New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year!

As an estate agent, the first couple of weeks of the year have always meant running around with two diaries in hand. Very inconvenient, but necessary for referral.

The last diary always worn out, notes scribbled throughout back to back, and the odd coffee stain. The new one crisp and clean, absolutely presentable yet not worth a penny till the lines within yield contracts.

Most people start off with a new year resolution, a wish meant to correct one's past errors, or create new opportunities. Always a wish to better one's position in life.

The backbone to a better future for any adult, past chasing wild dreams on the road, is a proper home and a roof over one's head where to plan and translate the better thoughts into reality.

A well planned and properly designed house or apartment will offer versatility, and scope for entertaining friends, accommodating a home office or a larger family should the possibility arise, and offer privacy for it's inhabitants whenever necessary. These factors should by all means override location.
Space and privacy are a must for both individual, and family units. If one can afford the right amount of space and more, then location enters the picture.

Malta offers a superb market for people seeking different layouts. Unlike some foreign markets where houses are churned out by the hundreds in one mold, this little island offers a wealth of possibilities. What might appear impractical for one family is perfect for another. Families with adolescents might jump at the opportunity of having the childrens' bedrooms close to the main door so that the young ones can drop in and out without disturbing the rest of the family. A young couple might shun this layout and want the hallway opening into the living room leaving the rest of the house private. The possibilities are endless.

All said and done, it is inevitable that economical implications will still have contractors building smaller units whenever possible.

Do remember however that the older towns and villages have grown "organically" around the central piazza and church, and are therefore better integrated with all amenities at hand. They also offer a hidden wealth of airy rooms, "turn of the century" character and frequently a cellar or well for practical purposes.


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