Rainy Renovation

Some of you may be wondering why I haven’t posted in a few weeks. Well, not much new has happened. This is the downside of deciding to do outdoor renovations in the Fall and Winter.  Work getting done is subject to the weather and the past several weeks the weather here has been VERY wet!  The rain has turned my yard into a swamp, seriously.  I can’t even get to my wonderfully trimmed citrus orchard now without putting on galoshes and wading through the puddles LOL!  But, that’s the way it goes when you decide to do landscaping in the rainy season I suppose.

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One the plus side, my landscaper has been able to get the new planters in place around the backyard which will add some character and dimension to the yard so it’s not just a big rectangle lawn. The best part of the planters is that our landscaper was incredibly resourceful and was able to re-use the cement mow-strips from the front yard to create the planter areas in the backyard. We love re-purposing, re-using and re-ducing waste so this made us very happy!  He also used a piece of the former walkway that was on the other side of the patio to create a large pass through step in the middle of this planter.  I can’t wait to see what they’ll look like with plants in them, but I guess I’ll just have to wait until it’s a little less wet outside lol.

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The downside of re-using the mow strips from the front yard is that my front yard which had lawn, dead lawn, but none the less, lawn that was covering up the dirt, now looks like this LOL!

My “favorite” part of this muddy renovation is when my big happy dog comes in from outside with his sloppy muddy paws.  It’s just awesome.  Eventually this will all be beautiful yard space (that’s what I keep telling myself at least!)

Landscaping a yard in winter a slow very muddy process, but that’s what you get when you decide to do outdoor projects when it’s wet outside.  Progress is progress, even if it looks like a swamp.

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Demo Before Reno

The Renovation has begun on our home.  When you think renovation, what comes to mind?  A beautiful finished project, or the dust and mess, contractors, hammers, nail guns, noise galore?  Well when I think of renovation, I think of demolition. Before you do the work to make something in your home or outside of your home beautiful, you usually have to rip it all apart first lol.  For some the demolition process is stress relieving, I mean you can save yourself hours of therapy I’m pretty sure by just picking up a sledge hammer and whacking into things.  But you can also cost yourself a bunch of extra money if you don’t know what you’re whacking into!  For others the demo part of renovation is anxiety inducing.  Ripping into a perfectly fine wall to expose who knows what issues beneath.  But with renovation comes demolition.  They go hand in hand.

The fun part of demolition is that is usually happens relatively quickly.  Then you’re left to live in the wake of torn up sheet-rock, dust, insulation, nails, dust, pipes, more dust, etc.  For us Demo day started week before last.  I actually didn’t even know we had begun until I got home from work one day, walked through the house and saw this.

To clarify, we had decided to open up the enclosed back patio, I just didn’t realize the work was starting that day.  We hired a friend of ours to take down the walls to the covered patio returning it to it’s original post and beam covered patio status.  My husband arranged for our friend to start working on it that week, but didn’t remember to relay that information to me, lol.  For some, walking into a demo zone would freak you out, but for me, a huge smile spread across my face, I jumped up and down in excitement and took this picture and texted it excitedly to my husband.  I may have issues, but that’s beside the point. Demo had begun!  The reason I love demo so much is that you get to see immediate change.  All of the hours and tossing around ideas and potential plans are put into action!

Now you may be wondering, why would you rip open a perfectly fine enclosed patio?  Let me give you several reasons.  First of all, the previous owners enclosed the covered patio on their own, and not very well.  The walls didn’t go to the edge of the slab so water seeps in under the walls.  Walls that have electricity run to them.  Water and electricity, not a good mix.  Second of all, I don’t think whoever enclosed the patio thought it through first.  I see this a LOT as a Realtor.  People enclose a patio thinking it will give them extra living space but more often than not it just creates an odd mostly unusable room that it either too hot or too cold or both.  In our case, the sun faces the patio during the heat of the day, and there was no heating or air ducting run to the enclosed patio room, so it was basically a giant useless hot box.  To top it off, our dryer vent vents into the patio area, so not only was a hot, it was humid and dusty.  It also wasn’t added with permits.  Why does that make a difference you might ask?  Well, if you’re a home owner and you’re truly wanting to add value by adding square footage to your home, having the area permitted so that the County Records reflect that added square footage is the way to go in my opinion.  You will pay a little more in property taxes if they reassess your property because of the permits, but you’ll be gaining value by having square footage that you can actually claim (and is added correctly) if you ever decide to sell your home.

Back to our giant hot box/enclosed patio.  This is what it looked like when we bought the home.  A long narrow room that cut off the view to the backyard.  Trust me, these pictures make it it look better than it actually was.  The functionality of the room was just not there.  You can see by the staining on the floor where the water used to come in, and even though there were windows and fans, there was very very little air circulation.

The thing with renovation is that it can be a little scary for some.  You’re taking something that is mostly usable and making it unusable for a while.  It always gets worse before it gets better.  Sheetrock comes down quickly, but the outside of our enclosed patio was entirely stuccoed, and stucco does not come down so easily.  Our friend ended up using a diamond blade to cut the stucco into pieces to remove it.  We needed the posts and beam across the top that were the original covered patio to stay intact, so he couldn’t just go bashing down all of the walls, he had to take it down piece by piece.  Here’s our patio after a couple of days of demolition.

If you’re looking at these pictures and thinking, wow, that doesn’t look that dirty, you’re absolutely right!  Our friend is amazing at cleaning up after himself when he’s done for the day.  I can’t say that’s true of all contractors, so if you hire someone to do demo for you, make sure you’re clear with them what you expect.  We still needed to be able to access our yard through the patio since our dog goes out there, so he was fantastic about picking up anything that could be a hazard to the dog.

A few more days in and it looked like this!

Just taking the walls down made the whole yard feel bigger, plus we gained about a foot and a half of usable space on the patio because the person who enclosed it built the walls in line with the posts.  So a foot of cement past the posts and 6 inches of wall where the posts are made for a small narrow enclosed room.  Now it’s a spacious wide open 40 ft long covered patio!

And here is it in it’s current state.  All of the walls are down, stucco is off and insulation is out!  You even get a camo of Bear, our Golden Retriever 🙂

Now you may be thinking, um Christina, it looks worse that it did as an enclosed patio.  You’re not wrong.  It’s looks worse in it’s current state.  But this won’t be the finished product.  Let me share my vision for this space with you, dream with me for a minute if you will.  Picture shiplap on the ceiling (Jo Gaines and I are like BFF’s if you didn’t know, lol, just kidding), but seriously shiplap running horizontally across the entire ceiling.  We’ll be keeping the ceiling fans, not THOSE ceiling fans, but we’ll get some nice outdoor ceiling fans and we’re having the electrical for them rerouted to the house since the electrical was run to the exterior walls that came down.  The roof will be replaced when we do the addition to the front of the house and we may do a metal roof for the covered patio.  For the posts that come down, the bottom 1/3 of them or so will be getting wrapped with a stacking stone of some sort and trimmed out to look more substantial and much more attractive than they currently are.

I know you’re anxious for some before and after pictures! Ready?!  Ok, here you go. . . .

Look past the mess and you’ll see why we opened up this room and one of the reasons why we bought this house.  See that canyon view back behind the house in the bottom picture there?  That was completely blocked off by the enclosed patio and also by some trees that were there that we’ve taken down.  We now have a wide open usable patio and in that dirt section back there, there will be a pool.  Potential.  That’s why we bought this house, for the potential is has and the amazing yard it will have.

The demo has began, walls are down and our patio is now a usable space. We’ve already enjoyed sitting out there almost every evening this week, enjoying the cool breeze (that we can feel now that the walls are gone)  a glass of wine, a few games of Cornhole and taking in the view that we can now see (once we look past the insulation lol). That’s the thing with renovation, it’s a process, sometimes a very loooooooooooong process, but in the end it’s (almost always lol) worth it!  If you’re in the middle of a renovation or plan to do one in the future, don’t forgot to enjoy the in between part of the process.  It doesn’t have to be finished to be fun.  If you’re going to live in it and through it, you might as well enjoy it!

 

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Location, Location, Renovation

You’ve probably heard the phrase “location, location, location” when it comes to Real Estate and it couldn’t be more true.  Location plays a HUGE role in a home buyers choice and for my family it was our top priority.  You can change a home through renovations, but you can’t change your location. . .unless you plan to pick up the house and move it.  When we were searching for a new home a lot of our friends, family and acquaintances thought we were crazy for wanting to move.  We had a beautiful home that we had just finished updating and it was located in a highly desirable area of Paradise.  Our home had incredible curb appeal, beautiful views of the canyon and was quite picturesque.  But for us, it just wasn’t home.  I honestly didn’t realize it until we moved, but the entire time we lived there, we felt like we were living in someone else’s house.  After we moved we came to the realization that it was the location that made it feel that way.  Even though our previous home was in a highly desirable part of town, it didn’t end up being the location that worked best for us, for our families lifestyle.

(This is the home our friends and family still think we’re a bit crazy for selling)

(And this is our new home, the one we’ll be ripping apart and renovating over the next several months LOL)

Our old house was in a very nice part of Paradise.  It was also a 30 minute drive for my husband to get to work everyday.  Now for some of you who live in the City, that sounds like nothing I’m sure.  But we don’t live in the City, and the 1 hour round trip commute for him was exhausting, for both of us.  I don’t mind having to commute as my job is driving people around to look at properties all over the place, so the placement on the map in relation to my office wasn’t as important to me.  We decided that it was a priority for us to find a home that was much closer to my husbands work so our home search took us to the next town over, Chico.  We are also very involved in our church which is also located in Chico.  For us, all arrows pointed to Chico as our desired location.  Our new home is actually situated in between Paradise and Chico, close to my husbands work and only about 3 minutes further for me that our previous home to my office!  The kids even get to finish this school year at their school in Paradise which has been an incredible Elementary school for them these past several years.

Another thing that was important for us when choosing a location was a flat usable lot.  Our previous home was on a sloped lot, with a million oak trees.  Okay, not a million, more like 30, but 30 oak trees equals a million leaves.  This time around we wanted a flat lot with no oak trees; somewhere that we could have a large flat lawn for the kids to play on and where we could plant a garden.  We could not have a garden at our last house because our overly friendly neighborhood deer thought that anything we planted was their own personal buffet. Our new home has almost an acre of flat land.  We don’t really have “lawns” yet, but starting in the next week or two the project of installing a functioning sprinkler system and sprawling lawns will begin!  The chore of raking leaves is gone and now the kids and my husband argue about who gets to mow the grass on the new riding lawn mower.  They also like to see how can drive it the fastest LOL.

On the flip-side we also loved watching wildlife come through our yard at our previous location.  We had all sorts of critters, from deer to wild turkeys and even a bear. The kids especially enjoyed watching the wildlife and I was worried after our move that we would really miss that part of our previous location.  Lucky for us, we were greeted by 13 turkeys in our front yard during our first week at our new house, and about 50 quail live in a couple of the trees in our yard, as well as a trillion tiny lizards that are constantly running around the property.  So all in all I think we’re good on the wildlife front.

We also have a bunch of fruit trees at our new property.  We’ve discovered at least 10 different citrus trees, some of which we haven’t even figured out what they are yet.  So far we know we have Meyers lemons, tangerines, oranges, kumquats, grapefruits and Key limes as well as an avocado tree, peach tree and pomegranate tree.  The fruit trees were one of the things our kids were most excited about when we first looked at this house.  They were fine with a smaller house and smaller bedrooms if we had fruit trees LOL. We also have a large area in our backyard that will be the future site of a garden.

(Our first grapefruit from our own trees!)

When it comes down to it, for us the phrase “location, location, location” means a whole lot more than just where a house is located.  The priority of location meant finding a home and property where our family could be happy; with space to run and play, laugh and make memories.  With land to garden and lawns to play football on.  With a neighborhood we not only felt comfortable in, but felt at home in.  We were fortunate enough to find an amazing location that we absolutely LOVE.  Not only did we find a property close to both of our jobs so we spend less time commuting to and from our home and more time enjoying being home, we also found a large flat lot in a neighborhood that we love.  Our neighbors are all amazing.  One of them even came over the day we were moving in and greeted us with fresh homemade fig bars with figs from their tree and several of our neighbors have come over and welcomed us to the neighborhood.  Our road is a large loop and our kids adore riding bikes all over the neighborhood.  Even our dog loves our new location and gets to run freely around the large backyard.  Our home and yard will be going through a huge transformation as we renovate, but the renovation of our personal lives has already begun.  Sappy but true. We have found “home” for us (even if we will be tearing it apart it the near future!).

 

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I’m a full time wife, mom and Real Estate Agent and I blog about the real dirty honest stuff about renovation; like what living through a house being torn apart is actually like, the real costs of upgrading, DIY vs hiring it out, etc.  If you like what you’ve read, follow this blog to receive an email with each new post!

 

Design Time: The first stage of a Home Addition

Yesterday was so much fun! I had the opportunity to act as designer with our Architects and design our new floor plan!  With the renovation at our old house, all of the work was cosmetic: floors, paint, adding some cabinets here and there, but no walls to be added or removed, so an Architect was never needed.  With our new home, we have a general plan of what we want to do to the house, but it requires the work of an Architect as we are doing an addition to the front of the house and modifying our roof line.  These are designs I can see in my head and do my best to describe but I’m pretty sure our contractor can’t see the designs I see in my head, so we need someone to put them to paper. . .enter the Architects.  Meeting with the Architects felt like the first real step towards our Renovation project.  It was also the first time I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with an Architect and was such an educational (and fun!) experience.  We worked for two hours at our new house taking our current floor plan and modifying it to be what will hopefully be our new floor plan (I’m sure there will be some tweaking along the way).

The first 15 minutes of our meeting went something like this:  introductions (as we had never met except over the phone), walking around the house inside and out, me showing them a few picture ideas of what we like and then describing what we’d like to do and then they started with their Architect magic.  One of them started taking measurements of each of the rooms with his laser measuring tool while the other one entered the measurements into his design program on his laptop, immediately creating a rough birds-eye floor plan of our house.  It was really cool.

(when I texted my husband this picture he said it resembled “Centipede” more than our house design, lol.  Silly husband, that’s why I’m doing the designing 😉  )

Ignore the top thing in this picture but this is our current floor plan (though very rough) for the middle section of our house that we will be focusing on renovating.  The section to the left of the screen is where our bedrooms, master and guest bath and laundry room are.  Those are not being modified at this time.  The section to the right of the screen is the garage.  The big middle lower rectangle in the screen is our current living and kitchen area (and a guest bath behind the kitchen).  The square to the top left of that is our current Family Room, the rectangle to the right of that is our Entry, the next section is our Dining Room and the small rectangle is my favorite room in the house right now. . .my giant pantry.

Once all of this information was entered into the design program the real magic began.  With one click here and one swipe there the Architects started taking down walls and moving rooms around.  I wish it was that easy and fast in real life LOL.  All of the walls between the family room, dining room and living room are coming down. BIG OPEN FLOOR PLAN.  They added our current kitchen format to the drawing so we can see it, but we’ll be completely remodeling the kitchen as well.  Next we started adding walls for the addition.  At first we thought we would just extend the current family room, close a portion of it off and make that an office. We also planned to extend the Entry Way and add a sitting room area in front of the Dining Room.  After we got it all on paper though, we realized that designed that way it really didn’t optimize the space, and made the front of the house very flat on the exterior which is not a look we wanted.

After walking around the outside of the front of the house a few more times and some creative thinking, we decided to shuffle the rooms of our addition around.  So what was going to be the office is now going to be a window seat area of the Great Room and what was going to be the sitting room by the Dining room is now going to be a much larger much more functional Office!  Plus there will be an Entry with a raised ceiling and a covered front patio area with roof lines that will be creatively tied into our existing roof.  It was truly amazing how much creativity, thinking, rethinking and designing it took to add around 300 square feet and a proper entry to our house while also making the front of the house look amazing, and not like it’s an addition.  The most challenging part in my opinion was making the addition not look like an addition on the exterior of the house.  We are purposefully setting part of the addition back from the front so the house is not flat, and recessing the entry a bit so that it adds even more dimension.  The large covered patio is going to be biggest change to the front of the house I think and I can’t wait to see a drawing of the proposed front in detail!

All in all yesterday was VERY educational and fun.  I love getting to be creative and the  opportunity to have a hand in designing my house made me want to get my Architectural degree a bit, except for the part about having to go to school to learn how to be an Architect.  So I think I’ll just play designer on my house and let the Architects and contractors do their jobs LOL.

Something else I learned yesterday that is NOT so fun is the realistic timelines that come with home renovation.  We won’t get an actual finished drawing from our Architect to submit to the County (our house is on County property, not City) until around the first week of October and it takes the County around 6 weeks to approve the plans. Add at least another month to that time frame just for approvals and then add your construction time on top of that.  And for us, that construction time will now be happening during Fall and Winter, and that means most likely add some weather delays to that as well.  So all of you who love to watch design shows on TV like me, now you know that a six week time frame from design to finish is NOT realistic.  TV contractors and designers have already submitted their plans and had them approved before the shows even begin.  Also, in a hot Real Estate market like we’re in right now, expect even more delays.  More people are renovating and building which means longer time frames for finding Architects and Contractors who are available to do the work and getting approvals from County or City can take longer as well. I called several Architects before connecting with ours. Two of them were not taking new clients and two of them were over a month out before they could even meet me for a consulting appointment.  So if you’re planning on renovating let me give you a tip; take your estimated time frame that you’ve created in your brain and multiply it by 3 or 4 times that length.  Then you might be closer to the actual time it will take for your renovation.

All in all I’m glad we ended up with the Architects we are working with, even if they weren’t our first call.  Not all Architects would take 2 hours out of their day to let me play designer with them.  It was an amazing experience and I look forward to watching the digital drawing become the addition to our home!

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The Skinny on Stainless Appliances

If you’ve ever shopped for appliances then you know that the options seem endless.  Just take refrigerators for example.  There are French door refrigerators, Side-by-side refrigerators, freezer on top refrigerators, freezer on bottom refrigerators, not to mention all of the extra options that come for each of these styles, like door in door french door options, or french door with a refrigerator drawer option, or TV in the door option or ice maker in the door vs in the fridge option, or dual ice-maker option or no ice maker at all option, or. . . you get the point.   Some of the options are quite ridiculous if you ask me, I mean, unless my fridge can do the grocery shopping and cook dinner for me, then I don’t think my fridge needs to have WiFi or an App, but I digress. The reason I know all of these options is because we had to buy a new refrigerator for our new house because we left our old one with the home that we sold.

As I shopped for our new fridge I had to take quite a few things into consideration because our current kitchen will be remodeled in the nearish future, so I needed a refrigerator that would work for us now, but would also fit into our new kitchen design once it is complete.  We also knew what options we liked and didn’t like from our previous fridge, and those options just come down to personal preference really.  For us, our old fridge was a french door style with the ice maker in the fridge and an extra refrigerator drawer above the freezer drawer.  After using that fridge for almost 5 years we realized we REALLY didn’t like the ice maker in the fridge because it takes up a lot of space.  Our new fridge has the ice maker in the fridge door and we LOVE IT! Regained the space in the fridge for storage but still have ice in the door!  We also didn’t like the refrigerator drawer option, it seemed to take up space not give extra space and we often found ourselves having to open that and then open the fridge doors to find what we were looking for.  So this time we chose a fridge that had a large drawer inside the refrigerator section so I can still put large trays in my refrigerator, but don’t loose space with an extra large exterior drawer.  But again, those sorts of design options just come down to personal preference.

The biggest thing I knew I wanted was FINGERPRINT RESISTANT Stainless Steel.  Whoever decided that the name “stainless steel” was an accurate description needs to have their eyes checked, seriously, the title stainless steel has to be the most deceptive title EVER!  If you’ve never owned a Stainless Steel appliance let me tell you a little something, STAINLESS STEEL IS NOT STAINLESS. Stainless steel shows every little mark, fingerprint, water spot, everything.  It looks nice and shiny and clean for all of 5 minutes after you take the protective plastic off of your new appliance and then your sweet dear child (or husband) walks by and rubs their grubby little hand across the front of your beautiful stainless appliance and it’s covered in smudges for the rest of it’s days.  But Stainless is the modern trend, so what do you do about it?  Well, some companies are now making a Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel and let me tell you, it’s amazing!!!  We opted for a Maytag Refrigerator with the Fingerprint Resistant finish and is truly lives up to it’s name.  Not one smudge on it and we’ve been using it for almost 2 weeks now!  Not all companies make this finish though and that was something we discovered in our fridge search.

You’ll also want to know that not all Stainless Steel finishes are the same color.  “Stainless Steel” is a generic term but does not look the same in all brands.  It’s like saying you have a Red shirt.  There are many shades of red.  There are also many “shades” of stainless steel.  That is a very important piece of information to know if you are buying appliances at different times or if you opt for various brands.  Some brands have a lighter and brighter looking Stainless Steel finish than others.  Some are more shiny and others have a more matte look to them.  And then you have your specialty finishes, like Black Stainless, which are even MORE brand specific.  If you are opting for a specialty finish like a Black Stainless and you want your appliance finishes to match, be prepared to buy all of your appliances in the same brand and model style.  For some this isn’t a problem, like if you’re buying the whole appliance suite (fridge, dishwasher, stove top, oven, etc.) at the same time.  But many of you are like myself, upgrading once appliance at a time.  We only needed to buy a refrigerator right now because we will be remodeling our entire kitchen and will be upgrading our other appliances at that point, but we needed a fridge right now because well, people apparently want to eat in my house.  Our current appliances do not match. They are all Stainless, but they are all different brands and so all vary just a bit in color and sheen and all have different handles as you can see.

If you’re like me and you end up upgrading your appliances at varying times, then there are some other things you might also want to consider before you buy.  Other than the Stainless color, you’ll want to consider your handle options.  Each brand seems to have it’s own style of handle for it’s appliances.  They generally keep the same handle or a very similar handle for all of their appliances in a certain model style.  Also, and this is important, companies update their handle styles from time to time!  So if you buy say a Whirlpool Fridge this year and then plan to buy a Whirlpool stove next year, the handles may not match, even though they’re the same brand.  This was something I learned during our fridge buying process. Another thing to consider is that some companies do not make all appliances in the same model style, or certain appliances may be harder to come by (which usually means more money).  For instance, I came across a gorgeous refrigerator in a slate color that I loved, but quickly discovered that the wall oven in the same color wasn’t readily available so was very expensive to get.  I also discovered that this company had discontinued the unique slate color appliance line (this information wasn’t on any of their websites, I found out from our local appliance store), so even if I was able to find the oven I wanted, if one of my appliances needed to be replaced in the future, finding a replacement would be extremely challenging if not impossible.

Another thing you’ll want to consider is where to buy your appliances from.  There are so many options, from local mom and pop stores to big box stores to technology stores or even online.  I’m a hands on kinda girl so I could never buy an appliance online without being able to open it up and look inside and test drawers and stuff first.  We decided to buy our fridge from a local hometown store rather than a big box store, for a few reasons.  First of all, local stores are usually well educated on all of their appliances.  In fact, they were the ones who told me about the handle options and let me know that the brand we opted for had just updated their handles so before I checked out, they made sure that the fridge we wanted was the most updated version.  Another reason we went with a local store, and perhaps the most important reason for me was their excellent customer service.  With soooooooo many appliance options, I had a lot of questions, and I needed someone who had answers, knew what they were talking about and treated  me well.  I mean, we’re talking about potentially spending thousands of dollars on an appliance, so the person selling it to me better know what they’re talking about.  A bit of a tangent here but customer service is HUGE to me, probably because it’s such a large part of my job, but also because it seems to be lacking in so many industries today, so if you provide excellent customer service, you win my business.

If you’re wondering how much you’re going to spend on a shiny new stainless steel appliance, well, that’s all over the board depending on what kind of appliance you’re in need of, what brand, what model level (each brand usually has several models varying in price) and what finish.  The specialty finishes, like black stainless, can sometimes cost you a bit more depending on the brand.  Our refrigerator came in at just under $2400 delivered and installed.  That sounds like a lot of money, because it is, but it’s also an investment.  It’s going to stand the time of the Stainless Trend, it has the features we absolutely wanted and no extra frills (which are usually just one more thing that can break) is FINGERPRINT RESISTANT (YAY!!!!), is a brand that has excellent reviews and stands by their products, we will be able to match our other appliances to it when we remodel our kitchen and, mostly importantly, it keeps our food cold LOL!

So if you’re still wondering if Stainless is the way to go, from a Realtor’s perspective, YES! Home buyers prefer a home with Stainless Steel appliances. And from a Home owners perspective? YES, just make sure you’re well educated in the options and choose the stainless that’s best for you!

 

CalBRE #01984572

I’m a full time wife, mom and Real Estate Agent and I blog about the real dirty honest stuff about renovation; like what living through a house being torn apart is actually like, the real costs of upgrading, DIY vs hiring it out, etc.  If you like what you’ve read, follow this blog to receive an email with each new post!