First Home?

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First home? Chances are you aren't totally happy with your first home, but you are off to a good start! Buying a house with “good bones”, or a structure that is sound, gives you a great jumping off point for customizing your home to what your long-term goals are. When home buyers are experiencing the market for the first time, the home they really want may be out of their price range. The good news is that anything is changeable. Walls can be moved – or removed all together. It is possible to make your starter home your forever home! It is important to make sure that your home is inspected by a qualified home inspector before you buy, to help make sure you don’t inherit problems that can zap your remodeling budget, forcing you to spend your money on structural or hidden “must-do” items like framing or plumbing issues, instead of putting your money where you really want to.

Our experience, and a recent HGTV article, tells us that kitchens and bathrooms can be freshened up with small updates, or completely transformed with new cabinets, countertops or flooring. Living rooms and bedrooms can easily be updated with new flooring and paint, or consider vaulting your ceiling for more visual space and a dramatic change. Adding onto your home is also a great way to add space you didn’t get originally, while also increasing the value of your home with additional square footage. Additions can come in the form of finishing unused space in an attic or basement, or adding new outdoor space or new structure to your house. New Windows, siding and doors can also help transform the look of your home. All of these projects help make your new home feel more customized to your life, and also add value in case you decide to sell in the future.

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