Joe Duggan, BROKER/OWNER's Blog
You may be wondering what can be done with the room below the main floor of your home. This room is also better known as a basement. Most basements have things like the fuse box, your water heater, and a furnace in them.
There is a possibility in many homes to transform the basement floor into another room. This can add immense value to your home, by providing additional space. By using this as a room, you can change the set up of your home and provide more living space without needing to move.
Size Of The Room
The size of the basement area can vary widely. The ceiling heights can vary and there may be little to no natural light in the room, which can be a hindrance when it comes to certain things that you may want to do with that area. This means that the basement may not be suitable for all everyday living purposes, but it still can be used for some things, depending upon the space.
Many people take the basement level of their home and turn it into an in-law apartment. This is where a relative can live independently. Many of these include a separate entrance, kitchen, and bathroom. Building this type of room may be costly. Keep in mind that it will add immense value to your home when you do decide to sell the home in the future. It will provide a comfortable living situation for everyone in the home. Even a small studio can add value a whole lot of value to your property.
Family Room And More
Many basements have become prime examples of a family room. These rooms can house game tables, televisions, sofas, and more. From a dedicated game room to a manly man cave, everyone in the family can make use of a newly renovated space. You’ll just need to decide what to do before you start.
Disguise The Look
The first thing that you’ll need to do is completely disguise the look of your basement. This can require you to put up drywall and add some paint to the area. If the basement floor begins as simple concrete, you’re probably going to need to lay down carpet and put in some flooring, depending upon how in-depth your renovation will be.
Appliance And Storage Area
If you can’t make your basement into any type of living space per say, you may want to transform it into a laundry room, or house other appliances down there. Aside from your washer and dryer, you may need a freezer or an additional fridge for food storage. The basement is the perfect place for these items. You can use another part of the basement to keep off-season items like Christmas decorations and outdoor furniture.
No matter what you do with your basement, remember that it’s a bonus room in many cases as far as your square footage is concerned. Get creative and make the basement your own!
Let's face it – no one wants to deal with a long, arduous homebuying process. Fortunately, we're here to help you simplify the process of acquiring your dream residence.
Now, let's take a look at three tips to ensure you can enjoy a hassle-free home shopping experience.
1. Consider What You Want from Your Dream House
What separates an ordinary house from a dream residence? The answer to this question varies depending on the homebuyer, and how you answer the question may dictate your homebuying success.
If you enter the housing market with a list of home must-haves, you'll be better equipped than other property buyers to streamline the homebuying process. Thus, you should think about your home must-haves and wants closely.
Differentiate home must-haves from wants – you'll be glad you did. For example, if you have kids, you may need to find a house that's located near top schools. On the other hand, you may want to own a home with a swimming pool. But if you find a top-notch house that offers plenty of great features but lacks a swimming pool, you might not shy away from submitting an offer on this residence.
2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage
If you enter the real estate market with a mortgage in hand, you should have no trouble finding a house that won't force you to break your budget.
To get pre-approved for a mortgage, you'll want to meet with local banks and credit unions. These lenders can outline the mortgage approval process and provide you with a variety of mortgage options.
Furthermore, if you have mortgage questions, banks and credit unions are available to provide expert responses. These lenders employ friendly, knowledgeable mortgage professionals who can help you make an informed mortgage decision.
3. Work with a Real Estate Agent
When it comes to buying a house, it pays to receive comprehensive assistance. Thankfully, real estate agents are available in cities and towns nationwide, and these housing market professionals can help you acquire your dream house in no time at all.
A real estate agent understands the challenges commonly associated with buying a home. However, this housing market professional also knows exactly what it takes to overcome myriad homebuying challenges.
For instance, a real estate agent will negotiate with a seller's agent throughout the homebuying cycle. By doing so, a real estate agent can help a buyer get the best price on a residence without the hassle of a stressful negotiation.
Let's not forget about the extensive homebuying expertise that a real estate agent possesses, either. A real estate agent understands all stages of the homebuying process and is happy to share his or her insights with a property buyer. Therefore, if you ever have homebuying questions, a real estate agent is ready to respond to them.
There is no need to deal with an anxiety-ridden homebuying process. Take advantage of the aforementioned homebuying tips, and you can keep things simple as you go from homebuyer to homeowner.
When buying a new house, you’re not just buying a roof to keep over your head. You’re buying a home to build your life in. To create a refuge from the outside world, to create memories within, and to grow your family in.
A home is a reflection of who you are, the things you fill your life with and your values. And this is true for the neighborhood your home resides in as well. Whether you are a young family or planning to start one in the near future choosing the perfect neighborhood for your lifestyle will bring you years of good memories to come.
The perfect place to start when choosing a neighborhood is by asking your agent! So many factors go into selecting a home and we know the importance of the various factors you need to consider for settling a young family. We can choose houses for showing that fit your unique family needs as it grows.
When scouting out local neighborhoods visit their community center and library. Both will be able to provide you with a list of local groups and activities that are available. You’ll most likely be able to find a local paper or newsletter here as well to get a feel the neighborhood’s culture and community involvement.
Most couples start by researching the schools in the neighborhoods on their list. Things to consider are budget and the available extracurricular activities that are available. It’s easy to focus on preschools and kindergartens when searching but remember to look at the middle and high schools as well.
Search for meetups for parent groups that meet regularly to have play dates. This is also a great way to find and meet locals to ask them questions about their experiences with the community. Reach out to the group organizer with a friendly message and they will be more than likely happy to answer and all of your questions.
Take a drive around the area to get a lay of the land. Are there nearby playgrounds and parks you could walk or take a short drive to? Visiting at different times of the day can give you an idea of the neighborhoods general routine. Are there lots of young children getting on the bus in the morning or teenagers riding their bikes around in the afternoons?
You’ll also want to carefully consider costs of homes in that neighborhood and if they fit your budget. If you’re planning a family you’ll want to have an idea of future costs while creating this budget so you don’t find yourself strapped between your mortgage and childcare.
Planning your family’s future is an exciting time and choosing the neighborhood you’ll raise your children in is pivotal. As your family grows over the years their needs will change too. The perfect neighborhood is the one that will have a positive environment for your child whether they’re 18 months or 17 years old.
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