Thirty-seven million Americans move during any given year. Millions more think about it. They all want the same thing a perfect place to live. But most of us have only the vaguest idea of what makes us happy, home-wise, and don t even know all the questions to ask. That s where Marianne Cusato comes in. One of the most influential people in the home-building industry, designer of the Katrina Cottages, and go-to authority for the media on issues related to housing, she s written a comprehensive, interactive guide to finding the just right home. This is the book that answers the plea she hears every time she gives a speech I wish I d talked to you "e;before"e; buying my house
By leading the reader through every step of choosing a home from the broad strokes, such as city vs. suburb and buy vs. rent, to specific details of energy use and building materials "e;The Just Right Home"e; helps readers understand not only what they want in a home but what they need. It shows why proximity to work, to stores, to schools trumps location, and what the difference means. Why a property s live-in value is greater than its resale value. How to identify and assess the big three variables: function, cost, delight. How to get a realistic grip on budget, including factoring in maintenance costs. How to plan for future needs children moving out, a parent moving in, or just growing old in a home. Why all square feet are not created equal. The ins and outs of zonings, covenants, home-owner associations. The five elements to look for when walking through a property. How much to pay an inspector. And so much more.
Filled with sidebars, boxes, examples, anecdotes, and cheat sheets, it s the book that helps readers answer all their questions about where to live and what to live in."e;