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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Would You Choose The Move in Ready Option?

There are no shortage of lovely houses for sale in the Fort Worth area.

1528 Lakeview Dr, Keller, TX 76248

This beauty is pretty much move in ready.

1528 Lakeview Dr, Keller, TX 76248

It’s all recently been redone. But therein lies the issue. Although the kitchen is gorgeous I personally would have selected white subway tile for the walls and I probably couldn’t bring myself to rip out perfectly good tile. So should I just settle?

1528 Lakeview Dr, Keller, TX 76248

I would have selected just one color of wood laminate flooring all through the house. Would you just settle for oak and walnut?

1528 Lakeview Dr, Keller, TX 76248

Should my fur boys settle for no grass in exchange for low maintenance?

1528 Lakeview Dr, Keller, TX 76248

Yes, it is a gorgeous house but I’d like a home I can transform to my hearts desire, not someone else's vision.

1528 Lakeview Dr, Keller, TX 76248

What would you do?

Laura

21 comments :

Cranberry Morning said...

I'd hold out for a place with a lovely backyard with grass and gardens.

chateau chic said...

Sounds like you have a lot of options in that area. It's always nice to be able to have a home reflect your own style and personality.
Mary Alice

Linda Merrill said...

I think the lack of back yard green space is an issue. But I wouldn't have a problem ripping out and replacing things like tile or flooring to make it your own. Even if they are new, is that really much different than replacing them if they are 25 years old but still in good condition? Wonder why they used different color floors? Ugh. But, if the house simply doesn't speak to you, then it's not the right one.

Stacey said...

I'm a Texan so I'll share my thoughts. :) The newer the house is the lower your electric bills will be and that matters. We use lots of AC!! You want your house to be as energy efficient as possible. If you decide to buy an older home, ask about the past bills and compare. You definitely want grass...that concrete would be 1,000 degrees!

Stacey said...

Laura, I came back to say I hope that didn't sound negative. You'll love it here! Also you are from Arizona, right? So you'll be used to the heat. :) Depending on where you hubby will be working you can look at the towns around Ft. Worth. Everything is basically connected here so you could look at Keller and some of the other towns bordering Ft. Worth. There is a lot of traffic though so you'll want to consider that.

There are several other bloggers in the area. I live about 45 minutes to an hour from Ft. Worth. We will have to get together. There's so much to do here. Lots of places to shop, eat, etc.

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Ditto what Stacey said about the concrete! The guys who built our pool thought we had lost our minds because we didn't want pool decking, and the grass grows right up to the pool edge. I can tell you for certain that our back yard always feels 10 degrees cooler because there's nothing to retain the heat! (The heat index was 106 last Sunday, btw!) That's a beautiful home though, and if the price was right I would rip that kitchen tile out in a heartbeat, refinish or replace those oak floors, and have that concrete removed. Red Oak trees grow really quickly here and you could have a shady, pretty back lawn in just a few years!! The trees in front are amazing!

GSGreatEscaper said...

Laura, have you considered resale values? It seems as if Mr Decor's industry is subject to sudden shifts in demand. Have you factored in what could happen if you found a house that would take some years to redo, then had to sell/move again in 2 years? Would you want to go through what happened with the condo only on a larger scale?

It seems to me that if you start with a move-in ready home, with your skills, you can make it a showplace. Remember that today's hot white subway tile is going to be dated 5 years from now...I can imagine that deck with a pergola and containers and raised beds, etc. You could have miniature lemon and orange trees and make it all Provencal themed...bring in the greenery but make it xeriscaped (?) to save H2o...Just my .02

lnb said...

Well, at this stage in my life I would have to go with move in ready knowing there are touches I could add to make it my own. If I was a lot younger...that's another story. It's great to have great options!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I know you will find just the one that you can make "you". Can't wait to see what it is.

Joni Webb said...

do u have any other options? that would be fun to look at those too! this looks clean and nice. the diff wood floors would bother me I think? But it's a good choice, for sure!!! Looks like it's in Houston.

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

I'd have to buy something that needed some TLC or be ok with ripping out perfectly good stuff - I just don't think I could live with things I didn't love for long. Unless I absolutely HAD to of course and even then I think it would turn into a daily struggle to be content.

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

The only thing that is a deal breaker for me is the lack of grass or ground cover. I need green. And all that cement would be hotter than hot. It's a nice house. If the price is right and the room layouts meet my needs I can move on from there. I've lived in my perfect Good Housekeeping magazine's Merry Christmas house that was built just for us and I've lived in houses that were not my own. I've made all the others work for me. Sure I would notice the different woods...but most of my guests wouldn't. My hospitality is most important to them. All that being said...the house isn't my style....but I would be over-joyed to call it my own and put my own stamp upon it and thank God every day for the blessing. Given all the above...I would probably get the cement hammered out and replaced with green. What would you do, my friend?

Lorrie said...

We always prefer the not-quite-up-to-snuff version and make it our own. Usually it's cheaper than the move-in-ready ones.

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

I would wait for the one with the ready made back yard for the pups and the "make it your own" inside for the humans! We love to make it our own don't we?? Hope your summer is treating you good!

Many blessings, Edie Marie

Teresa Hardymon said...

I think you would be happier in one you could make your own. And with at least a small yard. The house you showed us last week had possibilities. The right house for you will pop up at just the right time.

Angela said...

I say choose a home that you can make your own. I'm OCD and the different colored hardwood would drive me bonkers. I just feel like everytime you cook in your kitchen, you'll be thinking, "Wow, I really wish I had subway tile." Don't settle, the right house will come available.

nonie everythingsewing said...

I would hold out for what I love, what said to me "This is your new home" even if it needed a lot of work, because home is where the heart is and if your heart is not in it, then it belongs to someone else.

Terri Steffes said...

Hold out!! You will be much happier in the long run. Have you considered Plano? Great schools and I happen to have an aunt with a home for sale there! ;)

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I would wait and try to find something I loved and not settle. The mix of floors is kinda weird. And no grass? I couldn't deal with that.

Deanna said...

Don't know what to tell you…..pray. Maybe you'd like to rent for a year to see if you like the area.

Gypsy Heart said...

It's a beautiful home...the kitchen is a dream! Love the front yard and the sun room too. Not sure about those floors ~ don't you wonder the thought process behind them? I would have to have some grass and trees. Like someone mentioned, that slab of concrete would be hotter than hades! You couldn't walk out there comfortably, much less sit and enjoy. Of course, that's my opinion! :)

There are so many providers for electric service so be sure and call around while you're here for rates, etc. You're used to heat I know. :)

The home you choose will be stunning when you get through with it! I think you'll "know" the perfect house when you see it. Just ask God to direct you.

xo
Pat