Remodel or Move?

Remodel or Move?

That question is often parlayed into further family discussions.  Today’s column will offer some suggestions on answering the question. Before you can determine whether to move or remodel there are many factors to consider:

 Do you truly love your home’s floor plan?

Does your home offer you the space your family needs?

Do you plan to live in the house for at least the next five years?

How’s the neighborhood? Can you envision living there for years to come?

Will the current room remodel provide you with the home you want or will you need more remodeling in the future?

    Last month our eight-week master bathroom remodel was completed.  The walls and interior doors were removed to open up the space. It consists of 200 square feet and houses his and her mirrored wardrobe closets, an 8-foot by 4-foot shower with dual showerheads, a travertine shower surround and a travertine floor. The custom cherry cabinets on Queen Anne legs contain dual sinks and a center vanity with marble countertops. A lighted wall cabinet for towels, lotions and potions was also installed. Recessed cans provide the lighting.  The ceiling was raised to 9 feet and a remote controlled skylight was installed. We’re thrilled with the result. We bought the house 2 years ago and plan to retire here.

    Choosing the contractor will be your primary priority.  Quality Builders of Fountain Valley was a no-brainer for us.  Many of our neighbors and friends had their homes remodeled by this company within the last few years.  Referrals are imperative. Licensed contractors with good track records will provide the contact information of their previous clients. 

 Questions to ask the references:

Did the contractor complete the job within the timeline and the budget?

Were the workers on time to the job each day; did they perform as directed?

Did they clean up before leaving?

How responsive was the contractor? Did he return calls promptly?

Was the contractor on the job site regularly?

Did you have any problems? How were they resolved?

Would you use the same contractor again?

Would you mind if we came to see your remodel?

     If the homeowners are happy with the job, most will invite you to see the finished product. Kitchen and bathroom remodels garner the highest return when selling your home. You’ll spend anywhere from $25,000 to over $100,000 depending on the project, that’s why it’s so important to consider the first three questions. If your current house doesn’t provide the room you need, consult a trustworthy lender to determine how much house you can afford in today’s market. Take a ride with your local Realtor and view some homes for sale.  Doing your homework, will result in making the right decision for your particular needs.

Susan Saurastri is a Realtor with Star Real Estate. Contact her at 714-317-0664 or or

Posted on April 8, 2012 at 9:10 PM
Susan Saurastri | Category: Real Estate News

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