in a dedicated game room.
So keep in mind floor plan if you are a buyer.
Along with location, condition and price it is important. Why? Guess where you live most of the time? INSIDE. Who wants a clunky floorplan with too many step ups and downs and running into walls all the time?
Do you want a Master up or down? Some people feel strongly about either of those positions. Not a right or wrong, but know what you want. If you select the right floor plan you'll live happily ever after in Home Sweet Home, at least until you move again in 5 to 7 years!!