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  1. #1
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    Default How do you decide whether to build or remodel in MY situation?

    Sorry if this is not the best place for this post; I know that irritates some people. I'm also going to put it in the "remodel" forum.
    We're farmers and almost 5 years ago we bought a 40 with cropland and the farmhouse/buildings. The house, which we had been previously renting, is nothing special to look at. It was built in 1916 and I JUST found a baseboard in the garage with the Sears shipping label on it to confirm the rumor that it was a sears house. However, it has had an addition put on among other ugly things inside and we won't ever pursue getting it back to its original self. In my opinion the house is well built, sturdy, level, etc. The layout, lighting, drop ceilings, paneling and the like suck. We have gone back and forth for years as to whether we should remodel or build new. Everybody always gives us the same old line about how we'll spend so much money and still have an old house (so what? old = inferior?). But the problem is we're still PAYING for this house. The fair market value as well as the value we put on the house when we agreed on the price was around $70,000. And we would have the expense of getting rid of it! It had a new roof in about 2004. The basement is low and I think we'd want the house raised. It would almost have to be gutted to get a floorplan that would work for our family.
    Should I get estimates for the work we'd want done and compare to how much it would cost to get rid of the old house and build new? Since you're tearing down (or whatever) the old house don't you kind of just add that value onto the price of your new house and consider it money down the tubes? Is this a no-brainer one way or the other? Has anyone been in this situation? I think hubby would just as soon build new. I have gone back and forth a million times about what to do. Either way it is a daunting task.

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    Default Re: How do you decide whether to build or remodel in MY situation?

    If you've been thinking about this a million times, stop thinking and start demolishing, because I'd say: build new. Why?

    1. Remodel again and again, and you still have an old house, with a floor plan that doesn't meet your needs.

    2. For a little more, and with a smart plan, your building costs won't surpass your remodeling costs by much. Prove it to yourself by collecting estimates for different jobs.

    3. Contractors are still hungry for business and will discount. Well that's true for renovation too, but you'll get bigger discounts for bigger jobs.

    4. One of the drawbacks is of course your new prop tax assessment.

    5. Talk to your mortgage co. about a payoff and/or construction loan, unless you bring in the cash.

    Build new and help the economy. Send pictures and good luck.

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    Default Re: How do you decide whether to build or remodel in MY situation?

    Thanks for your opinion. Definitely some good points.

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    Default Re: How do you decide whether to build or remodel in MY situation?

    I also think it is better to build a new home. Remodeling doesn't work all the time particularly when you have done it a few times.

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    Default Re: How do you decide whether to build or remodel in MY situation?

    Remodeling is always risky if the house is pretty far gone. You could get into it and realize that it is going to be vastly more expensive to renovate than the re-build. You could find rotting floors, termites and code violations.

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    Default Re: How do you decide whether to build or remodel in MY situation?

    If you don't like the floor plan, chances of remodeling and getting what you want is slim or very expensive. I say that as an old house advocate. We remodeled our old house built around 1870. We liked the floor plan and the 100 acres that went with it, and with that much land building new was not a problem. However I will point out that most of the people I know who built their dream house ended up selling it and buying what they really wanted.


    Jack
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