Posted On: October 5th, 2016 11:24PM
I had lunch with a very good friend of mine today. She and I get together every few months just to keep up with what is happening in our lives. This seems to be harder and harder to do today because everyone is soo busy!
I was telling her about jumping back into real estate with both feet and how much fun I am having already- then she sprung her dilemma on me- she would love to move and downsize - but her house needs a lot of work - if she picks materials and finishes that she likes, and spends good $ making the changes, will it benefit her in a sale or not! That's really a valid point because she needs to spend some significant money to update the home, but if she goes to sell in a year or two, will someone look at it and just want to rip it all out- money down the proverbial drain!
I'm going through the same dilemma at my own house- but the reality for me is that I don't want to move all this stuff we have, so we are going to stay put and let our kids someday deal with our "stuff" that we haven't sold by then. At the same time, remodel costs are extremely high so it's important to think and research carefully to get the best value for your money. If you are going to live in the house for awhile- pick what you like and enjoy it as long as you are there. Don't always look for the best deal at big box stores- I have found small flooring companies that have given me great deals and excellent service. Bigger does not always mean better when it comes to value and service.
I have spent hours searching Zillow, Houzz and Pinterest for ideas on my remodel. Putting pictures into albums has really helped me narrow my focus and share with my husband my vision of what I want, together we then pick materials and put our plan into place. Our first project is our basement bathroom- we gutted it this weekend, and have picked out everything but the tile for the shower surround - so I'm taking before and after pictures to make the event memorable- maybe I'll post a few pics here to show my progress!