As a homeowner and/or potential seller, investing in improving your East Bay home is not a bad idea. New kitchens and baths always add a touch of class to an older home. Refurbishing and renovating what’s there, creating a “move right in” feel with shiny floors and new windows, is a terrific way to enchant buyers. That’s why there’s so many home flippers out there doing so well.
Of course, you should always factor in the cost of construction, whether you own the property or if you’re considering purchasing a fixer upper. That cost will depend upon the needs of the respective property, but there is another cost to consider if you live–or intend to live–in the home during remodeling: time and inconvenience. Be sure to factor in your needs as well.
Some buyers have this “It’s a Wonderful Life” vision of remodeling: one person slapping paint on the walls while the other heads off to work; returning in the evening to find a completely transformed home. Fiction, of course.
There is always a cost of time and energy in DIY, and no matter how easy the youtube instructions look there is always a learning curve if you’re new to, say, resurfacing a kitchen counter.
If you’re up for it, of course, and you’ve done some remodeling before, and you have tools and vision and excitement for the project ahead, by all means let the good times roll! There’s nothing like the satisfaction you feel when you see how amazing and beautiful your completed project turned out!
I relate. In our first home, my wife and I turned a funky garage into a wonderful studio space. It was just the two of us, but we did have helpful friends with tools, time, willing hands, and expertise to guide us.
With our second home, older, wiser, and with two kids and one more on the way, we left the work we needed done to the professionals.
And remember, you can call me if you need any references for good home improvement professionals.
I’m easy to contact. As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone 510-527-0174. and you’ll probably reach me. I’m never too busy to take care of you– or your referrals–and I’ll make sure you’re glad you called.
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