Mistakes To Avoid When House-Hunting

House-hunting can be both an exciting and daunting process. The idea of moving to a new home, especially if you’re a first-time buyer can be enthralling and yet there are many pitfalls you can easily fall into when it comes to choosing your new house. Here are some of the most common mistakes you’ll want to avoid when house-hunting.

  • Try not to aim too high when looking for a house. If you’re buying through an estate agent, they might throw in a viewing that’s way out of your price range but right up your alley. Don’t waste your time viewing properties that are out of your budget, even if it’s only marginally. You should have calculated your budget accurately and precisely, and even an increase of a thousand dollars can have a negative effect on the rest of your calculations. If it’s too expensive, it isn’t for you. Move on!

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  • It could be that you find the perfect house for you, but that it’s in an undesirable neighborhood or it could need some major repair work. It’s important not to ignore any flaws in the houses you view, even if they are otherwise seemingly perfect. Small flaws or things that might need renovation could end up being extremely costly, so be wary when on your viewings!
  • If you’re house-hunting on a budget another easy mistake to make is to over-compromise. You should make a list of the property requirements you want, such as a garden or off-road parking capabilities. If the property you’re viewing doesn’t have what you’re looking for then you can probably do better. Be realistic about what you’re looking for though, don’t expect a Jacuzzi and swimming pool if your budget won’t allow for it!
  • You should also be aware of repair works that need to take place. You might be able to convince yourself that re-tiling the bathroom is an easy task, or that re-wiring the living room is perfectly acceptable for you to do. Try to remain realistic about your handyman capabilities. If you end up buying a house that needs cleaning and renovations you just aren’t capable of, you could end up paying a small fortune.
  • Once you’ve found the place for you, it’s time to put in an offer. It’s easy to make mistakes here, so tread lightly. Don’t rush to make an offer if you have any qualms about the property. Take your time when making the final decision – home ownership is a big investment and not one to be taken lightly!

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  • When you’re absolutely sure you’re sure, you can make the offer. Don’t take too long in making your decision, as it’s likely that someone else has their eye on this property too. Try to ask your estate agent how long the house has been on the market or how many viewings the place has had, so you can figure out how long you have to act.
  • The final thing to be wary of is how much you offer. Try not to go too high or too low, especially if you’re aware of exactly how many people are interested in the house. Don’t get caught in a bidding war if you’re new to the property market either, it’s all too easy to get lose yourself in the idea of your new home, without realizing you’ll actually have to pay! Offers that are too low are going to be rejected, but people that are looking for a quick sale may be more likely to jump on them – make sure you do your research!

A big thanks to Ella Andrews for the informative article on one of the biggest & most rewarding financial decisions that you will ever make!

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Grey Is The New White?

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Why grey?

The color has been surfacing as an increasingly talked-about color in home finishes lately. And I have a few ideas why.

To its credit, grey gives a softer-than-white contrast from the bold power choices of turquoise and yellow that are trending as popular in home decor and maybe we’re looking for calmer, relaxing hues to surround our family’s hearth.

Whatever the reason, designers are looking at grey as an increasingly popular choice for home finishes. And the product designers are giving us more options when it comes to the shades of grey. At the Kitchen & Bath Industry ShowWellborn showcased their new shades of grey including Willow.

While some designers say ‘grey is the new white,’ it’s not exactly taking over white in market share or popularity. But it’s a hue that might be perfect as a backdrop for your next remodeling project.

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Dream Kitchen Makeover #8 Begins Today

Enter the Dream Kitchen Makeover giveaway for a chance to win your Dream Kitchen! One grand-prize winner will receive a check up to $12,000 for his or her own Dream Kitchen! Entrants may register online at www.wellborn.com.Social Media Image No purchase necessary to enter. Entrants must fill in all required fields. All contest registrations begin on July 1, 2013 at 12:00:01 am and end November 30, 2013 at 11:59:59 pm.

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HGTV KBIS 2013: What’s Hot in Kitchens

Excerpt from: KBIS 2013: What’s Hot In Kitchens

by  May 1, 2013

If you saw Kayla’s bathroom trends post then you know that we recently spent a few days in the Big Easy for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show checking out the hottest new products before they hit shelves. Trendspotting at a trade show is always fun but unlike other shows we attend where design is the only focus, kitchens and baths are spaces where form and function are equally important so technology is key. If you’re in the market for a new kitchen, or just thinking about a few upgrades, here are the freshest trends/technologies to make your kitchen really cook!

Wondering what color to paint your cabinets? I polled a few manufacturers and while white cabinets continue to be tops, gray is the shade they’re betting on to break white’s top spot. This kitchen by Wellborn pairs soft gray cabinets with richly stained wood — combining cabinet colors is another kitchen trend that’s holding strong:

 

Monterey kitchen cabinets in Pebble Java a taupe painted finish with a light gray Pewter glaze

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Remodeling Your Home: Kitchen and Bathroom

This guest post appears courtesy of Gary Bell of Bell Plumbing & Heating, a prominent Denver remodeling company specializing in kitchens and bathrooms with a gorgeous 8,500 sq. ft. showroom showcasing cabinets, vanities, tile, faucets, fixtures, tubs, showers, and more. Visit our YouTube channel for remodeling videos

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For many homeowners, remodeling can be both exciting and daunting. While it’s a wonderful way to customize your home, it also requires planning, temporary disruptions, and decision-making. Moreover, you need to hire a company you can trust, so that the job is completed on time and within your budget.

The bathroom and kitchen are popular spaces for home remodeling because of how much they are used, and what they are used for. A new kitchen will transform your diet, menu, and cooking, while a new bathroom can combine practicality with luxury. They are also the two spaces within the home that require extensive electricity and plumbing, so it often requires the work of a consummate contractor, or organizing several subcontractors to work together.

If you’re thinking of remodeling your bathroom or kitchen, you probably already have some kind of idea in your mind, however vague, of what you want it to look like. Perhaps you are already envisioning a walk-in shower with a deluxe rain showerhead or a large farm-style sink with a soapstone countertop for your kitchen. Jot your ideas down. Ask yourself some further questions: what’s lacking in my current bathroom, or what do I want my new kitchen to do that my current layout doesn’t allow? Make some more notes about your expectations. Get a hold of some interior design or bathroom/kitchen magazines from your local bookstore, and visit a remodeling showroom to pick up some brochures. This is the time for brainstorming your ideas. Is energy-efficiency important to you? What type of fixtures and lighting do you want? You might even try a sketch or two.

Next, take a good hard look at your budget. Know what you can spend on your remodeling project and give yourself a bit of leeway for last-minute additions and changes. Once you’ve got some numbers, head back to your design ideas. With these two in tow, call up your local remodeling professional to talk about an estimate. Make sure to find someone with a good reputation, and make sure you feel comfortable around that person. Because it’s your personal space that will undergo changes, remodeling is not only business, and for that reason, you want to find someone right for the job. Once you’ve arranged for a professional consultation, then you can begin to figure out which of your design ideas are realistic options, which ones may stretch your budget but not break it, and which are even possible given the layout of your home.

After some initial consulting and estimates, you and your trusty contractor are ready to begin the job. Depending on the size of the job, and the extent of your modifications, remodeling can take time. Communication is vital for time frames. Make sure that you have an agreed-upon timeline for your project. While even slight modifications to the plan may change this schedule, knowing how long the various stages of your project will last ensures that everyone is on the same page, and that your new bathroom or kitchen turns out the way you desired.

Thank you “Bell Plumbing & Heating” for the great post – very informative!