When you buy a home, you are buying a wealth-building tool to avoid throwing your money away on rent. Although there will be booms and busts, your home’s value most likely will not outpace
Become A More Knowledgeable Home Owner This Year
Dated: June 23 2021
Before you purchase a home, make sure it will meet your short and long term needs so you’re satisfied with the decision even after closing day.
CHECK OFF THE MUST-HAVES
Are you considering an open floor plan? Although it’s the most sought after feature for many homeowners, will you feel like the room is too much of a shared space or lacks privacy?
Think about day-to-day experiences with your loved ones or with other friends and family members who visit. Picture your holidays and weekends and see how comfortable you feel at the thought of the house’s layout.
LAUNDRY UPSTAIRS OR DOWNSTAIRS?
An upstairs laundry room can be convenient to some, but could turn into an irritation with noise. Do you have kids who track in dirt often? How about pets? What layout fits your habit most when it’s been a long day outside?
Pools are wonderful for entertaining and also enjoying the outdoors to cool off on a hot day. But are you ready to keep up with the maintenance? Typically maintenance costs can run up to $100/month if you prefer to hire a professional.
HARDWOOD OR CARPET
Hardwood floors or high-end vinyl is more commonly appreciated than carpet nowadays. With more household pets, carpets can lead to more mess and hassle. A smaller private room may be most comfortable with a carpet to dig your toes in after a rough day. Bathrooms of course are more commonly seen without carpet but if you live in a cooler environment year-round, should you have heaters installed?
Ask yourself, what do I like to step on when I run through the house or when I tiptoe in?
These are a few items to consider when looking for that next place to call home.
TRUSTED ADVISOR, REALTOR® As a Tampa Bay native, KT knows the ins and outs of her city she calls home. “My Father lived, slept, and breathed Real Estate for over 30 years, as I do now. I remember g....
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