When our new homeowner Marie emailed me with a question – I’ve heard and experienced more and more – it got me thinking – sage advice should be shared.
The Caton Team just helped Marie & Aaron get their first house and needless to say, it needed a lot of love and well $$$$. When you’re a first time buyer – $$$$ is all but used up by the time you get the keys. I know, my husband and I have been there.
They had a dilema – the floors were in bad shape, they tried painting over it and well that didn’t work. Anyway – their dream was to have beautiful hardwood floors but the budget was tight. So Marie shot me and email to ask from some advice.
Do they buy carpet??? They don’t really want carpet.
Been there, done that. Totally know how they feel.
In the end, my advise to her was the same advice I learned myself. Stay within your budget. Spend your $$$$ wisely. Buy the carpet for now, enjoy the home and sock away some $$$$ for those gleaming hardwood floors. At least the carpet is new!!!! And you know what’s been on there. (Hahaha) One day you will have them and they will be awesome. If you’re a good little squirrel – as I’ve learned to be – you’ll have them sooner than you think.
Buying a home is a long term investment. We don’t need to do all the updating at once, even though our hearts and elbow grease are in it – and those darn do-it-yourself shows make anything look easy in an edited down hour. Your home is your castle – they didn’t build Rome in a day. So plan, save and measure everything TWICE!
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