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Although you may be tempted to spontaneously make an offer on a house that triggers happy memories of your childhood, it's usually best to approach house buying in a methodical, dispassionate way.
Your emotions will come into play as you visit different listings, but they should be tempered by a realistic budget, a list of personal requirements, and a sprinkling of "wish list" items -- ones that will help make your new home extra special!
A lot will depend on whether you're a first-time home buyer or a seasoned home owner. In all likelihood, the more houses you've owned, the higher your expectations will be. That's certainly not a hard-and-fast rule, but it does lend itself to reason. As is the case with most things in life, experience tends to clarify our needs, our tolerances, our quality standards, and our lifestyle preferences.
Buying a home is a huge decision for two reasons: It not only impacts our financial situation (both immediate and long term), but it effects our quality of life for the foreseeable future. So, similar to the institution of marriage, buying a house is a commitment that should not be taken lightly!
Fortunately, there are several effective ways to help ensure that the home you buy will live up to your expectations. One of the most steadfast "anchors" you can have in your search for the ideal home is a seasoned real estate agent. They have the training, knowledge, and communication skills to help you find the house, the right property, and the optimal location that will best suit your needs.
Your agent will work closely with you to create a list of house hunting requirements and preferences. Although the location, school district, and number of bedrooms will probably have a major bearing on your decision, there are literally dozens of other features and characteristics that will influence your final choice. Among those will be square footage, number of bathrooms, and the property's tax rate.
Standard checklists that include a wide range of home buyer requirements are available online and through your real estate agent. These checklists will help you rank each house you visit and objectively compare the homes you like the best. While flexibility is a necessary part of a successful house-hunting campaign, there will invariably be items you won't want to compromise on.
By deciding in advance what your new home should include, you'll create a clear vision of the type of living environment you and your family will find the most satisfying. Whether you're looking for a home with an open floor plan, a screened-in porch, one or more fireplaces, a finished basement, a two-car garage, or ample space between neighbors, getting your requirements down on paper is the first step to turning your house-buying goals into reality!
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Beginning a new habit, job, or task could be daunting. Your debut as a designer could even be frightening. However, like any other task, some tips help starters and experienced decorators alike.
Several tools aid in creating great designs, but often the whole design process is left to the designer to decide, and that could be hard for beginners. However, the tips below will help you when starting.
- Keep it simple. Most beginners think their designs will make sense if they include all they know about designing into a project. However, results have shown that the opposite is the case. As much as possible, ensure that your designs are simple and carry the message for which you created them. That is what makes it a design, not clustered ideas.
- Use colors wisely. Another problem most beginner designers fall into is using too many colors. Colors are a sensitive part of any design, and you should be careful in using them. Of course, you need colors in your plans, but use ones that are complementary with the general design. For instance, in choosing a color scheme, you don't need more than one to three primary colors and an additional one to three secondary colors that complement each other.
- Create an order with alignment. Order is critical in design. So, don't create a project without ensuring it is properly in order through alignment where each item connects to the others. Using alignment makes sure that your design elements aren't scattered but relate well with each other.
- Be creative and original. Creativity and originality are virtues that are must-haves in designing.
- Ask for help. In any endeavor ones take up, some people started earlier of whom you can ask questions. These people have the experience, so when you run into a problem or are not sure about a thing, don't hesitate to ask questions.
- Take a break. Designing takes a lot of mental energy, and you can feel drained after or during designing. When you do, ensure to take a break. Leave the design for a while, and take a break. You can see a movie before going back to it. By the time you are back, you will be fully refreshed to start all over again.
If you need professional help, your realtor may be able to make a referral.