This is probably the baseline for regular houses in Carlsbad for the next few months – this just closed for $700,000 cash:
Category Archive: ‘Repairs/Improvements’
A key point here is that the local neighborhood experts gave them no chance of selling for the price they wanted, even after making improvements.
It sold for full price, on the first day:
Many thanks to our clients for doing this!
For those who are looking for new flooring and don’t mind traveling to the 15 corridor, this new store is just a couple of miles east of Carmel Valley. They have plenty of other extras too – here’s a tour:
Hat tip to Eddie89 for finding this article on remodeling:
It was a crumbling Parkdale rooming house, populated by drug users and squatters and available on the cheap. We were cash-strapped, desperate to move and hemmed in by a hot market. Five years, three contractors and $1.1 million later, our home renovation nightmare is finally over.
We realize that our story could’ve ended up much differently. We’ve learned a harsh lesson: there’s no way to shortcut a reno; they cost a lot, period. If we had just listened to the advice of realtors, architects, designers, tradespeople and many friends, we would have avoided considerable stress and, well, $100,000 in debt. We were the victims of a shoddy contractor and bad luck, but also of our own colossal ignorance and hubris.
Anyone thinking of doing their own home renovations should read full story:
We check permits on every house:
Are fixers out of the question?
Are you willing to pay a premium for a reno? How much extra?
The home-improvement videos on YouTube are causing more people to do their own repairs around the house – great! Personally, I like to stick to the minor fixes – let the pros help you with anything major.
Lowe’s is the most subscribed retailer on YouTube – this drywall repair video has over 668,000 views!
The trends change fast enough that older homes that have been remodeled previously can still benefit from an update:
Another rule-of-thumb on how much to spend on your house:
Maintaining a home, especially an older one, can be expensive—in fact, experts say homeowners should be prepared to spend roughly 1 percent of their home’s value every year on maintenance.
The good news is, you can save on maintenance by completing simple tasks yourself. According to the experts at Underwriters, Inc. these include:
- Cleaning the Gutters – To prevent costly damage to your home’s foundation, landscaping and siding, remove debris and leaves from the gutters at least twice a year. Don’t forget gloves and eye protection!
- Open Garage Doors Manually – Don’t call a garage technician the next time your power’s out—simply locate the (usually red) cord, suspended from the ceiling-mounted operator, in your garage, and pull it to disconnect the cord from the motor.
- Removing Stripped Screws – Avoid causing more damage when screws slip from a screwdriver. Place a rubber band or piece of steel wool over the screw and then try to remove it—if that method fails, use a screw extractor.
- Repairing a Leaky Faucet – Leaks can cost hundreds in wasted water. Before you call a plumber, try DIY-ing by shutting off the main water supply, removing the faucet’s knobs, and checking the washers, stems and O-rings for signs of damage. Take these pieces to the hardware store to find exact replacements.
- Stop a Running Toilet – Another plumber job you can do yourself! Remove the lid to the tank behind the toilet, and check the flush lever, rubber flapper, lift chain, float ball, pump and overflow tube. A running toilet usually requires just a simple adjustment or replacement to fix.
If you can master these essential homeowner skills, you’ll not only save money on maintenance, but also the expense of more costly fixes in the future.
Milgard gives a lifetime guarantee on their windows – here’s how it works: