Tom Ruble - EXIT New Options Real Estate



Posted by Tom Ruble on 4/6/2018

Everyone defines the term "quality of life" differently, but if you asked 100 people, you'd probably hear a lot of similar answers.

According to a Gallup study entitled "The State of American Well-Being," the  basis for a good quality of life includes having a sense of purpose, feeling good about what you do every day, having supportive relationships, being motivated to achieve your goals, being able to effectively manage your finances, having the energy and health to pursue your interests, and sharing a sense of community pride. Feeling safe and liking where you live were also key ingredients in the formula for a high quality of life .

The Gallup/Sharecare report focuses on several aspects of community life, such as the role local governments play in offering amenities and resources to citizens. The study concluded that "communities that invest in active living, including bike paths, parks, walkability and public transit, have residents with better health and well-being outcomes."

While factors such as the quality of school districts and low crime rates are often foremost in the minds of house hunters, there's also a lot to be said for communities that offer public recreational facilities, educational programs, cultural events, and services that promote health, safety, and a clean environment.

Advantages that can help make one community more desirable and family friendly than another can range from free outdoor concerts and public tennis courts to the availability of farmers' markets and clean, updated playgrounds. Other features which can positively impact the quality of life in a community include well-maintained roads and bridges, the availability of dog parks, community parades, and programs to encourage the proper disposal of drugs, electronics, household chemicals, and recyclable products.

At the neighborhood level, quality of life is often measured by factors like noise, the condition of nearby properties, the overall safety and security of the area, and the amount of street traffic. Clean air, mature trees, and friendly neighbors can also contribute to a wholesome living environment that can be enjoyed for generations.

While there are many advantages to designing your own home or buying new construction, one might need to make short-term sacrifices when it comes to things like noise, neighborhood aesthetics, and other temporary inconveniences. Your real estate agent or home builder can probably fill you in on things like construction timetables and project completion dates.

If you're in the market for a new home, it's always a good idea to clarify in your own mind what you and your family needs to feel comfortable, happy, and secure. Creating a priority list of needs, desires, and preferences not only helps you stay focused in your real estate search, but also increases the probability that you'll be satisfied with your new home on a long-term basis.





Posted by Tom Ruble on 12/15/2017

When youíre buying a new home, one of the first things that youíll examine closely in the home search are the kitchens. The kitchen is often the center of most homes. It is also one of the most expensive rooms to renovate. People tend to gather in the kitchen. This makes the kitchen a heavily weighted factor in the home buying process. Whether youíre buying your first home or youíre a seasoned home-buyer, the kitchen is an important room to consider because of how much youíll be using it. Think of the following items with follow up questions when youíre searching for a home with a great kitchen. Some items have less impact on your buying decision like the color of appliances. However, you donít want to be stuck with a refrigerator taht you canít stand to look at.

Cabinets

Are they in good condition?

Are they the color and material youíd like?

Can they be restored?

Countertops

Are they made of high quality material?

Flooring

Note the color and material of the floor

Note the condition of teh floor

Stove

How old is the stove?

Does it function well?

Refrigerator

How old the refrigerator?

Does it work well?

What color is it?

Microwave

How old is it?

What color is it?

What is the size and wattage of the microwave?

Dishwasher

What is the color and make of the dishwasher?

Does it function well?

How old is the dishwasher?

Garbage Disposal

Do you want a garbage disposal?

Does the home have one?

How old is the unit?

Does it function well?

All of these things are great areas of concern to consider in a home search when looking at the kitchen. You should note any problems with any of these areas. Finding out how much needs to be fixed or replaced as well as the cost of these repairs could be a deciding factor in your home selection. Keep in mind some things are easier and less expensive to replace and repair than others. Countertops in particular can be really expensive to replace. Other items like cabinets are easy to touch up and refinish. Material quality often matters as well. Remember that some more expensive materials stand the test of time whereas cheaper alternatives may need to be replaced often. Sellers are often required to disclose functionality issues with any appliances in the home before the closing papers are signed as well.

Itís important to conduct your own assessment of the kitchen in addition to home inspections and sellerís reports. This way you have seen the issues that you may have in front of you with your own eyes. Thereís no better assessment of a homeís condition than your own! Hopefully, these tips will help you to find a home with a kitchen that is right for you!







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