Thursday, April 11, 2013

Your Perfect Home? – It May Not Be Your Neighbor’s…………….

The beginning of the process that occurs with all of my clients is the choice of a dream home – the floor plan, the style and the needs of the family.  Frequently choices are made because of what a neighbor’s home looks like or what one thinks may have a good resale value.  With these considerations it is easy to end up with a home that does not meet your dreams.  The value of a home to live in is more important than a home’s resale value.


Trust your instincts.  Does a small room make you feel all warm and fuzzy?  Do you hate housekeeping and don’t have the budget for a housekeeper?  Is sitting outside on your covered porch in the morning having a cup of coffee on your bucket list?  Or a view of the sunset in the evening?  Is the last home you are planning on living in?  Or do you have a childhood memory that you want to capture in this new home?

 This is the time to ask if smaller spaces with higher ceilings might not work.  Or strategically placed windows and covered porches creating not only a wonderful spot to sit but shade from a hot summer sun.  Or perhaps a walk-in shower sounds good because there is no glass door to clean – and that backing in the wall is just there until it is needed.  Or is it a bay window or a porch swing or small library filled with books.

According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, a covered front porch is becoming a standard feature in new homes.  With the economic revival homes are becoming more about the individual’s experience, preferences and needs and less about expectations.

So as you make decisions and plan your new home – this is an excellent time to ask what things are truly important to you.

And as I always try to remind people – paper and pencil is far less expensive than wood and concrete.

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