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Prioritizing Your Home Needs versus Your Wants

When you are ready to buy a home, assuming you have taken care of determining how you will pay for your home, the next question you are likely to ask yourself is what kind of home you are looking for and begin to make a list of your needs and your wants. It’s really easy to have trouble distinguishing needs from wants but if you take some time to do this, it will help you narrow down your housing options, so you can select the right home for you without being overwhelmed by all of the choices. If more than one person is making decisions about your home, you should both make a list of your priorities, so you can then come up with your final list together.

Now, how do you determine what is a need compared to a want? A need might be the number of bedrooms or bathrooms in your home or the size of your yard or garage. A want might be a pool, fenced yard or new flooring. How do you figure out what you can’t live without when compared to what might be more enjoyable? Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you decide:

  • How many people will be living in the home?
  • Do you need land for a special purpose?
  • Does the home need to be in a certain location relative to work, school or other activities?
  • How many bedrooms will you need?
  • How many bathrooms will you need?
  • Do you need to be able to park a company vehicle on your property?
  • Do you have lots of tools or lawn equipment that needs to be stored somewhere?
  • Do you have a frequent need for a guest room for visiting friends or relatives?
  • Do you have an activity that you would like to be able to do easily like run without being on a super busy street?
  • Do you need an office in your home so you can work?
  • Do you have significant savings for repairs that might be necessary or do you need to select a home with recent updates?

Most of the answers you have to these questions will help you come up with your list of needs, but you will need to evaluate your answers and determine where that item falls in your list of priorities. You may want a four-bedroom home with a guest room for family to visit but if that puts you $25,000 over your budget to add the extra bedroom, you may have to sacrifice that for the home office that you will work in every day or the option to be within a few miles of your children’s school. Prioritizing your needs will help you get the most for your money without sacrificing anything that is truly important.

Being realistic is important, and your trusted real estate advisor can help you with this. Start with your mortgage lender than after determining your budget, work on your needs and wants list and start searching for your new home.

Christine Topham
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From Superheros to Souther Belles This Weekend Has It All

It’s rodeo time in Georgia! The Bartow County Championship Rodeo is this Friday and Saturday, July 13th and 14th at the Bartow County Saddle Club Arena. Come out and support your favorite Cowboys and Cowgirls. Visit the Bartow County Championship Rodeo’s official website for event times and ticket pricing.

Superhero Saturday is this Saturday, July 14th from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Tellus Museum. CW TV will be there with some of your favorite superhero friends for photo ops and fun. Visit the Tellus Museum’s official website for additional information.

Enjoy dinner in a show as The Vineyard Café and Dinner Theatre presents Steel Magnolias. This Saturday, July 14th at 7 PM enjoy this classic southern tale while sampling a delectable southern style menu!  Visit the Vineyard Café’s official website to purchase your tickets TODAY! Seats are limited!

If action movies are more your thing, then be sure to check out the Top Gun movie night at the Aviation Wing. July 14th at 11 PM the Aviation Wing of Marietta will show the classic film, starring Tom Cruise, on a giant outdoor screen, adjacent to the nose of the Aviation Wing’s F-14 Tomcat. F-14s are the aircraft featured in the film, and the Aviation Wing is home to the only F-14 on display in the State of Georgia. Visit the Aviation wings official website for additional information.

Christine Topham
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Turn Your Formal Spaces into Every Day Space

All homes are unique and everyone needs different rooms in their house. Depending on the setup of your home and your lifestyle, you may have rooms in your home that rarely get used. There are many ways you can update the rooms in your home to allow them to work for you every day.

To determine what would work best for you, think about your lifestyle and the things you do every day that could give you dedicated space for certain activities. A dining room or formal living room can become an office or play room. You might also consider tearing out walls and combining spaces to make larger areas and create an open floor plan that allows you to host groups of people or just allow your family to stay closer together even when you are doing different things. 

You could also consider making transitional spaces that could be used for multiple activities. An office that doubles as a guest room when you have company or a play room with lots of great storage to keep it neat and allow for crafting or other activities in the same room.

If you have decided to stay in your home longer than you initially thought, you might be ready to have your bedroom on the main level so you don’t have to deal with stairs every day. Adding a bathroom and a closet can make this happen pretty easily. Or you might need space for a parent or in-law to move in with you. This would also work well for a nanny or other caretaker if you needed to have someone stay with you.

Do you homeschool your children? This can be challenging without devoted space that will allow kids to focus on their work. If you are using a space that is primarily used for something else, it can be easy for your kids to become distracted when they are doing their school work.

A few more options would include making an additional living space such as a den or sunroom, a man cave or even converting space into a new or expanded garage. The options for changing your home are only limited by your imagination so think about your lifestyle and the kind of space that would make your home work for you.

Christine Topham
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To Pool or Not to Pool?

Many people enjoy nothing more than a trip to the pool on a hot summer day. Swimming, lounging, playing water volleyball or getting in a full body workout are all great ways to use a pool. The idea of being able to walk out your back door and dive in the pool can be very enticing but there are pros and cons to becoming a pool owner so how do you decide what is best for you?  

First, let’s start with the fun parts of installing a pool in the backyard. No more treks to the neighborhood or community pool with chairs, sunscreen, snacks, drinks,  and floats. Don’t worry about forgetting anything either because if you do, just step inside and grab what you need. For convenience, the backyard pool gets major points. towels

If you are looking for an easy way to work out without having to leave the house, few exercise programs offer a full body workout like swimming without an entire room of equipment. You can get a great workout with just goggles and a bathing suit and not have to worry about what time the gym closes each day. This is definitely another win.   

Pools can also be a great place to hang out. If your kids are always bored or you like to have friends over on the weekends, the pool will offer instant pleasure for kids and adults alike.  

So far, it all sounds like fun but there are some negatives as well. The pool will require some extra work for maintenance and this doesn’t come without an expense. Even if you take care of pool maintenance yourself, it won’t be cheap. First, you will have to pay for water to fill it and keep it full, chemicals to maintain the balance of the water, equipment to keep it clean and possibly a cover or other accessories. Add in chairs for the pool deck, towels for you and your guests and things can add up quickly. If your yard wasn’t already fenced, your insurance company may require this and your insurance premiums will likely increase as well because of the added liability of the pool. If you decide to install a pool heater to increase the amount of time you can use your pool, this will be an added expense as well.  

While a pool party is lots of fun, it can also be dangerous if people aren’t acting responsibly and there isn’t enough supervision. Children should never swim unsupervised even if they are strong swimmers.  

Pools can create a challenge when it comes time to sell your home down the road. Many people aren’t comfortable with having a pool in their backyard so they will not consider your home. There will be some people just like you that find the idea of their own pool exciting that will be interested in your home but you are extremely unlikely to get much of a return on your investment.  

Don’t make this decision quickly or lightly. Take your time to weigh the pros and cons and make sure a pool will add enough benefits to your lifestyle that you don’t mind the added risks.  

Christine Topham
RE/MAX Unlimited

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