Perfection means different things to different people. And while there aren’t many perfect homes on the market — there are ones that are perfect for you.
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The clearer you are about what you really want in your Savannah luxury home, the better chance you have to find exactly what you’re looking for.
The More You Spend the More Perfect Your Home Will Be
Obviously, your target price range plays a big part in finding exactly what you want. But in every price range there are similar houses that have varying strong and weak points.
If you have a clear idea of what is most important to you, your decision will be a lot easier. And you can stay focused when you find a property you “love” but that has some compromises that will cause you headaches later.
It’s kind of like dating before you get married. Some qualities are really important over the long haul, but others not so much.
Start With a “No Compromise” List
This is your guiding document. It includes your must-haves, the things you are not willing to compromise on.
You may have some that are specific to you — a place on the waterfront with a deep water dock, a beach home on Tybee Island, or a turn-of-the century home in Savannah’s Historic District.
Only you know what you love the most, but there are also characteristics you don’t want to overlook no matter what kind of property you buy.
- Structural and System Issues
- Rooms and Space
- Health and Safety Issues
Location. Location. Location.
The old real estate age is true. Location is everything. In fact, come people actually buy a location, do a teardown, and then build the house of their dreams.
Even if you don’t do that, location is still more important and valuable than even the house itself. In the end, the land will likely increase in value more than the physical structure on it.
Location encompasses more than just the address. It includes the neighborhood, the view and the size of the lot.
It also covers the home’s proximity to the ocean, a river, or a golf course, schools and retail or dining establishments. All of these perks add to the value (and cost) of a property, but they also make it a more enjoyable place to live.
You can always fix or remodel your home, but you can’t move it to another location. So figure out your ideal location and put it at the top of your ‘No Compromise” list.
Check for Structural and Systems Issues
Structural and systems issues can cost you a lot of time and money. These include things like the slab or foundation of your home, the roof, as well as the major systems in the household, such as heating and air, water, wiring, plumbing and septic (if applicable).
Also, inspect decks, porches, docks, driveways, steps, sill condition (dry rot or termites), kitchen, bathrooms and counter tops.
Some of the cosmetic defects can be fixed as a condition of your contract, but major structural or systems issues may be a deal breaker, especially if you are dealing with the foundation of the home.
A certified inspector and structural engineer can do a thorough inspection if you have concerns in any of these areas.
Choose the Right Number and Kinds of Rooms
Even a house you find really attractive can become a huge headache if you don’t have enough space or rooms. Also, consider the kinds of rooms you enjoy the most — a gourmet kitchen? a cozy family room? a home office, gym or theatre?
If you have to choose, choose the rooms that will bring you and your family the most enjoyment.
Health and Safety Issues
Also, be aware of health and safety issues that could cause potential problems. Rewiring homes or removing toxic mold can cause major problems later, costing you more than they’re worth. On the other hand, making minor changes like updating outlets may be an easy fix.
Let Me Help You Find Your Perfect Home
Now that you’re armed with your “no compromise” list let me help you locate the home of your dreams. I can overview the strengths and weakness of all the best locations in the Savannah area.
I am also well versed on the essentials of a good, sold, structurally sound home, as I invested in and rehabbed homes in the Savannah area for many years before becoming a licensed real estate agent.
Call me today at 912-844-9000 or email me [email protected].