by Russ Meyer, Nebraska Home Sales Realtor
Like many of this column’s readers, I make New Years resolutions, and if you are like me, you know some of those resolutions are a slam-dunk. In other words, they are too easy to accomplish. Other resolutions that you make you know are un-attainable. You know the ones where you raise your right hand and pledge to do something better for yourself or others in the next year, but you know next week you will fall flat on your face trying. I saw commendable posts on Facebook of so many friends affirming that they would eat better, drink less, exercise, lose weight, volunteer or work towards better finances. Here is what I proposed and resolved to do in 2017 at the stroke of midnight, December 31st, much to my wife’s excitement: Take care of our house better.
Sounds good doesn’t it? It’s the truth. Our home is great, and we have been able to share it with many. It is the go to place for parties and events with friends and family including dance parties in the living room until 3 am, impromptu spaghetti and meatball dinners for large crowds, and storage space for friends and relatives’ boxes of must-save but forgotten stuff. Most recently our home has been in the throes of renovation.
Ahhh yes, the renovation that plods along at a snail’s pace, the one room at a time type project, completed in spare moments. Everyone that stops in asks for a tour of the newest project completed, while not so subtly asking how much longer the renovation will take. My resolution is to ‘take better care of my house,’ but what I really am pledging is that the renovation(s) will be finished by year’s end 2017. Scouts honor, I promise.
As a realtor I encourage home renovation projects for my buyers, they give a sense of pride and ownership, and they can easily boost the value of a property. Every buyer wants to put their ‘mark’ on a home, to make it theirs, create their nest, and make their space meaningful for them. My wife and I are doing this with our home, and we are enjoying it. I encourage you to do the same.
Happy New Year!