Making Big Changes
Live in your home for 12 to 18 months before undertaking any major renovations such as additions or knocking down walls. What you initially think you want may change after you’ve lived there for a while. – Fran Carpentier. Get the real scoop on which home improvements are really worth the investment, you might pause before adding a pool.
Starting and Stopping Projects
Don’t learn to live with incomplete projects. If you do, the last couple of pieces of trim can linger for years! — Jack Bauer
Trusting Too Much
Insist on full written disclosure from the seller about remodeling, repairs, old damage, leaks, mold, etc. Check with the city or county, and get—in writing—the property’s permit history, zoning, prior uses, homeowners’ association restrictions and anything else you can find out. Forget ‘location, location, location.’ I say, ‘Verify, verify, verify!’ —Paul Bianchina. Find out what your taxes pay when you cut a check for your property taxes so you don’t get ripped off.