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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

To Buy or Not to Buy?


Ah! The Choice Between

Love and Affordable . . .

the Perfect Home!


Hey, Daymond here! When you’re on the search for a new home, and you’re working with a limited budget, you’ll have to make some decisions that will influence either the price or the comfort level you’ve dreamed for your home.


You might think it’s not a big deal, but these decisions will also influence your well-being, and most definitely will increase the budget you initially estimated. Let’s face it . . . dreams cost!

What will help you prioritize desires is to have one fixed variable in your calculation. Nothing should divert you from that.

So, let’s assume your fixed variable is the price. However, in the end, truth be told, the price will not be all that fixed, since you’ll find yourself in the predicament to accept a bigger price. So, that means you should just make sure the other variables reach a minimum accepted level for your home.


Yet, for the sake of the argument, you’ll have a fixed price. This fixed price will help choose between:


  • the location of your new home
  • a partially to fully furnished in the outskirts or something not so new close to the city center
  • upgrades


At the same time, it will make it harder for you to choose the perfect home, based on the same considerations.

The question now is “how do you prioritize?” You need to figure out what to let go of and what to hold on to. Then, the answer will be influenced by the home’s potential and how much you need now compared to what you can postpone.


WE CAN HELP YOU WITH THOSE DECISION!

AgentsDFW by way of Daymond E. Lavine,

Broker-Realtor®

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Flooring Ideas! I Know You Want ‘Em!

How to Pick the Right Floors 

for Your Home!




Hey! Daymond here! When you decide to renovate a home, or build a new one, you need to choose great floor types for all rooms. The floors will have a large impact on the overall look of your home’s interior. Practical, aesthetic, and financial arguments will need to be taken into consideration. Thus, I listed some advantages and disadvantages of the most common floor types: 





Tile floors


You can lay a tile floor in practically every part of the house. But this floor type is most useful in the rooms you will use most intensively and need to clean most often. A tile floor is sustainable and ideal when you have children or pets in the house. The colors and shapes are diverse and may range from mosaic to gigantic marble tiles. The main disadvantage of tile floors is their cold feeling, unless you install underfloor heating, of course.

Also, keep in mind you do not change a tile floor overnight, once it’s installed, it’s there for many years. 






Wooden floors


A wooden floor is equally as sustainable as a tile floor. It has a long lifetime, and it is relatively easy to maintain, provided it is finished with oil, wax, or polish. Otherwise, you risk getting permanent stains on it. We would not recommend wooden floors when you have pets at home because they might permanently scratch it with their nails. Also, these floors cannot be complemented with underfloor heating. If your wooden floors get any direct sun for extended periods of time, they may become discolored.

Keep these disadvantages in mind when you take a wooden floor into consideration. Real wood floors are certainly not the cheapest floor type! 


Laminate floors


If you want a more affordable floor solution, you might prefer laminate. Its smooth surface is easier to maintain. Being a hard material, laminate is a long-lasting and solid floor type. On the other hand, its stiffness can create hollows underneath if you lay it on an uneven surface.


Cork floors


Cork is a natural product. It is made of the bark of the cork tree, and you can buy it in tile or laminate forms. It is a sustainable material, but it needs a new polish layer every three years. Cork floors have a great insulating capacity and they muffle sounds, but they are less suitable to combine with underfloor heating. They are also costly. 


Linoleum or vinyl floors


A linoleum floor is durable, it muffles sounds, and it’s cheap! However, you must make sure that you glue it well to the ground, to not have bubbles. Linoleum is a natural product, just like cork.

Vinyl, on the other hand, is synthetic, but it looks very much like linoleum. It is also cheap, silent, and solid. The thicker the vinyl, the more solid. In a room you will use intensively, you might want to choose a thick layer because damages in vinyl floors cannot be repaired. 





Carpet


Carpet floors are ideal if you like it soft! You can cover the whole floor with carpet, or you can choose to lay loose carpets on top of other floor types. If you choose to cover the whole room with carpet, you don’t have to glue it. Also, carpet muffles sound well, but it is extremely difficult to maintain. Also, keep in mind if you are allergic, you might not use it because it traps dirt and allergens.

What floor types do you prefer? Need help choosing the best floor types for your brand new home or investment propert? Give AgentsDFW a call!


Let's get some floors laid!

AgentsDFW by way of Daymond E. Lavine,

Broker-Realtor®

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