The Upstate SC

VOL12ISS2 2016

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VOLUME 10—ISSUE 1 63 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 2 BUILDING OR BUYING A HOME buying, they can help you narrow down your choices and set qualifications for what kind of houses to tour. Your home floor designs are crucial for two reasons. One, they will fundamentally affect the flow of your family life, and thus play a role in the comfort and closeness of your family relationships as long as you live there. Two, they are a chief element in determining how attractive subsequent buyers will one day find your house should you decide to sell. Thus, the floor plan is a significant driver of the resale value of your house. Experts say that when it comes to considering value of any home, bathrooms and kitchens fall under extreme scrutiny. These rooms are also likely to be of great importance to your family's daily routine, so you should pay extra attention to them when you're trying to find the right home floor plan. Some good questions to ask yourself regarding bathrooms might be: How many full- or half-bathrooms do I want? If buying, what is the condition of the tile, plumbing and appliances? As far as your family's tendency toward entertaining goes, think about whether you would prefer an open kitchen maybe with a breakfast nook but looking out into the great room of the home or would a small, galley kitchen be a better fit? Is a separate formal dining room necessary for your family's needs or will the space off the kitchen work just as well? Materials, of course, are an important aspect of choosing the right home floor plans as well. Preferences of brick, stone, tile, natural wood, carpet, even the type of insulation used may not just be an aesthetic preference, but could impact your home's energy efficiency. The government has some excellent tips regarding materials (what to use and what to avoid in building) as well as what to look for in your pre-built home at: sites/prod/files/energy_savers.pdf. Things like energy efficient windows, doors and appliances always are a plus and can be a positive selling point if you ever decide to move. Building or buying 'green' with green appliances/Energy Star rated appliances, and more efficient toilets, plumbing fixtures and electrical fixtures may cost a bit more upfront but are not only better for the environment but will come back to you in 'money saved' over the long run. A few more items to be aware of (even though in this day and time one would think we wouldn't have to worry about them): asbestos, lead paint, and mold. Though there are stacks of laws and regulations against selling a house with these hidden dangers, be diligent. A good realtor should know everything about the home they're showing but if you are buying directly from the owner, always keep in mind a little Latin - caveat emptor (Let the buyer beware)! >>

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