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Start with An Idea Book When Buying, Building, or Rebuilding

by Frank L. Pento 08/04/2019

Thinking of buying a new home, building your dream home or remodeling the home you have? Before you reach out to your nearest real estate agent, find a building contractor or raid your local do-it-yourself home improvement store, gather and refine all your ideas in one place by creating an idea book.

As the name says, an idea book is a collection of all the ideas you have for your new home or remodel. It should include notes about what rooms you need, but also include things like the style. Do some research online or in magazines to determine what features you like and with what kind of home style they go. Include pictures of these features in case they are called something different so that you and your professional help, be it real estate agent or builder, knows what you are looking for in a home. Think about colors, size, layout and everything else you can think of to create the perfect home. 

Analog Idea Books

For many, this old-school method is the way to go. Get a notebook or a stack of paper and start writing things down. Then browse home design catalogs, real estate brochures and anything else you can get your hands on, cut out pictures and descriptions that appeal to you and glue, tape, staple or tuck the photos between the pages, so they don't get lost. If you'd rather see all your ideas at once, try tacking them to a corkboard or use magnets to stick your pictures and notes to your refrigerator. If you want to get extra extravagant with your idea book, get yourself a scrapbook with slip sheets and decorative pages.

Digital Idea Books

Websites like Houzz, Pinterest, and Photo Stream offer a way to keep your digital ideas all in one place. The photo collage layout of an online idea book lets you see your thoughts in one place like a corkboard, but organize them using folders and tags more like in a physical book. A lot of contractors and real estate agents prefer these online idea books since they are easy to share and help them understand what exactly you want.

Where to Start?

At first, you might think that it is just too much. There are so many styles, windows, furniture, and colors you simply don't know where to begin. That's just fine. Start with everything you like. Its easier to pare down your ideas once you've got examples of everything in front of you. You can help this process by grouping the ideas by room type: exterior in one place, backyard and landscaping in a second, kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, living room all in their individual folders or collages. Its also a good idea to cross reference your likes and dislikes by color, feel and even which member of your family came up with the idea.

As you progress, you’ll start to notice you gravitate toward certain types and styles including specific windows, rooflines, and color schemes. When the same kind of drawer handles shows up in seven of your ten favorite bathroom cabinet styles, it’s a sign that you like that style a lot. You can go as specific as you want with your idea book, or you can leave your options wide open, but get some basic parameters around what you do and don’t like.

Once your book is ready, find your real estate agent or builder and show them what you want!

About the Author
Author

Frank L. Pento

"Your Success Is My Top Priority"

A lifelong resident of Monmouth County with deep roots in the area, Frank’s real estate business continues to grow in the Monmouth, southern Middlesex and northern Ocean County real estate markets. With over 16 years of experience, he has earned a level of accomplishment that places him in the Top 1% of all roughly 8,000 licensed real estate agents in the Monmouth/Ocean area. As part of his business expansion plan Frank and his team have joined with Re/Max, a brand that has sold more homes than any other brand in the USA. Frank’s most important attribute is to first listen to what his clients’ goals and needs are. Then he combines his wealth of experience with a mature business savvy, high personal integrity, and keen negotiating expertise to craft a customized plan that will ensure that his clients succeed.

Constantly seeking to perfect his home marketing system for his listing clients, Frank has integrated a vast array of Re/Max, LTD tools as well as other specialized vendor solutions which includes an intense Social Media Marketing Plan. This enabled him to customize an overall home marketing system which has helped him achieve over $140 million in successful closed transactions. By leveraging his time-tested program, Frank sells homes in all price ranges, from $100,000 to $10 million, something most local agents and agencies cannot do well.

As a former successful Engineer and Real Estate investor, and having managed many property renovation projects, Frank brings a practical real-world experience to assist his clients in making well-informed decisions. He has a proven track record as both a highly successful listing agent and credentialed buyer’s agent. In fact, his clients find Frank’s depth of knowledge to be most refreshing and reassuring, as he is able to take much of the stress out of the often complicated process of buying or selling a home.

The local association for Realtors, the Monmouth Ocean Regional Realtors has selected Frank among his peers to serve as a member of the Professional Standards Committee, a body which serves to uphold the association’s high standards of integrity and professionalism in the industry. Frank has also furthered his real estate education and earned the prestigious designation of Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR). This means that when Frank and his team work with buyers, they have the expertise and training to help ensure buyers make sound thoughtful purchasing decisions, and most importantly, without overpaying. Frank and his team place a high value on establishing life-long relationships within their community by being trusted resources and advisors long after the deal closes. Give Frank a call and let him show you exactly what he means when he says…."YOUR SUCCESS IS MY TOP PRIORITY"

Amy Van Daley

Licensed Assistant | +1 (347) 886-3059 | [email protected]

Amy was born and raised in Staten Island, NY and now lives with her husband and three children in the Oak Hill section of Middletown. She has over 11 years of experience in real estate, both as an Executive Assistant and as a Licensed Agent. As the daughter of a home improvement contractor, Amy has comprehensive knowledge of home building and construction. Her primary responsibilities within “The Pento Real Estate Group” involve marketing, administration, scheduling and transaction management while directly reporting to Frank. Amy is proficient in Social media, and greatly contributes to keeping the Pento machine working flawlessly and efficiently for our clients.

Amy is courteous and respectful of her colleagues and clients and, as our tag line states, always makes sure the success of our clients is her top priority. She understands how real estate is a “round the clock” job. As a licensed agent, Amy is available to backup members of the group if necessary, which creates even greater advantages for our clients.