I think it is important to stage your house, so potential buyers can see what it can really look like. It also gives the house a real look to it. Most of the messes come from the person themselves and not the house. I would make sure you take the kids out or have them help you clean up.
Hi Andrew. You ask very good questions here and I think they are questions that many people have. First off, I do think granite countertops matter to some buyers, though not all buyers will care. Personally, I prefer granite to other materials. As far as the color is concerned, I think the most important thing is that it goes well with the rest of the kitchen. I personally like colors that reveal dirt so I can know when to clean the counter. Some colors serve to conceal dirt and make it difficult to see things like crumbs. http://www.granbrazil.com... more
If your builder agrees to replace the granite with another slab, I would highly recommend visiting the granite source/distributor in person to view the slabs and choose one you are happy with. As granite is a not a man-made material, no two slabs look the same and it is common for a sample piece to differ greatly from another slab of the same granite. Good luck!... more
I have worked w/ Vicki Anoff, a licensed Interior Designer who lives and works in Bethesda. She has redone my own home and the home of friends AND has helped me w/ design decisions on a spec house I just built and I received two contracts almost immediately. She can work w/ any style and beautifully incorporates your own favorite pieces. She really listens to what YOU want instead of trying to impose her own tastes and she makes sure you are aware of the design principles involved in her suggestions. She has painters, carpenters, drywaller, flooring guys, etc that she uses regularly and she coordinates and schedules everything if you want her to. If you want to do some of that kind of work yourself, you can do that too.
She is very cost conscious and if you are on a budget she looks for bargains for you. She has sent me to Pier One for a lamp, to her framing store where I got a big discount, shown me items from magazines, from the internet etc. . If you are not on a budget, she has entree to the Design Center in D.C. and all the high end stores. She is great w/ colors and brings samples to you so your time doesnt have to be spent hunting for things. Her phone is 301-320-9100; email is firstname.lastname@example.org She has a website but I am not sure what it is called. When I saw her work at a friends house, I just knew she was the one I wanted to work with.... more
Unsure of the Royale model, I am not familiar with that model.
Terrible design.....alot of wasted space. Heating and cooling works well as far as size for this house. The Lennox heat pump is very loud and installed right outside a bedroom window. Loads of startup noise. The thermostat could have been installed in a better location in the house.
The roadways are narrow. Parking is minimal. During the construction, they had to move the location of the electrical breaker panel to a bedroom wall. Why wasn't this notice when the plans were approved?
The downstairs neighbor installed soundproofing because they hear the water running in the pipes in the wall.
I would look past a Lennar built home.