“Nancy is an amazing agent!. She went “above and beyond” to help us find the perfect home. She took the time to show us many houses. She was patient while we decided. She worked with and for us every step of the way. I recommend her to anyone looking to buy here. We moved from Connecticut and she educated us on the area so we were comfortable moving somewhere we had never been before.” Duncan Brown - Murrells Inlet, SC
Nancy Aborn Wuennemann
If you are debating on whether to sell or renovate, first ask yourself some questions and then do some math.
First the questions:
- Do you love or hate your home? If you hate it, will remodeling really make you love it or just hate it less? If you'll just hate it less, sell.
- Do you love the neighborhood or hate it? If you hate it, remodeling won't help. Sell.
- Do you want more improvements than are reasonable for the neighborhood? Carpet, kitchen, bath, and landscape all recoup costs. But if you want fixtures and amenities that will make your home cost way more than others in the neighborhood, consider moving. You probably won't recoup the costs at your eventual sale.
If you decide to remodel, calculate how much a renovation or rehab project will cost. Or should cost. Whether you're debating on hiring vs DIY or deciding between competing contractors, it's a good idea to understand what you get for the money as well as what constitutes a fair price.
A few rules of thumb can help, so here are some tips on how to estimate your rehab costs: Be wary of finding overall estimates online and assuming they work for you. The cost of materials and labor vary by region of the country, so make sure you're comparing like with like. Know the cost of materials. This is one of the easiest things you can do to prepare. Create a file and visit your local home stores to find the prices of lumber, windows, flooring, paint, and the like.
Understand the time involved. Have a basic idea of how long it should take to replace a roof or install a window so you can better understand the contractor's quote. (An entire roof can be done in a day or two, while an uncomplicated window install can be done in a half hour.)
Accessories add up. Remember to budget for things like cabinet knobs, door hinges, trim, and the like.
Think in terms of function, not space.
If you're undertaking a larger project and are the one drawing up a Scope of Work, it's more accurate to calculate by category of professional. A plumber will take care of your kitchen sink as well as your bathtub, for example. This also helps with the flow of a project, as each of these contractors does their work at different stages.
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