In Nashville, new homes come in all shapes and sizes. Somewhere out there is the perfect home that meets all of your needs, so get out there and find it! You can start by visiting the new homes offered at www.OleSouth.com.
One of the first questions I ask our visitors is “what in their new home is most important ?” The answer tells if your prospect has given serious thought and preparation in purchasing a new home. Think about it. We are in the business of satisfying NEEDS first, and WANTS second.
Before you begin your quest for a new home, make two lists….one list of things that you need and another list of things you want. Then, beside each item, write down how that item will make your life more enjoyable, or just how necessary that item will be.
Many put a formal dining room at the top of the list, because their family comes for Thanksgiving every other year. Let’s do the math! The average home with a separate, formal dining room costs at least $10,000 more to purchase than a similar home with a breakfast room. That’s approximately $70/month. You will spend $1,680 in your higher payment just to have Thanksgiving at your house every other year. That doesn’t even include the cost of the dining furniture either. Will a few card tables and chairs in the Great Room suffice? What about going to Cracker Barrel?
Others want a 4th bedroom because family comes to visit a week in the summer. That extra 4th bedroom will cost at least $15,000, or approximately $100/month, not including the furniture. Feel like you really need to pay $1200/year to give Mom and Dad their own room for a week? A motel would be cheaper, and the visit more enjoyable too.
Lets dig on. Will that smooth-surface range really make food taste better? Does an “undermount sink” actually accomplish anything? If you have a double-vanity, will you really use both sinks at the same time? Are you going to pay extra for a room full of hardwood, and then cover it with a rug?
Don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting a lot of extra features in your new home. Ole South offers a great selection of home plans and options to satisfy your wants, while our included features will satisfy most all needs. Knowing the difference between wants and needs will lead to more happiness..not just with your new home, but everything life has to offer.
I once had a couple that had just gotten engaged tell me they HAD to have an upper AND lower Owner’s Suite. I was expecting to hear that they were taking care of an aging parent when I was informed that “we fight a lot and need space from each other.”
So…. Lets get married and buy a home. Might as well go ahead and have a baby too!
Trey Lewis is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Tennessee with Ole South Realty, 615.896.0019 direct 615.593.6340. Specializing in new homes in the Greater Nashville area to include Nashville, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and Spring Hill, Tennessee
Trey, what a timely post. Buying a home is about wants and needs. I love how you break it down to the riduclous! I’m sure your readers will as well.
That’s the one thing I love about your blog. No filter this is Trey Lewis exactly how he is in the field and in person! Nice post.
Thanks for the kind words Peggy! You are an inspiration and I am proud to know the Queen of Blogging! Lets have some fun making things happen in 2011!