The spare room. How is it that they always seem to be a catchall for random household items and never quite turn into a useable room? If you’re tired of walking by your spare room and it’s dismal mish-mash state keep reading for tips to turn it into a room you’ll be excited to use.

Art studio. Whether you were born with a paintbrush in hand, haven’t touched one since high school or have always wanted to learn how an art studio can bring creativity into your life and home. Invest in an easel and a paint set to get started. But be sure to cover the floors for easy clean up! Unless that is you want to go for the splattered look.

Reading room. Turn your spare room into a cozy reading nook by installing floor to ceiling bookshelves and some reading chairs. Create a room others will envy by building a window seat snug between two bookcases. Add ambiance with thick, ornate curtains and a plush area rug.

Music room. Have you been longing to learn piano or guitar for years? Set your spare room up to be a practice space by installing soundproof walls and adding some instruments. Hooks on walls to hang your growing guitar collection or a small bookshelf for sheet music will keep your room neat and organized.

Crafting room. If you have more craft supplies than you know what to do with you would probably benefit from a craft room. By dedicating space to your hobby you can organize your projects to be picked up at will and safely stored when you are ready to dive back in. If you have more than one craft you prefer you can even set up station dedicated to each one throughout your room. Add a cozy sitting chair for knitting or needlepoint or a large desk for scrapbooking or sewing.

Playroom. Give your kids a space of their own by creating a playroom to store all their toys and have ample room to play with them. The extra space allows you to add fun playtime extras like a rug with a racetrack printed on it or a large dollhouse. A playroom also helps kids transition from playtime to other activities throughout the day.

Movie theater. If you are a movie buff consider turning your spare room into the ultimate home movie theater experience. Large reclining chairs with cupholders add the comfort of the movie going experience. Pick up a screen projector and popcorn machine to recreate that theater feel.
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Don’t let the extra space your spare room offers go to waste. Clear out any clutter that’s built up over the years and dedicate it to a new hobby, a long loved pastime or a place for your family to gather and spend time. Your options are endless so get creative and then get to work!

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Excitement over buying a new house, especially if the sticker price on the house is good,could cause you to overlook key factors about the property. If you get too emotionally attached to the idea of living in a new house, you could rationalize away water stains that you see on walls. You could also dismiss how cold and damp the basement is or how humid it is in the attic.

High price of rationalizing away house problems

It’s these very defects that can cost you thousands. The trick is that you probably won’t start dealing with issues related to one or more house defects until after you move in. By then, it could be too late. Then, again you may have some safeguards.

Investing in homeowners insurance that covers standard events like fires and theft is just a start. You also want to get insurance that covers events like floods ,earthquakes, mud slides and tornadoes, whichever events generally occur in the area that the house is located in.

  • To protect yourself against house defects, ask the seller to complete a home disclosure form. Depending on the state that the house is located in, this might be required by law. If not, ask the seller to list out any known defects that the house has and to sign and date the form. Work with your attorney or real estate agent to get this document.
  • Check to see if defects that appear after you move into the house were listed on the house inspector’s report. If they were and you missed seeing the defects, you may be responsible for associated repairs. If the defects were not picked up by the inspector, contact your local housing authority. Explain the situation and see if you have legal recourse. You could also work with your attorney on this.
  • Hire your own house inspector before you move into a house. This applies whether it’s a newly constructed house or an older home.
  • Make sure that a house built before 1978 is inspected for lead paint.
  • Get the house inspected for defects such as asbestos, mold and mercury levels before you buy the house. Clearly ask inspectors to check for these items. Also, make sure that the wiring, plumbing and the roof are checked.

Paying for an independent home inspection before you buy a house is a great way to find out specific problems that you could be taking on with a new property before you sign a contract. If you live in a state like California, you can have added protections, as some state regulations require sellers to fill out, sign and date disclosures that list out known defects associated with the house they are selling.

Because you are the one who will be living in the house and maybe paying a mortgage on the property for several years, make it your responsibility to check for problems.Make it your responsibility to ensure that you’re getting the best housing deal possible and not only as it relates to the price of the house.

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