When we are looking for a new home, especially the first time around, we think about all the things we would like in a house, but thinking about the maintenance of that house is usually way down on the list...until you have owned a home or two! Then, when you do think of the maintenance, you generally think of the big things (servicing the HVAC, cleaning gutters and mowing the grass) as opposed to the smaller, everyday chores like preparing supper or cleaning the bathtub. Here are some things that you and your household may need to consider as you are looking for that new space:
Child's View - Depending on the age your child this view may vary if they are actually already helping do chores or if they are too small to help out yet. Do you have a child that helps mow the lawn? How about one who takes the trash out? No matter how much you love that house on the hill, if Jr. will be rolling a loaded trash can on wheels down the steep driveway, or mowing the grass on a slant, it might become dangerous for him if he isn't strong enough yet or just prone to accidents. So whatever help he has given you might change if it is a hazard for him, so that makes you pick up the slack. If you have a smaller child and they need you to do a lot for them (like change their diapers, put up their laundry and more) then if their room is going to be upstairs, you might want to rethink a two story home! You want your home to be a place to train your children to be involved in the family chores and activities. Having a space that makes it easier for that to happen is a good goal to have.
Adult's View - As far as everyday chores go for the adult, I am sure you will think about what all chores you may or may not need to do in a home as you consider where to move, but if you have a multigenerational home, you may want to consider some chores that older adults can do as well. Can Grandma still easily reach the sink if she likes to help out with the cooking or dishes? Is there a spot where Gramps can carry the paper in without it being dangerous? I realize these may be little chores and all the younger family members can help out, but it's important for elders to feel needed an useful too, so keeping them in mind and the ways they can help is important. Or if you are at that age when you are slowing down and you just don't have the energy to take on a lot of chores, getting a home with a smaller yard or easy care cleaning are all things to think about as well.
Considering Pets - I don't know about your fur babies but mine don't seem to get a lot of chores done at all! I am sure that is the norm for most pets, but pets do cause a lot of chores that need to happen to take care of them that is for sure! Having a yard for a dog to run in, means making sure a fence is kept up and hazards aren't around for a dog to get into. Places to store pet food or accessories are important as well as access for those whose job it is to make sure the dog gets fed and has enough water. Another consideration is the type of flooring. If the house has wall to wall carpeting, any accident or illness will be a lot of work to clean up and carpets will hold a lot of dust, dander, hair and odor too. That will take a lot more maintenance than a vinyl floor. Also, a place for your pet to have for their own space is important because if your pet isn't happy they will find ways to show you that and that may cause a lot more chores for you to do!
The bottom line is this: everyday functionality of how a home is cared for is very important to consider when you are looking for a new home or if you are going to renovate your home. If the everyday chores aren't too difficult and they are accessible to anyone who may be able to help, well that will make your home a great place to be on a daily basis. It will also help to divide the work and make for a lot more time to just spend together as a family!