An Affordable Shortcut To Designing Your Dream Home

Written by J. Terrence McDermott

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-Style of home (Colonial, Ranch, Mediterranean, Cape Cod, etc.) -Square footage -Number of bedrooms -Number of bathrooms -Garage -Type of foundation

While it is unlikely that a plan will be just what you were looking for (though you never know), you may find one that is generally suitable if some modifications can be made to match your specific requirements. For an additional fee,repparttar company will allow you to present written alterations torepparttar 118020 existing plan. These changes will then be presented to a staff architect who will incorporaterepparttar 118021 modifications as requested.

Common modifications include:

-Changingrepparttar 118022 foundation -Adding or enlarging a garage -Reconfiguring a bathroom or kitchen -Adding to or reducingrepparttar 118023 size of rooms

Typically, you can makerepparttar 118024 changes right onrepparttar 118025 house plan. Written explanations are requested along withrepparttar 118026 design to insure accuracy. The altered plans are then submitted and an estimate is prepared byrepparttar 118027 design firm and returned torepparttar 118028 customer. Once satisfied,repparttar 118029 customer will receive a complete set of blueprints to forward torepparttar 118030 builder.

While you may not be able to claim that you personally designed your own home, you will haverepparttar 118031 satisfaction of knowing thatrepparttar 118032 finished product has your personal touch. And you will be able to afford a few more amenities withrepparttar 118033 money you saved on an expensive architect.

About the author: J. Terrence McDermott is administrator and webmaster for House Plans Central a site featuring recommendations and resources for those seeking information about house plans and home designs. He can be reached at

Thinking about selling your home?

Written by Donald Lee

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Create a soothing selling atmosphere. Imaginerepparttar last time you visited a bed and breakfast. Your home should be as welcoming and accommodating as that. One easy way to accomplish this is by brightening uprepparttar 118019 place. Turn on all your lights for your visitors. Plus, fluff up your bedroom. After all, most people wantrepparttar 118020 bedroom to berepparttar 118021 most comfortable spot inrepparttar 118022 house. Make sure it is—at least when buyers are around.

Clearrepparttar 118023 joint. Along withrepparttar 118024 last rule, there isrepparttar 118025 standard real estate practice of vacatingrepparttar 118026 premises when buyers come for tours. This is done for good reason. Buyers are there to evaluate your home, not meet your sisters, sons, cousins, and cats. So send your family torepparttar 118027 mall for a day of shopping, or torepparttar 118028 park for a picnic.

Cutrepparttar 118029 clutter. All of your stuff can get inrepparttar 118030 way, too. That’s why it’s important to start packing and storing your personal belongings as soon as you know you’re going to move. An empty house is a cleaner looking house is a more attractive house. You don’t want your perspective buyer opening a closet and having a bowling ball fall on their head, do you?

Make a killing on said clutter. One option is to simply move your personal items to your new home and create instant clutter there. That’srepparttar 118031 way ofrepparttar 118032 pack rat. Or, you could sell what you no longer need and turn a quick profit. That’srepparttar 118033 way ofrepparttar 118034 fat cat.

If you choose wisely—the latter option—be sure not to hold your garage sale onrepparttar 118035 same days as your open houses. Neighbors in their undershirts and jeans on your front lawn do make for a great sales ploy. Instead, it makes you look desperate and could hurt you come negotiations. Schedule your yard sale on separate days.

Better yet, sell your goods online. Classified Web sites allow you to negotiate with potential buyers, getrepparttar 118036 best rates for your stuff, and ship it off at your own convenience. And it’s all accomplished on your own time, inside your own home (where you can wear your undershirt and jeans and no one will care).

Take a deep breath. Lastly, never letrepparttar 118037 home-selling experience overwhelm you. Sure, there are a load of responsibilities to take care of. But that is what your real estate agent is there for. They handle all ofrepparttar 118038 grunt work. They do all ofrepparttar 118039 hard talking withrepparttar 118040 buyer. They make allrepparttar 118041 follow-up calls. And they showcase your home for you. Your job is just to smile, be polite, and answerrepparttar 118042 buyer’s questions if they come up.

Donald Lee is the public relations manager for Buysellcommunity provides free classified listing services for individuals and businesses to market their products and services online. For global and localized classifieds, please visit - Free Buy & Sell Classifieds

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