How to know your custom home? (Continuation 1)


The size of the property is one of the most important requirements for nearly all of our custom homemakers.

However, most homemaking dreamers haven’t even thought about it beyond counting the amount of people they want to house.

Property size can refer to the size of the buildings on the property or the size of the lot (land) that you have the right to own and use as you can enjoy. The purpose of buying or otherwise establishing some form of agreements for your right to the property, most importantly, is that you wish to enjoy the property. I remember my years working as a building and construction plan reviewer with the local government’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs; people would continuously ask, “Why do they call it consumer and regulatory affairs when patrons are not consuming their property? We are not consuming the property.” They would add to the question. That’s a long story I will deliberate in the future. The ultimate bottom line is you knowing exactly how much space you will need. On that course of thought, knowing how much space you will have to work with after you agree to purchase the property is very important.

During your F.O.C.U.S. consultation, you will learn that it is one of the most critical milestones in your project. Amount of space you require will open your options when evaluating; price, location, exposure, appearance, and time. Is this beginning to make sense now? Many home shoppers can not commit to any price, any particular location, or even, what appearances their ideal property should have and in what time frame they are ready to move. Simply because they have not yet determine how much space they want to be comfortable.

The most important decision about your favorable property is size and opportunity for your customizations. When a property is advertised, we emphasize the amenities of having legal amount of rooms/buildings/etc. So, a building may have more living space than it is actually being assessed for having. This is something that custom-home and other property buyers refer to as Added Values. A significant amount of Rodwell Building Services‘ customers have designs in mind. So they will jump at the opportunity to completely refashion a basement of a classic structure thereby increasing the taxable living area up to twice as much as it was before.

Delores was one of such fortunate custom home shopper. She was looking for 2+ bedrooms with around 1,000 square-feet on the main level when she saw a rambler with an attic as storage space. The basement was unfinished ad the attic was unheated so those areas were listed as non-living spaces. Within 70 days after closing on her purchase, her contractor was able to replace the staircases to both up into the attic and down to the basement. She had opted to replace the heating system with a brand new forced air system with cooling, so they had ductwork and vents to the new living spaces. After they refinished the walls and outfitted kitchen and the bathrooms with modern fixtures, she moved into a sprawling Raised Rambler with her master suite on the upper level while her 2 sons could sleep in their own rooms on the main level. She also named the third bedroom to be her home-office/library. An added bonus was the recreation rooms in the basement which she apportioned for her parents when they came to stay. It was a fully functional master bedroom suite also. So Delores has plenty of room for her and her sons to enjoy and entertain and even have relatives come to stay a while.

Enjoy your life in your custom home, Delores!

For your continued development and future enjoyment is why Rodwell Building Services developed #FOCUS – “a customized real estate consultative service that helps real estate buyers and sellers with their real services and right property for your order.” Rodwell Smith is a 3rd generation builder and Realtor in and around National Capital Area. Whether leasing letting, acquiring in whole or in part, letting on terms or disposing of entirely, he has help both public and private organizations with the real services and the right property for their order. When you want to formulate any of the brand new or exquisitely renewed reseller properties in the metropolitan region, do it with Rodwell Building Services. Engage Rodwell’s real estate improvements and marketing expertise for making your real estate better at: www.rodwellbuildingservices.com

So if you are looking to sell your property, telephone us on (240) 473-3097 where you can dictate your message and ask any questions if we can’t answer your call immediately. Property featured can be found in the Metropolitan Regional Information System all rights reserved. Telephone 202-760-5265 for more information or a scheduled tour.

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About Rodwell Smith

Third generation builder and real estate developer. With a combination of real estate and construction contracting experience, I have been responsible for overseeing day to day management of property acquisitions and sales, customer developments, tenant build-out, capital improvements and base building projects including build to suit, sealed bid renovations and design build contracts.

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