The ink would have barely dried on your Deed before you find out there is a plumbing nightmare brewing in the home of your dreams. Buying a new home is fraught with a dozen or more concerns, but they should be paint colors and swatches, not bubbling sewage and rotting main lines. Do not assume your inspector will catch everything. Plumbing is a great deceiver when someone is not an expert in the minutia.
The right tools in the right hands. That’s the way to get most jobs done properly. You wouldn’t pick up a scalpel and walk into an operating theatre without the proper education and training, and you shouldn’t just pick up a toolbox and go into a plumbing job unprepared, either. Tools are only going to get you so far, after all. Without the extensive background knowledge that true professionals possess, those tools are only going to get you into further trouble.
1. Don’t Overspend
Before you start planning, consider the market and decide whether a low-, medium-, or high-end kitchen remodel makes the most sense. Costs can run the gamut from $2,000 for a simple paint-and-hardware upgrade to $50,000 if you’re installing expensive countertops and luxury appliances. Knowing your neighborhood will help keep from overspending – you may not get your investment back installing travertine in your tiny starter – or worse, underspending. Let’s face it, you’ll never see Formica in a high-end home, and in fact, it may become a barrier to your sale.
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- Because of a small decline earlier this year, the median rent nationwide is now down 0.2 percent from September 2017 – about $3 a month.
- Rents last turned down in July 2012, then climbed steadily to peak growth of 6.6 percent in July 2015.
- After reaching recovery-era peak growth of 8 percent year-over-year growth in March, April and June of this year, home value growth now has slowed for three months in a row. Home values rose 7.6 percent year-over-year in September, to a U.S. median of $220,100.
- September existing home sales fell 4.1 percent from a year ago and 3.4 percent from August, to 5.15 million sales (seasonally adjusted), according to the National Association of Realtors.
- The median (seasonally adjusted) price of existing homes sold in September was $258,600, up 4.6 percent from a year earlier — marking the 79th straight month of year-over-year gains.
- Inventory stood at 1.79 million existing homes for sale, down 0.9 percent from August and up 1.1 percent from a year ago.
Situated on a narrow lot in Venice, California, the Venice House offers a calm respite from the busy sights of the neighborhood with an open garden and swimming pool on the western side of the property. The house, designed by FINNE Architects, is clad in a various of textured metal and wooden surfaces creating a visual collage, while the roof reveals a series of folded planes.
| Sep 13, 2018
Buying a house takes time, patience, and careful planning. But because this process has so many moving parts, sometimes buyers miss crucial steps—and it can cost them big-time.
To help clue you in to these oft-overlooked tasks, we asked real estate experts to reveal some of the more surprising home-buying moves you may not realize you have to do. Keep these actions on your radar so you don’t miss out on your dream home for a dumb reason that could have been nipped in the bud, had you only known it was part of the deal.
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