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Sep 14, 2014 4:19AM
can you please let us know what to do and not do.we plan to stay for 20 years and don't want it to look dated .do we build a garage or a heliport.sidewalks or jetways.what heat will w need 20 years down the road.should we put in central air.concrete counters and floors? we need help .one giant open floor plan with no rooms??will there be electricity?windmills,runningwater,sewers or outhouses.please look into your crystal ball so I can prepare my home now for its upcoming sale in 20 year.they may not be desirable ideas for us but we will be vogue come sale time than to your planning.ill unload the big tv and computer tomorrow.they were outdated 10 minutes after we bought them
Aug 28, 2014 5:29PM
We are so 'fed' by experts on what we should or shouldn't do with our possessions.  If I want an above ground pool then 'three tears in a bucket' what you say about it. If I want to change something I will. Why do we have to do what a person tells us to do about our property? Do what you want, it's yours.
Jun 12, 2014 10:17PM
I wonder why every real estate expert in the world is certain that everyone buys a house in order to sell it later. My parents owned the same house from when their ids were young until all were grown and they retired. Nothing they ever did to the house while we lived there was with a view to selling it.
We keep our cars until they are dead, and if we can ever get a house, we'll keep it as long as we can.
Aug 20, 2013 4:35AM
Why would you pay these inflated prices for a depreciating asset better known as a house?
Aug 19, 2013 9:36PM
Nothing wrong with a bit of brass, better than the cheap crap you get these days, besides why do you think its still on the door? Because it outlasts other hardwire and has other values. omong other reasons.
Aug 19, 2013 6:54PM
All of this depends on IF you are planning to flip your house or IF you plan on living there for years, and years to come!!!!
Aug 19, 2013 6:41PM

I believe that people should make their houses a home.  I also believe that people should do whatever remodeling they want to make their homes comfortable for them.  I have a small house (672 sq ft), have boring colors by most peoples standards and update when necessary. 


For example, instead installing central air, I have an evaporated cooler.  I only feel that 10 days or so are uncomfortable; therefore,  I would not use it much anyway.  This must be unusual because the power company keeps calling to get a savers switch installed. 


I think If you are not going to use it for your pleasure then don't do it.  When you over improve your house, you will loose money. 




Aug 19, 2013 5:15PM
I MUST AGREE 100% with the above-ground pool :(  An in-ground pool isn't a GOOD thing in southeastern Ohio.  Pools require maintenance and MANY people just don't have the time or the $ to pay someone else to do it :(  Selling your home soon?  GET RID of the above-ground pool ASAP and get the landscaping back into shape :)  That's my advice. :)   I live in a BELOVED homeplace.... ZERO plans for resale and I admit I will NOT re-coup an investment into a sunroom off of the back of my house but that's OK :)  Concerning PAINT...Friends have bought homes through foreclosure to use as rentals.  OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Rooms painted BLACK..FLOORS/CEILINGS/WALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  PLUMBING that was NEVER maintained :(  First-MAINTAIN YOUR HOME :)  Do NOT paint the rooms WEIRD colors if you might need to move in the next five years.
Aug 19, 2013 5:03PM

The advice on changing the doorknobs is sheer stupidity the first thing anyone will do when they purchase a house, any house is to change all of the locks, which means all of the doorknobs on the exterior of the house, dated? changing the interior door knobs will not change the impression of the house, if the knobs are from the seventies so is the trim, the baseboard and all of the lighting fixtures, and any hinge attached to any door, which incidentally will in all probability be brass.

Save your money or put it where it counts, the bathrooms are what will make or break a house, nobody wants to see one substandard, lets face it, if you were meticulous about keeping up the bathroom, you were meticulous about every square inch of the house, and that is a selling point that no one will discuss out loud, only in private, like "did you see the bathroom, gross!!!!!!!!!" can you just imagine what is hiding in the corners or behind the shoddy remodeling job.

Aug 19, 2013 4:57PM

Most of this article was written as though everybody should have resale in mind. Granted some remodeling projects are poorly thought out especially changing the garage into a room. Here in SW Florida, a garage is expected in a house and even some condos and townhomes have them now. It's not fun getting into a car that is 130 degrees or trying to bring in groceries during one of our torrential every summer day downpours.


I keep to fairly neutral colors anyway because I like them and I use color in my accessories: pillows, throws, etc. I recently looked at a townhouse that had ever room painted a different unusual color: bright yellow, purple, dark green. That's fine if you like it but definitely paint it when you put your house on the market. There's a lot of buyers out there who want a move-in ready home and if they see a lot of painting in their future, they may just go elsewhere.


Yes, he unexpected can happen and you might find yourself having to sell because of unforseen circumstances but we should be able to enjoy our homes the way WE like, brass doorknobs and all.

Aug 19, 2013 4:44PM
slide 13 says change out brass doorknobs for brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze..... Isn't that exactly what slide 10 warns...to avoid getting too  t r e n d y ! ! !
Aug 19, 2013 2:56PM
That's why people add the garage to begin with, because it doesn't have to be added to the square footage of the home and a garage is the cheapest addition that can be made. So it won't be hard to add another later.

Also, come to Texas and tell me a covered or contained porch that will supply shade and a heat barrier is not a good idea. Most of the articles are presented as general rules but almost always apply to a very very select group of people.  
Aug 19, 2013 2:48PM
With millions of excess empty houses in the US, why dump more money into what is a dead asset even under the best of conditions?
Aug 19, 2013 2:15PM
as like with most other problems in this country, when it comes to discussing the problems with low home values even after remodeling, put the blame where the blame has been factually proven....the banks, the real-estate industry, and ultimately our government....the facts have already been shown to the world through Senate hearings and enough documentaries like Dateline NBC, CNBC, etc etc where by the government failed to oversee the corrupt management and even in some cases they just chose to look the other way when the clear signs were there that corruption was starting. So now 'we the people' like any other time are forced to take the punishment through what they did to our home values, retirements, medical coverage, etc etc! A government of the people, by the people, for the people? What a lie/scam on the American people when the facts prove this government is more corrupt than it has ever been thus a government of the government, by the government, for the government which the government makes us pay when they don't do what they were sworn in to do for its people!.
Aug 19, 2013 2:14PM

You ignore the fact that many times the owners  make improvements or add amenities to make themselves feel better at home. They are not contemplating to move, their kids are in third and fourth grade, they have a few years left on the mortgage so anything they add to the home represents a feeling of elation and satisfaction. The kids are content, they have plenty of entertaining right at home, and they have  a ping pong table in what used to be the garage. If it were not for the soccer field being two miles away, it would be a perfect place to live.

Aug 19, 2013 12:17PM
up yrs  most contractors with though the screws to homeowners everyone knows this I keep my shoes on when remodeling and my hightop boots when negotiating with the contractor
Aug 19, 2013 12:12PM

I do not know where you people are getting your help to do your homes I just purchased a home in Southern California complete renovation took out all drywall all electricity all plumbing my cost was approximately 1/3 of what you people are estimating your costs at  the most expensive thing I purchased was an air conditioner and heating unit which the home did not have when I purchased it

it did have a swimming pool which was very easy and cheap to bring back to usable and safe conditions most of my help came from (as acted as my own general contractor which is allowed in my city )Home Depot labor and craigslist electricians that were out of work  plumbers that were out of work

people that spend $50,000 to recondition a kitchen just have too much money  or  they are just stupid

I purchased a home in the middle 300,000s after renovations the value of the home has increased to approximately 480,000 other than the air-conditioning and heating system labor equipment merchandise i.e tile kitchen cabinets, cabinets for bathrooms new bathroom tubs new bathroom showers new carpet I invested less than $28,000 so where  you're getting these numbers if you are really spending that much you're getting screwed  

Aug 19, 2013 11:26AM
Quality brass accents are actually making a big comeback (no, not that shiny gold stuff, but stuff less garish).

Aug 19, 2013 11:23AM

   Idaho is right.

                                Nobody really owns their home.

                                It's the cities property, not yours.

                               That little piece of dirt is the cities

                                and your house is sitting on it.

Aug 19, 2013 11:12AM

As an old ex-investor and owner of a free and clear 31-year-old house I had built, I agree with most of the items mentioned in the article. Even without any house payment, I calculate my monthly expenses for property tax, insurance, utilities, and minor maintenance at approx $1500 per month. I have two 4-ton central AC/heating units that are 31 years old and will need replacing eventually at around $20K. They have always been maintained professionally at the beginning of the AC season. Two 50 gallon water heaters one 31 years old the other 12 years, about $2000 for both when needed. Remodeled the 30-year-old swimming pool for the second time $11000 each time. New fence $9K, new roof about $25K. Kitchen, Bathrooms remodels $70K. All wood flooring in every room $8K, new tile for kitchen and hall about $3.5K. The original cost of the house in 1982 Texas was $250,000 with an additional $26K for pool and $5K for fence.

Yes, it would be much cheaper to rent, especially with only two of us, however I would loss all privacy and could not swim nude in the community pool. I also like to blast the nine speakers and one sup-woofer watching movies.

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