What Do You See from Your Window?
Of all the things that home buyers think about the first time they walk into a house, the view out of the kitchen window is probably not even on the list. But I almost always mention it. Why? Because I think it says a lot about a house. For me, a view of the blank side of the neighbor’s wall would make me feel claustrophobic. I know I need trees, hopefully some flowers, and ideally some birds on the feeder. So that is what I have:
Some of my home buyers are city folks. They hope for a parking spot, some small green area in the back or a deck to enjoy the cityscape. But do you know which houses they lean towards? The ones with windows on the back side.
Everyone needs light and beauty. A dark home can be an unhappy one, and no one can “put their finger on” why that is. My British neighbor used to tell me that her mother advised, “Never buy a home on a north-facing slope”. She was speaking of those dark houses where no light can get in. Where your mood changes as soon as you enter.
Most kitchens face the back of the house. And most have the sink in front of a window. But I have seen many homes where the sink faces a corner or a wall. And some kitchens are on the interior of the home, overlooking the family room or a dining area. I point that out and suggest we keep that in mind.
Oh give me a home with a sunny kitchen window overlooking the backyard and I will give you a happy homeowner!