After showing the before pictures of our house remodel yesterday I got several messages asking why we ultimately decided on the cottage. I wish I had one straight forward answer but it was really many things that helped us reach a decision.
- The Location was Perfect– The one thing you can never change about a house is where it is! We drove around neighborhoods and compiled a list of areas we’d love to live in and areas that were absolutely out of the question. Our cottage was is our dream area.
- Needs Vs Wants– We had a laundry list of “must haves” for our realtor but after viewing many houses we quickly realized that what we needed was an opportunity to be in our ideal location. Most of the items on our list were not deal breakers.The cottage had all we needed: A spacious front and back yard on a quiet street, great schools for our son Grant who will be school age in a couple of years, and lastly charm and history. On our search it didn’t take long to realize how much we hated “cookie cutter” neighborhoods and homes. As my husband Mike would say, “I don’t want to be able to walk in my neighbor’s house and know where to go.”Lol We knew we could make the cottage our own by preserving the craftsmanship and quirkily elements of the home.
- It was a great investment. We saw a continuous increase in property values which may mean that we are less likely to loose money on it if we decided to sell in the future.
If you are thinking about buying a home, consider your location, investment potential, and true needs and you’ll come out on top.Enjoy!