REPAIR OR REPLACE?
Our work, as electricians, gives us the opportunity to see many styles of homes in our communities. Many of these homes built on the east side were built in the 60’s and 70’s. A good number of them have been updated with new kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, and impact windows which make them more comfortable. Some have been replaced with new homes. The western communities are newer and offer higher ceilings, open floor plans, walk-in closets, larger kitchens, and bathrooms. Remodeling and additions are also happening in these areas.
We all have made decisions as to where we want to live. Some desire waterfront, others want to be close to downtown and others desire gated communities with associations to maintain the community appearance. Schools also influence where people want to buy. No matter which area in which we choose to live, “our home is said to be our castle”.
We have been involved in home remodeling in all areas of our community. Some are just kitchen and bathroom upgrades. Others are room additions and opening walls to make the homes look more spacious. Remodeling is taking place in all communities, as people desire a more modern look.
Our big box home improvement stores commit a large amount of floor space to showing off the modern design in cabinetry, appliances, window treatments and flooring. While individually these items cost less to buy, they are far more expensive to install as a remodeling project where the existing floors and cabinetry will need to be removed and the plumbing and electric will need to be upgraded.
When do you make the decision to replace the whole house over just making some changes? Where is your best return on investment? These questions should be considered when deciding on the extent of improvements you plan to make over the next several years. If you have an older home you should also consider the aging plumbing, above and below ground, air conditioning systems, ductwork and electrical systems. Many times the cost to make repairs on these systems far exceeds the cost of replacing the entire systems.
One thing to consider is how long you plan to own the home. If it is only for a short time, remodeling could be the best choice, but if you plan to be there for a long time you may want to consider building the house you want to live in.
Al is a State Licensed Electrical Contractor and owner of Al Siefert Electric. The articles he writes are about items of interest and questions from his customers. Please call Al if you have questions concerning electric service, installation, and repair.
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