April 18, 2013 4:22 pm
Cusato first came to fame for her work on Katrina Cottages, the 308-square-foot kit homes that provided shelter to flood victims in the Gulf. In 2012, Cusato was voted one of the 30 Most Influential Women in the Housing Economy by HousingWire Magazine.
In her new book, “The Just Right Home,” Cusato is not only reaching out to buyers and renters - she wants to help housing experts rethink the way they design, build, sell, and resell real estate, as well as gain an edge on their competition.
Cusato's book leads you 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 what they want in a home and what they need by showing:
- 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 zoning, covenants, homeowners associations
- The five elements to look for when walking through a property
Moving today means more than changing addresses; it is an opportunity to assess how one really wants to live and to truly understand how a home is tied to a job, family, health, and personal finances.
While there is no one handbook for those going through a move, relocation or new home experience for the first time, Cusato's latest book appears to be packed with advice - maybe give it a read.