AKA “The coffee revolution”
I’m not sure if it’s because of the importance of coffee in our culture, or our need to improve everything, but I think that the evolution of coffee as a product is emblematic of our society.
The first improvement to the experience came many years ago. It was the plastic lid the deli used to give us to cover our coffee. The one that was impossible to make a drinkable wedge with, so you spilled all over while trying to tear a neat hole in the lid to drink through.
The next improvement was the customized raised top with a neat drinking hole in it. No more spilling. Sort of…..
Then came the “I Love NY” cardboard cup that burned your hand when you held it. That was improved by adding a customized “sleeve” where your hand goes.
Most recently, we discovered that walking and holding a cup with an open hole don’t really go together. (Not like chewing-gum). This was improved with the little green “stick” to go in the hole, so you don’t walk and spill.
Much like the take-out coffee experience, real estate is similar in the process of discovery and then improvement. It takes living with it (and in it) for awhile to fully realize the flaws.
I have yet to see a floor plan, or apartment that can’t be improved upon. And getting closer to perfection is an evolutionary experience. Every new buyer usually adds value or something better to the experience.
If you’re considering a renovation prior to moving into a home – rather wait – live in it awhile – and I’m certain you’ll find some things you never thought about.