Motivational thoughts for 1/22/19
by Patricia Feager
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
When buying a new or pre-existing home are you buying to please yourself or other people? If the intention is to please yourself, buy what you can afford and have a cushion for the unexpected maintenance surprises that usually happens. Plan to have heating and air conditioners serviced each season. Within the last several years, I've noticed expectations have changed a lot and buyers are expecting to walk into a house for sale and find the perfect floors, walls, appliances, room dimensions, best neighborhood, adequate yard space, and all the amenities within reach at a bargain price. And when the Seller's Market was going strong, buyers were offering a lot more just to win. Many bought over list price and many were not happy.
The value of achieving your goal is by having realistic expectations. By being practical you will be able to explore creativity to paint with colors you like. Have flooring installed at your pace. Choose contractors or materials after you had a chance to speak to a number of different business owners or contractors who offer different products at different prices. Why buy in haste? If you buy a home that seems to have everything new and replaced, have you thought about are there any concealments? Sometimes the inability to do things right, right from the start causes more money to repair or replace later.
Here are some things to think about:
- Painting walls are not as difficult as painting a portrait.
- Area rugs can dress up laminate & ceramic tile floors quite nicely to tie into your decor.
- Do it yourself projects often come out exactly the way you want & better than expected.
Save your money to hire licensed technicians and contractors for all electrical and plumbing work. Contractors know when permits are needed. If applicable, for exterior projects check on HOA or Property Owner Associations community restrictions beforehand. Smart consumers buy with realistic expectations.