My friend has just completed on her new house, and I haven’t got mine yet. Boo.
I was in her house on the weekend and we were discussing some of the changes that she want to make to it and I was being asked all sorts of questions like, do I think it will look better with carpets or laminate flooring? how much do new windows cost? how could someone have chosen such a hideous bathroom suite?
Of course, not being a homeowner myself yet (yes I am bitter btw) I don’t know the answers to these questions. But I do know that making changes to a house cost a lot of money. And I know that some changes pay off in terms of adding value to the place. What I’m more interested in is a sort of cost benefit analysis of the value to me. Kind of like, how much use will I get out of an addition.
For me, colour and design are quite important, so the amount of time and effort spent on painting a place are probably worth it – even if it is already decorated in perfectly acceptable neutral colours. I like to cook, but I live on my own, so altering a functional kitchen probably isn’t good value to me.
This kind of thinking extends to furniture. I have a sofa bed from Ikea that has no arms (deliberately, I might add) its also kind of uncomfortable. Since having it, I have discovered that the only way to sit on it and be happy, is to lie down. Ideally, it would then have arms for me to lean my head on. I’ve seen the sofa of my dreams in Habitat, but it costs several hundred pounds. How do I determine the cost benefit of this sort of thing? It certainly won’t increase the value of my house, but it could increase my happiness.
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