Tuesday, May 22, 2018

What Size Home is Right for Me?


When choosing a new home there are so many things to consider.  Location, price, style and size are just a few of the decisions that need to be made.
How do you decide on the size of your home?
Ask yourself several questions:
First – determine your budget before hand. Be sure to include the mortgage, interest, insurance and down payment amounts.   Your budget should be the most pressing factor in your decision process. No house is worth putting your family at risk financially.
Then, think about how your family uses the space.  Do you entertain a lot? Do you need guest rooms for out-of-town family? Is your family going to be growing in the future?
Do you need space for hobbies? An outdoor workshop or craft room?
Also consider the upkeep of your home. A larger home means more maintenance – interior and exterior.  Be aware of the extra time a larger home may require.
If you’re concerned about not having enough space – think about flexibility. Can rooms be used for multiple purposes? Is there opportunity to change a room’s function in the future?  You may not need more space just more versatility.
What are you looking for in a new home? What rooms are most important to you?

Friday, May 11, 2018

Kitchen Countertop Options


A new home is a great opportunity to personalize for both style and function.  Let’s start in the kitchen! Here are a few options for kitchen counters!
Quartz
Quartz is a great low maintenance option. Countertops are stain, scratch and heat resistant. They are available in a range of colors and don’t require sealing like many natural stone countertops.
Granite
Granite has been a traditional stand by for most new homes.  It offers an upscale look and durable workspace. It’s important to clean up spills quickly and maintain a sealing routine about once a year.
Laminate
Laminate countertops are the most affordable option and now come in a wide variety of patterns that look more like natural stone. 
Wood
Butcher block countertops offer a farmhouse chic alternative to traditional stone.  They are highly heat resistant but need to be properly sealed before using for prep work.
Marble
Marble countertops are an up and coming option in the design world. The cost is similar to granite and their look is clean and timeless. Marble is porous though so be careful about stains.
Which look or option is your favorite? What factors do you need to consider before making a decision?

Friday, May 4, 2018

Keeping Home Safe While You’re Away


Counting down to that summer vacation?   While you’re planning what to pack and where to eat, don’t forget to plan ahead for keeping your home and belongings safe while you’re away.
If possible, arrange for a trusted friend or family member to come by and check on the house.  Water plants, pick up any packages or deliveries and take out the garbage.  They can help the home look lived in by turning lights on and off and opening blinds.
Make sure to stop your mail before you leave. This can be done online and is a free service offered by the Postal Service.
If you’ll be away for a long time arrange for lawn service to keep your home looking maintained.
So what shouldn’t you do?
Don’t announce your upcoming trip on social media.
Don’t leave a window or door unlocked just in case.
Don’t leave your lights on to make the home look like someone is inside.
And last? Do let the police know you’ll be gone. They can drive by to check on your home to make sure that nothing looks out of place.
A little extra planning and you can enjoy your vacation with no worries about what is happening back home.
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