Remodeling

I get a  fair amount of questions in regards to remodeling vs. new construction. Heres the text from a recent reply...

 

 

The way I generally proceed is to get as much client info ahead of time  as possible.

You mentioned you were not sure if you wanted to start new or remodel. If walkability is important- have you identified neighborhoods where you might want to be? Possible lot costs?  Building new is generally more expensive that working with what you have, and from a sustainability standpoint working with existing has a lot going for it. depending on the age of the home, upgrading generally includes adding insulation on walls and maybe ceiling cavities, upgrading mechanical equipment, maybe replacing windows, those sorts of things. Some items (like upgraded mech. equipment) have a quicker ROI than other items, such as windows, from an energy bills standpoint. But upgrading windows can improve the overall perceived comfort of a home if the existing windows are drafty...

 

Most importantly I like to know what it is that you like. One way I found to do this is to send potential clients to both Houzz and Pintarest and have them set up "like' books or what ever they call them with images of things that appeal to you. Very helpful in establishing someones tastes.

 

Its good to know what it is that you are trying to do with your home. Do you like to entertain? Cook? is a nice master bedroom important? Master bath? Outdoor space. whats an ideal sized home for you?

 

Lets start chatting by email about these sorts of things first...