Remember why you bought your current home? But now there are things you’d like to change. The big question is should you remodel or move to the house of your dreams. Deciding to remodel or move is a huge decision. There are the obvious financial factors to think about. Even more important
Need More Living Space?
When you bought your house it had all the space you thought you'd need, even after the kids arrived. Now that you've got three children and an elderly parent living there, you realize you need more space. Now you've got to decide if it's better to remodel or move ... a tough decision.
- Turning unfinished areas into living space is almost always cheaper than putting an addition on your house. Most often this means finishing an attic, basement or both. But make sure you pay attention to local building codes that dictate what ';s allowed.
- Home additions that add space are popular too. Most often homeowners add a bathroom, family room, a master bedroom suite and sometimes these are added over a new attached garage.
- Your remodeling budget is critical. While you need more space, make sure your investment will result in good resale value ... known as cost vs value.
When buying a new house, many people decide to complete one or more home renovations before moving in. Few existing homes are truly “move-in ready” or maybe you want to personalize the house, to make it your own. Or you’re a savvy homeowner buying new construction and want to avoid the outrageous upgrade prices charged … Read More
The house was supposed to be done in 120 days. That meant February 1st which slipped to March, April and finally closed on May 3rd. That was the beginning. Then we gutted the house and turned cheap builder cabinets and other features into an upscale house I love. Fortunately I’m a blogger, so I was … Read More
When planning big remodeling projects, it pays to research how much the improvements should be worth when you sell your home. Here’s a quick index to the survey that can help you evaluate the “cost vs value” of the most common home renovations. Remodeling.com’s “cost vs value” surveys began in 2002 with 15 remodeling projects. … Read More
Maybe you’re thinking about buying a new house and have to prioritize the features you want? can afford? Or you think an addition will give you the space you need. Your home is a huge investment and you want to spend your money wisely.
Maria’s home buying journey started about a year ago. She closed on her new home last week and I joined them for the final walk through, to take photos and finally see the inside of the house. Maria is beyond thrilled with the renovations planned for this house. This seemed like the perfect opportunity for … Read More
Recently there’s been a lot more emphasis on adding living space to our houses by opening up rooms to the outdoors. The most popular outdoor living ideas extend what we already have, like replacing a sliding patio door with a wall of glass. You get to enjoy outdoor living year round. With the doors closed, you can enjoy views … Read More
When you view this house from the street, you see a modern house using lots of glass and native plantings. You have no idea what’s inside, from the floor plan to the lifestyle of those who live here. The only real clue, the house is located within the Lake Nona Gold & Country Club. So it … Read More
There’s a saying that you can’t tell a book by it’s cover. The same idea is true for houses. You can’t tell the lifestyle of a home by it’s exterior. The 2017 New American Home illustrates this point perfectly. It showcases home design trends for an active lifestyle you can’t imagine from the outside. You’ll … Read More
Most builders now give home buyers a home energy score (HERS, Home Energy Rating System) to compete with other builders. This helps buyers project their major operating costs for heating, cooling, hot water and more. In December 2016, the Portland City Council unanimously passed an ordinance requiring the disclosure of home energy scores to all homebuyers … Read More