Upgrading Your New Home

Some of us are fortunate to snap up our dream home, ready-made, with nothing on the to-do list down the road. But for the rest of us, there may be one or two little tweaks we already have in mind. Maybe the kitchen is perfect except that funny backsplash, or the bathroom is everything you want except for that weird countertop. Having a few things on that “Upgrade Someday” list is pretty normal.

But beware! Once daily life sets in, you may find that your “Upgrade Someday” list becomes an “I Guess It’s Okay” list, and then a “Never Mind” list. Who has time to re-pack parts of their home and live in disarray for a weekend, or a week, while these details are carried out? I mean, if you’ve lived with it for this long already….

Upgrade Now!

If it’s important enough to end up on the “Upgrade Someday” list, it might be important enough to make sure it gets done sooner rather than later. Take “Someday” out of your vocabulary and “Upgrade Now!” Consider pricing the materials to complete your upgrades before you move, or check with a contractor for the slightly-larger jobs. If it’s within your budget, getting these upgrades done before you’ve finished unpacking can put the finishing touches on the perfect home.

photo-015Think your new home could use a little extra shine, but you can’t quite put your finger on what would help?

Consider adding ceiling fans or new lighting fixtures, to really update and overhaul the look of a room for very little money. If the kitchen needs a little something, but you don’t want to invest in anything major, a new backsplash or cabinet handles may be just the thing. In the bathroom, new fixtures or a splurge on a new style of sink could pay off in the future.

Whatever the upgrade, it’s worth taking it on now and getting it finished before you truly unwind into your home – and find yourself just “living with” something that could instead be perfect.

About the Author

Katy Korby is the CFO of the Korby Home Team. Her passion is ensuring that our clients have an out-of-this-world experience selling their homes with the Korby Home Team. Katy comes to us with a diverse background and a unique skill set that enhances the client experience. Her attention to detail and care for people make her a wonderful asset to the team. Graduating with a degree in Theater, Katy has performed in numerous plays and most recently starred in a locally produced indie film that is being entered info film festivals around the nation. Katy’s experience in the work world include many positions within the accounting world including tax preparation, bookkeeping, and full-charge accounting. Most recently before joining the Korby Home Team, Katy was the Market Center Administrator for Keller Williams Integrity Realty in Roseville, where she was the full-charge accountant and handled budgeting and forecasting for the company as well as day to day operations and administration of an 80 person real estate office. Katy and her husband have two children, Libby and Calvin, and have lived in Como Park for almost two decades. In 2013, Katy completed the Tough Mudder 10 mile event and is a proud member of the “Finishers” group! For fun, Katy loves reading, photography and gardening and spending time with her family.