Building a House: Floor Outlets and Guilt

Real Estate Agent with Amerivest Realty

Matt and I went back out to visit our new house again today. 

Turns out... it's not going to be a huge issue to move the incorrectly placed floor outlets.  (According to Jason in the sales center anyway... the guys that have to bust up that concrete and reposition that pipe three feet will be cursing me tomorrow, I'm sure.)

Despite both outlets being in the wrong place, we're only going to have them move one of them.  The "standard" distance from the TV wall to the "great room" outlet is 10 feet.  However, (after measuring the room in the model house and measuring our living room at the condo) we decided we wanted that outlet to be under the couch and that we wanted the couch positioned 13 feet from the wall.  (Does this feel like a math problem yet?)  Ten feet would be fine if I could live with my lamps being plugged in under my coffee table - and maybe I could, but I planned to continue using the antique trunk that we've used as a coffee table for the past...thirteen years.  (Coincidence?  I think not.)  And, the trunk sits directly on the floor...

As for the outlet that was put in the entirely wrong room... I think we can be flexible enough to switch rooms - so that my desk can still hover over the "office" floor outlet.  (Just not flexible enough to move the couch or buy a new coffee table:))

The thing of it is... I feel guilty because I will now have the bigger room as my office - and the better view. When we first looked at this house, I assumed I would take the bigger, "better" room because you can see into that room when you walk in the front door - and my office stuff is prettier than Matt's office stuff. And, I spend more time working at home than Matt does.  But, then Matt wanted tile in his office and I wanted carpet and it makes sense for the bonus room - which also opens out to the pool - to be tiled and not carpeted.  Ahhhh.  Who knows.

There's also a GIANT closet and a nice-sized closet in our master suite.  Of course, the girl should have the GIANT closet, right?  But I feel way guilty about getting the bigger office AND the bigger closet.

Jason said we're still about four months from the house being done, so I guess we've got plenty of time to debate whose stuff goes where.

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Whenever you're involved with this type of thing when building a house, safety is important. There's no getting away from that.

Aug 09, 2015 02:35 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Tara Winfield If they mis-positioned the outlets, then I would make them re-position them correctly, or give a substantial reduction in price. It is your house, and you signed off on where these features were to be placed, You are receiving less than what you bargained for and that is a breach.

Aug 09, 2015 09:17 PM
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

It's your house. Put the outlets where you want them. Put the carpet where you want it. Put your couch and end tables where you want them. Ultimately you and your family are the ones that are going to be living there and you should be happy with your purchase and your choices! 

Aug 10, 2015 12:41 AM