Month: May 2019

Custom VS Direct Replacement Remodeling Part II

Welcome back Cincinnati! So which type of renovation is best for you? There are exceptions to every rule but you probably guessed, direct replacement is where you are going to get the most bang for your buck. A kitchen renovation is one of the best examples of this. If your kitchen has a great layout, but just looks dated, you would simply remove all of the old cabinetry and fixtures and install new in the exact same place with little or no modifications to the mechanical systems of the home. This makes for a stunning new look and minimizes both the labor cost on the project, and the time to complete. There are exceptions to every rule, but this type of renovation typically makes the most sense to those of you reading this that may be in your home a limited number of years.

Let’s talk about the exception for a moment. Every now and then, when a house has a poor layout, feels dark, or closed in; going beyond direct replacement may benefit you upon the sale of your home. Chances are that if you feel that way, so will prospective buyers. Sometimes, by adding more space, opening up the floor plan, or getting in more natural light may very well add value to your home above what your home is currently worth, making it a great opportunity. We’d always suggest talking this over with your Realtor first. Stay tuned for part III!

Custom VS Direct Replacement Remodeling Part I

We talk with so many people a year and something that often drives the scope of a renovation is the value of the home in conjunction with how long people expect to stay in the home. 

Typically, this puts most of our clients in one of two camps.  The first are those folks that don’t intend on staying in the home more than 5-10 years. Typically in this situation, it makes good sense to keep a sharp eye on your equity position so you get the most bang for your buck when it’s time to sell.  Sometimes that comes in the form of making a little money on what you chose to invest in the home, and for many it means that the home will sell faster than what’s around it.

The second groups are those who plan on staying a lifetime.  Our grandma used to say “Honey, I’m never moving again, and so I’m making it what I want!”  (We quote her all the time and still miss her).  So, for those of you those share our grandma’s sentiment, go crazy!

These posts only hold 1500 words, so stay tuned for advice on which type of renovation is best for you!

Something to Consider…

When hiring a contractor, you want the job to go as smoothly as possible and you certainly don’t want anyone to get hurt.  We all know accidents happen, ask any contractor you interview for your project if they have a safety program in place.

Don’t Wait ’till you Move!

I took a call yesterday from a couple looking to downsize now that the kids are out of the home. We’ve had many calls like this over the years. One indelible memory I have is working for a wonderful gentleman in Sharonville, renovating a least a part of his entire home as he was listing to sell.

We completed the renovations and he was very complimentary of our work, but something seemed off. I pried a bit as I have a habit of doing, and he said something to me I’ll never forget. He said ” I love what you were able to do with my home, I just can’t believe I worked all these years just to give it away, never being able to enjoy it myself!”. That was a very bittersweet moment for Chase and I.

I guess the thought of the day is, always weigh your options and do what is fiscally responsible for your family. Just remember to factor in to your calculations that a home renovation that fits your life is a breath of fresh air, a reassuring and relaxing feeling, much needed at the end of your long day!

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