Gosh...I came here to contribute and answer...but after reading all the responses you got, I learned alot! Wow! Who knew that "pressed board" cabinets could be toxic to your health? Does Lowes and Home Depot know this, because that is what their in-stock cabinets are made of. I will definietly study up on this subject because this is the first I've heard of it. I don't care if my part of my cabinets are pressed wood. It can be stronger than some woods...and it doesn't show! Save a tree if possible. We need to be more "earth" conscious.
Depends on the distance between the two appliances. A Heating and Air Conditioning company can probably give you a rough idea of the costs over the phone. Good luck to you!
Never heard of "vinyl" worktops. Do you mean laminate? Laminate is cheaper and fairly durable. Granite lasts forever and is expenseive. There are some really nice laminate selections out there that resemble granite. If your pocketbook is limited...go for the laminate!
Granite is very, very popular today! In big demand by most buyers! Are you planning to sell soon? If so, I would put granite in. It has not gone out of fashion yet. If you are going to stay there for a while...I would put in hardwood, then see what the lastest fashion in countertops is when and if you get ready to sell. Then you can "update" your kitchen.
Seems high. Get two more estimates...ask for recommendations from neighbors or friends who have had work done. I pay $5.00 per square foot for my tile work...that is just to lay the tile...not buy the supplies. But most subcontractors I work with don't ask for money up front to buy materials...they have done well enough to buy the supplies. Be sure you sign a contract that states start date, finish date and specifies who pays for what. And keep copies of the payments you make. Good luck to you!
I have remodeled many a kitchen. I am an agent, as well as a home rehabber. I am also very cost conscious. I wonder why housing prices keep dropping, while the costs of building supplies keeps going up? Doesn't make sense. But anyway...back to your question. I know the cabinets you are speaking of...the painted maple with chocolate glazing. They are very pretty, but I think they are a very personal selection. You many love them...but the next woman that considers buying your house may not. You may want to select something more "neutral"...like white, or cherry. Cherry seems to be a trend now. White never goes out of style. If you choose to put in a darker cabinet...be sure your kitchen gets alot of light...either natural or man-made. And also put in light colored floors. 7-9 years is a long time to be in a house and "wait" to improve it. If you can do it now...I'd go ahead...because that's 7-9 years of enjoyment for you! But put money aside for that roof! (And when you do the roof...do architectual shingles! They are so pretty!)Good luck to you!
I used to only like hardwood...but as an agent, I have seen that today's younger buyers LOVE laminate, esp if it is not the cheapest stuff. They have improved so much in producing laminate floors, they really look good! And they are easy to clean. Look especially nice in the areas you mentioned, with nice area rugs to personalize the room. Best of luck to you!
Absolutely! If this were a 3 Bedroom, potentially going to a 2, I would say no. But a 3 bedroom with a huge walk-in closet (in the Master???) is always a plus. Walk-in closets hold alot of appeal to buyers. There is no such thing as too much storage space! Would be really nice if you put really nice shelving or built-in drawers. And I love to see a chandelier in a closet...just a small one! It really ads a touch of luxury! Good luck!
One way would be to look at tax records, as someone else mentioned. Another would be to go to the court house where deeds are recorded and trace backwards in the deedbooks when the property changed hands. Eventually, you will come to the "birthday" of the house. Sherry
If you only have one bathroom...then leave the tub. If you have two baths and the other one has a tub then by all means, add a nice shower. People buying a one bath home need a tub...to bathe the kids, the dogs, or just soak in a hot tub! But if you have two bathrooms, and at least one as a tub, a really nice shower will definitly add value to your house, as well as possibly help it sell quicker. Sherry