First Time Home Buying – the Wishlist

When a business puts together a budget for the next fiscal year, one of the first steps in the budget process is to put together a wishlist. The wishlist encompasses items that the business would like to purchase, or funding for new programs and initiatives. The same is true when buying a house. A wishlist can be created of all the desired features and amenities. Not all wishlist items in a budget for a business will be funded, nor will ever item on a first time home buyers wish list be fulfilled.

Endless hours can be spent debating the merits of each wishlist item amongst the prospective home buyers, but sometimes the process of house hunting is the easiest way to narrow the list. Budget and location often dictate the type of amenity or feature that is present within a house. If there are still many items on the wishlist not being fulfilled, a needs and wants assessment can be performed. A desire for a breakfast nook to sip coffee in the morning, when the person doesn’t drink coffee on a regular basis, could be easily crossed off of the wishlist.

Below are excellent videos for more information on effective wishlist creation.

First Time Home Buying Tips

More First Time Home Buying Tips

Do’s and Dont’s When Buying a Home

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DIY Tiling

It is very hard to keep kitchen walls clean. Splashes and food particles are constantly splattering on the wall. An easy solution to this messy problem is to install a backsplash. Below are videos on how to install tile backsplashes, floors, and shower walls.

Tiling a Shower

Cutting and Installing Tile

Installing a Tile Floor

How to Grout a Tile Floor

Tiling a Kitchen Backsplash

Installing a Glass Tile Backsplash

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All About Basements

All About Basements

One of the best places to expand existing living space is to convert an unfinished basement. There are environments where basements are not structurally good ideas such as flood plains or areas with high water tables. After doing some research, it appears basements until the last sixty years or so, were not the best places to expand a living space.

Basements, also known as cellars, crawl spaces, or root cellars, were initially used as places to store food, wine, coal and other foods that were consumed during non-harvest seasons. These storage spaces did not take into account air ventilation, or dampness that could result in mold growth.

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s existing basements were dug out or expanded to accommodate electricity, furnaces and boilers. Basements were especially useful in dense urban environments, where the best way to expand a house was to add a basement.

In some instances basements were used as a sign of wealth. In larger homes of the wealthy, basements were used as as living quarters, and the layout of the upper floors would mirror the basement with similar bedroom and bathroom layout.

In the 1950’s, houses began to be built with basements. Cement floors, waterproofing, became standard, so that the space could be finished to resemble any type of indoor space.

If looking to buy or sell a home, with or without a finished basement, contact me.

How to Clean up Household Floods

One of the worst experiences of home ownership is to have a flood caused by a burst pipe, malfunctioning hot water heater, washer or dishwasher. The path to follow for effective clean up is usually unclear. Watch the videos below for effective ways to clean up from water damage.

Ways to Protect Home Against Flooding

Cleaning up after Household Flood

Cleaning up Wet Carpets

Drying Wet Walls

Removing Mold

Controlling Mold and Mildew

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