When you first start shopping for a new home, usually you begin with a list of things that you must have. Many times after you purchase your new home you find that your wish list of features did not quite add up to what you originally wanted.
Most usually want basically the same house. It might include 1200 - 1500 sq. ft., built within the last 5 years, open floor plan and vaulted ceilings. Laundry Room on the first floor, garage, basement, Master Bedroom with a garden tub, Walk -In closet and a decent sized yard with some degree of privacy. When you find it, you purchase it and you love it.
Here is what happens within a week of moving in. Both cars don't fit in the garage. Two cars cannot park comfortably next to each other in the driveway and when you step out of the car it is in the grass, landscape or snow. There is no place to sort and fold clothes in that first floor laundry just off the kitchen. There is not enough cupboard space to house both food and dishes. As it turns out there is not enough room in the combined kitchen and dining room for your table. There is no pantry and where do the broom and vacuum go? The space saving design of the garden tub make it difficult to get in and out of and it doesn't have a ledge for soap and candles. What looked like a huge closet has not shelves and not enough bar space for all your clothes.
On your second home you will somewhat modify your wish list. The driveway should be wider than the garage. You will want a 2 ½ car garage if not 3. A separate laundry room where you have space to manage your clothes would be nice. You will look for walk in closets for him and her with plenty of room to walk around in. One of the biggest complaints I here from first time buyers is, not enough cupboard space. All home buyers would be wise to remember not just to look for the presence of the features they want, but the quality, placement, and functionality of them.