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If you are ready to find your forever home, you may be weighing the options of whether to find the perfect home to suit your needs or have one built, so it can be custom designed to accommodate everything you want. For many people who have specific wants and needs, building a new home may seem like the better option. Before you make your decision, it is important to understand both the pros and cons when deciding to build your home.
Pro: Everything is New
When you build a new home, one of the most obvious benefits is that everything in the home is new. This means you will have a longer time before you will need to replace windows, roof, appliances, carpet and a multitude of other expensive purchases.
Pro: You Can Customize Your Design
Even if you are building from a model design, you will have a lot more options to customize your home so that it can accommodate your needs and specific lifestyle. This can be as simple as cupboard and counter materials to as major as room layouts. Designing a home before is built is often easier than trying to renovate a current home to your specific wants.
Cons: It Could Be Awhile Before You Move In
On average, it can take seven months to a year for a new home to be fully constructed, and that is usually if everything goes smoothly and the weather is cooperating. If you decide to build your home, you will need to be able to stay in your current residence for at least a year and should anticipate possibly having to stay longer than expected.
Cons: You Will Not Have Much Room to Negotiate Price
When you build a home, you will not have a lot of wiggle room to negotiate costs and will be responsible for all costs associated with closing. Typically, cost breaks only come when construction costs are down and the vendors of the materials are looking to make deals.
Before deciding whether to buy or build a home, weigh the pros and cons of each choice so that you can be sure to arrive at the best decision.
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With few exceptions, a backyard shed is a resource that's going to provide you with an array of benefits for as long as you own your home.
If you're in the house-hunting mode, right now, a storage shed is a desirable feature that is usually worth including on your wish list. While many sheds are purely functional in nature, some can be used to dramatically enhance the landscaping and aesthetic appeal of your property.
In many cases, new homeowners don't realize how much they need a shed until after they've settled into a house that doesn't have one. When your tools, equipment, and supplies are easily accessible, your gardening, yardwork, and maintenance tasks will become much more convenient and less of a chore. Having an enclosed, protective structure to easily store your rakes, shovels, and hedge trimmers will also decrease the likelihood that they'll be left out in the yard and subjected to the elements of nature.
Although sheds are useful to any property owner who does their own mowing, raking, and snow removal, some homeowners find them indispensable.
- Gardeners: Whether you cultivate vegetables, flowers, or other plants on your property, you'll need a convenient and dry place to store everything from tools and fencing material to seedlings, gardening soil, fertilizer, peat moss, clay pots, and statues. A well-organized shed can also help you keep track of when supplies are low and need to be replenished.
- Swimming pool owners: When you consider the daily and weekly tasks that are involved in maintaining a swimming pool, it makes sense to have a dedicated space for safely storing and organizing equipment, pool chemicals, extra patio furniture, and even floatation devices. If you leave these items outside they tend to get dirty, damaged, or even stolen. Securing and storing pool chemicals away from children and pets is also a major safety consideration.
- Most other property owners: As long as you have grass that needs to be mowed regularly, bushes that require trimming, and deciduous trees that shed their leaves in the fall, yard maintenance is an inescapable aspect of home ownership. For those who live in snow-prone areas of the country, keeping shovels, bags of rock salt, and possibly a snow blower on hand are often considered necessary elements of winter survival. While some people try to cram all those items into their garage, having a separate storage building on the premises can make life a lot more organized and less cluttered.
Boosting the value of your home doesn’t have to require huge renovation projects, thousands of dollars, and months of planning. Making small, tactful home improvements can do the trick just as well.
The key to making desirable home improvements is to follow well-established building and design principles. Don’t worry about the latest trends or trying to reinvent the wheel.
In this post, we’ll tell you how to do just that so your home can be market ready in no time. Here are the top ten improvements for your home that cost $100 or less.
1. Add fixtures to the most outdated room of your home
Most people tend to renovate their homes one room at a time. If you have that one room that’s keeping your home in the past, bring it up to speed by replacing the fixtures; whether that’s a new faucet, doorknobs, or other hardware.
2. Shine the light on your hard work
A dark room feels smaller, older, and less put together. Abundant lighting is an excellent way to make your home feel larger and more welcoming.
3. Paint the front door and mailbox
It’s all about curb appeal. Refresh the outside of your home by putting a fresh coat of paint on your front door and mailbox. Bright, bold colors are sure to help your home stand apart from the neighbors while still fitting in.
4. Powerwash exterior surfaces
For $50 you can rent a pressure washer and clean up your vinyl siding, decks, walkways, and driveways. That’s a lot of value and square footage for a small investment.
5. Buy a “luxury shower head”
You can find spa-style shower heads on Amazon for less than $40 that look great and will make your home feel a bit more luxurious.
6. Stage to sell
Buy some modern wall art and large plants and ditch the family heirlooms for when it comes time to sell. These additions will make it easier for prospective buyers to picture themselves living in your home.
7. Mirrors are magic
Mirrors can be used in a number of places around the home to create the illusion of spaciousness in rooms that are otherwise lacking. There are plenty of creative uses for mirrors for each room of the home.
8. Ditch the linoleum
Underneath those linoleum floors lies wood that might be able to be refurbished. Don’t worry about small dings; they add character.
9. Get ready for the welcome party
Buy a fresh doormat and replace an old doorbell to make visitors feel like they’re entering a brand new home.
10. Cable management is king
Hide those cables in the office and living room by tying them behind displays or running wires underneath carpets or behind the drywall. This can instantly make your home feel more clean and put-together.