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The Just Right Home: Buying, Renting, Moving--or Just Dreaming--Find Your Perfect Match!
     

The Just Right Home: Buying, Renting, Moving--or Just Dreaming--Find Your Perfect Match!

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by Marianne Cusato, Daniel DiClerico
 

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Thirty-seven million Americans move during any given year. Millions more think about it. They all want the same thing—a perfect place to live. But most of us have only the vaguest idea of what makes us happy, home-wise, and don’t even know all the questions to ask. That’s where Marianne Cusato comes in. One of the most influential people in the

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Thirty-seven million Americans move during any given year. Millions more think about it. They all want the same thing—a perfect place to live. But most of us have only the vaguest idea of what makes us happy, home-wise, and don’t even know all the questions to ask. That’s where Marianne Cusato comes in. One of the most influential people in the home-building industry, designer of the Katrina Cottages, and go-to authority for the media on issues related to housing, she’s written a comprehensive, interactive guide to finding the just right home. This is the book that answers the plea she hears every time she gives a speech—“I wish I’d talked to you before buying my house!”


By leading the reader through every step of choosing a home—from the broad strokes, such as city vs. suburb and buy vs. rent, to specific details of energy use and building materials—The Just Right Home helps readers understand not only what they want in a home but what they need. It shows why proximity—to work, to stores, to schools—trumps location, and what the difference means. Why a property’s live-in value is greater than its resale value. How to identify and assess the big three variables: function, cost, delight. How to get a realistic grip on budget, including factoring in maintenance costs. How to plan for future needs—children moving out, a parent moving in, or just growing old in a home. Why all square feet are not created equal. The ins and outs of zonings, covenants, home-owner associations. The five elements to look for when walking through a property. How much to pay an inspector. And so much more.


Filled with sidebars, boxes, examples, anecdotes, and cheat sheets, it’s the book that helps readers answer all their questions about where to live and what to live in.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761168911
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/09/2013
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
926,723
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Marianne Cusato is an award-winning designer who was dubbed one of the most influential people in home building by Builder magazine. She writes for the Huffington Post and has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and dozens of other publications. She lives in Miami, Florida.

Daniel DiClerico is a senior editor at Consumer Reports, covering housing and renovation, among other subjects.

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The Just Right Home: Buying, Renting, Moving--or Just Dreaming--Find Your Perfect Match! 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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book-babe-311 More than 1 year ago
I won this on goodreads and what great timing to since we are looking at buying a house in the near future! This book gives you all the aspects from all angles of buying from location, style, area, etc. and all for your budget you want to remain in. Not only is it full of detailed info that one will need to keep in mind while going through this process but it even has all sorts of charts to help you along your way and make finding a home rather it be buying or renting a lot easier! Thanks again! Im sure to be looking over this book a couple more times during our process! A+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I slit my wrist and blood spills onto th floor and i die. Nothing can heal me. The soul out of my eyes