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Remodeling......Research...First things First !

       If you are considering a kitchen remodeling project or ANY remodeling project...my First piece of advice is to make a list of everything ...appliance, feature, material....that you think you want to include. remodelingSecondly research those products, brands, materials and make sure that "pretty is as pretty does" before buying or installing the product/appliance.  Thirdly...if you are using outside contractors.....the plumber, electrician, HVAC specialist,...what is their experience...have they worked with this kind of material...how many years of successful experience do they have....do not use strictly on line reputations. On line is often an outlet for people to complain..they are out to ruin whoever they believe "did them wrong."  

   Do your homework...Let contractors make suggestions...not decisions.... !  In our experience both in building and remodeling....we always do our own homework FIRST. If you allow a contractor to do all the suggesting as to materials, style, design, brand, etc. without your researched input...you get THEIR remodeled room...not yours. HomeworkYou may miss the appliance or appliance features you really would have enjoyed...or the style of woodwork....the material used for the flooring....Contractors recommend what they know...and that may well not be your best choice...your taste....you have given them the power of your decision....Invest the time in the homework.

    Go to retailers...wholesalers.....research materials, brands, designs on line...ask people you know who have done remodeling projects recently what things, materials, contractors, they would recommend ....be the Boss...you are going to live with the ultimate results ! Field trip Make a list of field trips you want to take to get that "live and in person" look at the things you will be purchasing...it is FUN....and a great way to break up the day...we sometimes took lunch time..Saturday morning...after "hours" (whenever that is) and made the time to see what we thought we wanted .....and have never regretted for a minute....the time it took....the exposure we got....and what we learned. 

   Too busy The "I don't have time ...I trust the contractor/designer" excuse may well get you the room/rooms that THEY envision...are more familiar with...but it may not be what you would have chosen if you had been an  active participant.  Go get an education on your remodeling investment....enjoy !

   If you are looking for Realtors who have had MANY kinds of experience...including designing, building, remodeling, buying and selling...a well rounded real estate education is yours in service from Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Keller Williams Realty in southeastern Wisconsin

Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS

Sally K. & David L. Hanson  

6 commentsSally K. & David L. Hanson • March 01 2015 05:01AM
Remodeling… Research… First things First
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If you are considering a kitchen remodeling project or ANY remodeling project… my First piece of advice is to make a list of everything.. appliance, feature, material… that you think you want to include. Secondly research those products,… more
Today IS the Day…
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I have always found when you put things in writing… it makes you committed to making them happen… and remembering them. In college, the things I was most likely to forget, always got written down… for subjects that were not my favorites… more
Celebrate St. Pat's with Matty in New Berlin
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St. Patrick's Day is great cause for Celebration in southeastern Wisconsin… Green beer flows from many taps in the area and a variety of entertainment accompanies the celebrations… You can find Green Eggs and ham served instead of the usual bar… more
Oh Faux Goodness Sake… Great Eye/Wall Candy
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As we continue through our update/redecorate decor… Yes I will get those pictures of the kitchen done soon… maybe even get a video… We get distracted by doing other rooms in the house and making use of faux painting techniques. While our… more
"The Bank wants LOTS of information… " said the short sale Sellers
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We are seeing a resurgence in short sales in our market. Our initial meeting includes a very comprehensive folder of information for their reference and review. This is a confusing and upsetting time and this mini-library provides them with some… more
Defect or Warranty Give New Products/Appliances Careful Examination
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If you purchase a new appliance… have new carpeting put in… replace your… remodel your… update your… be sure that after… or in some cases, depending on item/project… During the installation… you do a very careful inspection … more
It is Chilly… Soooo See What's Chili at the Chili Cook Off March 1st
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On March 1st ioin us from 11am-4pm and sample chili from over 50 different restaurants as we all compete in the 13th Annual WMSE Rockabilly Chili Cook Off! Live music, great beer and a children's activity area will be available. The… more
"I'll just re-list it as a short sale… " said the Agent
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People in our market… from judges and attorneys to brokers, agents and Sellers… know that short sales are a part of our practice. There is a resurgence of these listings recently and calls come almost daily with questions… and prospective… more
New Berlin FUNd Raiser… Mmmm Wine & Dine
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Wine and beer tasting,… keep a commemorative glass… win prizes and benefit the city's police department all at the same time on March 21st… what could be better An opportunity to help the community… an evening filled with "adult beverages… more
What is a DRY Closing
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Some agents, buyers, sellers, lenders may never have experienced a "dry closing". That means that you were lucky enough to have lenders that could read a calendar and plan ahead for things like national holidays when banks are closed and had… more
It's Wine-tertainment at Matty's Bar
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Matt Anderson knows that winters can mean "house tra phobia"… too much cold and not enough fun… and we know that Spirit… be those we drink or the fun of going to Matty's Bar is what Matt Anderson is all about… lucky for us This… more
If you want to "Sell" a Listing… We won' t be your Buyers
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The great debate will continue for eternity… whether or not to take a listing where the Seller names the price… one picked from thin air… one that means he has "the right amount of profit" for another plan or purchase… that represents the… more
It's an Ethics Violation… Now Follow thru and Report it
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There are two sides to every story… more than one view of a blog… more than one legal opinion… " a right" way to do things… and yet… in our own industry… how often do these violations… real or imagined… go unpunished Our guess is… more
"The Buyer Reserves the Right to call this Offer Null and Void. "
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Short sales will never disappear from the real estate landscape completely,… there is an ebb and flow with the economy that prevents their complete extinction in addition to the hardships that sometimes are part of the paths in life. … more
Go Jump in the Lake (In Waukesha County that is… )
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While the weather is still a bit on the chilly side and the lakes are being used for skating and ice fishing… it isn't too early to begin your search for the home you always wanted on a lake in Waukesha county. They range in size from… more
Are you REALLY benefiting from ActiveRain
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If you occasionally comment… write a blog here and there… repeat statistics… tell jokes and never get to know anyone who is a member of this community… to us, you have missed the greatest benefit. If you haven't gotten to know the… more
Cork Kitchen Flooring… How Do We LOVE Thee Sooo Many Ways
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As "veterans" in real estate and have built and remodeled… one of our first tasks is to research the options… narrow our choices… research brands and reputation and decide on a vendor. We had maple floors… for us… too much… more
If you Prefer to Refer… Ask and Research First
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We got a call from a Seller who said that Agent TomDickHarry had referred her to us. It was a short sale.. in an area we don't really service… and she had already done some things we would have told her not to do. I had to tell her that if she… more
Be a Pro… List Pro-actively
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Sometimes there are conditions in a home that a Seller cannot afford to or does not address. This is especially true of course in short sales where money is beyond short supply. In can also be the situation when there is an estate and any expense… more
Mmmm… A Whole New Meaning for Coffee…
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Yes,… I will do a video of our new kitchen and show you the features… I will.. I will.. the reason I have not… we have one little adjustment… we have a double oven and a warming drawer on one wall. After installation… whoops… the only… more