15Nov/18

Should You Buy a House with a Basement?

Should You Buy a House with a Basement?There are many decisions to make when you decide to buy a house. You have to decide on a one-story or a two-story house. You have to set a budget and try your hardest not to exceed it, not even for your dream home. Between all that, you also need to look at the basement question.

Not every homeowner needs a basement, and not every homeowner wants one, but they’re a great fit for some families. Here are three questions you’ll want to ask when you tackle the basement conundrum.

Is the basement unfinished or finished?

An unfinished basement is more likely to be used for storage. These are basements that homeowners don’t give much thought to unless they need to go below ground and check on the water heater or dig through an old photo album. There’s typically just concrete walls and the most basic type of flooring imaginable.

A finished basement is an entirely different matter. That means someone put a lot of time and energy into designing a basement space that would be used by people. Some men use them as “man caves” where they can go to watch football on weekends. Some women use them as crafting spots where they can go to get away from the hustle and bustle of life upstairs. Other families use them as playrooms for children.

There’s no rule that says you can’t turn an unfinished or half-finished basement into a fully finished one, but that’s going to cost more time and energy. Adding features like basement waterproofing will make your home safer and add value to it, but not everyone is up for an extended construction project right after they move into a new place.

How common are basements in your city?

There are some parts of the country where asking, “Can I see the basement?” is like asking, “Can I have that tea unsweetened?”

Take Oklahoma, for instance. The Sooner State’s soil quality has traditionally made basements a moot point there. It’s easier to build a basement now than it was 50 years ago, but many Oklahomans don’t know that, and so they don’t even think to ask about the possibility when they meet with contractors to discuss new home construction.

In coastal states, basements are more of a rumor than anything. Home buyers looking for mortgage loans in Louisiana won’t have to worry about taking out extra money to refurbish the basement area, because there isn’t going to be a basement area. Generally speaking, the farther north you go in America, the more likely you are to see houses with basements, though there are exceptions

 How extreme is the weather?

 A basement is a great place to retreat to if you get caught in a Midwestern heat wave. If the weather is 100 degrees and you can’t stand the thought of going outside, you can head underground instead to watch Netflix or play board games. If you need to work out without dying of heat exhaustion, an … READ MORE ..

03Nov/18

4 Reasons to Move Down South

Some people live and die in the same job. Others are anxious to explore the world to try the next best thing. When you’re considering a move, take a look at the South. You might be surprised how many wonderful things are in this region.

4 Reasons to Move Down South

Aside from the fact that people are polite to you everywhere you go, the climate tends to be moderate (other than July and August), and housing is well-priced. You could easily work here without throwing all your money into the cost of living.

If you need a little convincing that the South is for you, here are a few common reasons that people choose to move to the area.

You can go to the beach more often.

The Deep South is a great location, namely because of the ability to head to the beach on a weekend. Going to the beach is difficult when you’re in the Midwest, but the South is the perfect place to enjoy clear blue waters and miles and miles of sand without traveling far. Some Southern locations are more landlocked than others, but most are only a few hours away from the coast.

Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina all touch the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico, and the water is relatively warm and pleasant all year-round. If you’re fortunate enough to live in a coastal town, you know the joys of walking along the beach on any given afternoon or taking a pleasure cruise with your friends.

Florida is one of the most popular places to live in the South, thanks to the surrounding beach opportunities. Even if you live in the center of Florida, you’re only about an hour or two away from the closest beach.

When living in Florida, you’ll soon realize that there are thousands of places to see on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Miami, Clearwater, Destin, Siesta Key, Fort Walton, Pensacola, St. Pete’s, and Sarasota beaches are some of the most sought after travel destinations in the world.

St. George’s Island is also a very popular place to visit if you live in or near Florida. This pristine island is 28 miles worth of untouched natural beauty. You won’t find high rises like in Miami or chain restaurants cluttering the boardwalks. It’s just you, the sand, and water for miles.

St. George’s Island boasts some of the best kayaking, cycling, paddle boarding, and snorkeling in the Gulf Coast. You’ll never be bored on this family vacation destination, and if you live in the area, you can come back anytime you want!

You can go shopping for the latest fashions whenever you want.

Southern fashions have started to take over fashion brands, and you’ll be seeing more and more of these fabrics and patterns as time goes on. Why not live where all these great ideas started?

Unlike Midwestern states, the populations of Southern states tend to be high. This means that you’ll always find plenty of amenities, including nearby shopping. Even … READ MORE ..