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Posted by Bilazarian Group on 5/23/2019

Although buying your first house can be a little bit frightening, it should not be if you have a clear plan to get the funds you need. Aside from the mortgage process that may be confusing, every other thing is irrelevant because all you want is to ensure that the house is your choice and that it readily fits your needs.

Many of the things that homeowners keep worrying about are not worth the stress. Here are five things that you should not worry about when you buy your first house: 

1. Poorly fitting furniture

You can replace furniture that doesn't fit into your new home or give it away to some charity. You can also resell furniture items still in good condition. However, if you continue to like it, you can decide to keep it and put it in storage. After all, this is just your first house. If it doesn't fit in here, it will work in the next one you buy.

2. Wall paints

You have every right to pick the color of your new home. First-time homeowners, however, are found guilty of expecting things to look a certain way and get disappointed when they are not. If you don't like the paint, you can always change it to your taste. If you love the color, but it looks worn out, you can still have it repainted when you can afford the cost.

3. Decorations are worn out

There's no doubting the fact that some homes may look outdated and worn-out already, but you need to understand that upon acquiring your new home, there will be plenty of time to bring it up to your standard. Sometimes, kitchen and bathroom remodeling are the only areas thatíll cost you some cash. Other times, thereís a lot more to do to bring it up to your style. Check and confirm before buying to know where you will be spending money.

4. Outdated kitchen

The kitchen may not be entirely what you want. What's more important is how you evaluate the house in terms of infrastructure. Take a look at the roof, plumbing, and the electrical systems; make sure they all are in place. If everything looks and works perfectly, then you can prepare for a kitchen remodeling when you can afford it.

5. No children, no problem!

If you do not have children, then you should not worry too much about space, the quality of schools in the area, and the nursery facilities. While you may be tempted to worry about where your future children will go to school and where you can drop them off when you are going to work, the reality is that when children come, you will likely be in another phase of your life, getting ready to move to a larger home perfect for children.

Have a clear set of goals and objectives when buying a home for the first time and discuss them with an experienced, local realtor to help you make the right decisions.




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Posted by Bilazarian Group on 5/2/2019

Thinking of buying a new home, building your dream home or remodeling the home you have? Before you reach out to your nearest real estate agent, find a building contractor or raid your local do-it-yourself home improvement store, gather and refine all your ideas in one place by creating an idea book.

As the name says, an idea book is a collection of all the ideas you have for your new home or remodel. It should include notes about what rooms you need, but also include things like the style. Do some research online or in magazines to determine what features you like and with what kind of home style they go. Include pictures of these features in case they are called something different so that you and your professional help, be it real estate agent or builder, knows what you are looking for in a home. Think about colors, size, layout and everything else you can think of to create the perfect home. 

Analog Idea Books

For many, this old-school method is the way to go. Get a notebook or a stack of paper and start writing things down. Then browse home design catalogs, real estate brochures and anything else you can get your hands on, cut out pictures and descriptions that appeal to you and glue, tape, staple or tuck the photos between the pages, so they don't get lost. If you'd rather see all your ideas at once, try tacking them to a corkboard or use magnets to stick your pictures and notes to your refrigerator. If you want to get extra extravagant with your idea book, get yourself a scrapbook with slip sheets and decorative pages.

Digital Idea Books

Websites like Houzz, Pinterest, and Photo Stream offer a way to keep your digital ideas all in one place. The photo collage layout of an online idea book lets you see your thoughts in one place like a corkboard, but organize them using folders and tags more like in a physical book. A lot of contractors and real estate agents prefer these online idea books since they are easy to share and help them understand what exactly you want.

Where to Start?

At first, you might think that it is just too much. There are so many styles, windows, furniture, and colors you simply don't know where to begin. That's just fine. Start with everything you like. Its easier to pare down your ideas once you've got examples of everything in front of you. You can help this process by grouping the ideas by room type: exterior in one place, backyard and landscaping in a second, kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, living room all in their individual folders or collages. Its also a good idea to cross reference your likes and dislikes by color, feel and even which member of your family came up with the idea.

As you progress, youíll start to notice you gravitate toward certain types and styles including specific windows, rooflines, and color schemes. When the same kind of drawer handles shows up in seven of your ten favorite bathroom cabinet styles, itís a sign that you like that style a lot. You can go as specific as you want with your idea book, or you can leave your options wide open, but get some basic parameters around what you do and donít like.

Once your book is ready, find your real estate agent or builder and show them what you want!




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