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Steps to Remodeling Your Kitchen



















You don't have to spend a fortune to make your kitchen look like a million bucks. Before you jump in with a sledgehammer and start knocking down your kitchen walls, establish a plan for the kitchen remodel. This might involve the following:

Visit home improvement stores and thumb through remodeling magazines to get an idea of the type of kitchen you want.Plan your kitchen around the style of your home. 

Little looks worse than updating an Old World Craftsman kitchen by adding cherry cabinets and white appliances.

Hire a kitchen designer to draw a design to scale.

Try to incorporate the way your kitchen is presently used. Remember the triangle for sink, stove, refrigerator. Goofy as it sounds, it works.

Buy your cabinets, appliances, flooring, lighting fixtures, sink, faucet, tiles, baseboards and paint in advance; store onsite.

Obtain building permits, if required.

Interview contractors. You may need an electrician, plumber, HVAC contractor, drywaller, painter, flooring and/or tile installer, demolition crew.

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 Demoing the Kitchen

Although you may derive personal satisfaction by smashing into a wall like Kathy Bates in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, or maybe I'm just talking about myself, it's better to employ a systematic approach.

 

  • Remove cabinet doors first. Makes demolition easier for you.
  • Most cabinets are attached to the wall by 2 screws, yes believe it, unscrew them, but make sure you have a plan for holding up the cabinets as you remove the screws..
  • Carefully remove doorway and window trim (if you plan to reuse them) by sliding a putty knife next to the nails and gently tugging, working your way to the corner.
  • Shut off the power, and remove appliances and lighting fixtures that are directly wired; cover exposed wires with wire nuts.
  • Use a crowbar to force sheets of paneling from the walls.
  • Employ a sledgehammer for brute force but do not smash the studs.
  • Recycle old appliances and take everything else to the dump.

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 Replace Dated Kitchen Plumbing

You can hire a general contractor to hire and oversee other workers or you can hire them yourself. Be aware that a general contractor may charge you up to 30% of the total cost of the project to handle it for you, and you might want to use that money for other purposes. However, hiring a general contractor means you are relieved from supervision and chasing after tardy or no-show workers.

Hiring Contractors

Make sure your contractors are licensed, bonded, insured and will pull the necessary permits. Ask for evidence.

Establish a payment plan:

 

  • Pay no more than 10% up front.
  • Pay 50% when the job is 50% completed.
  • Pay the balance upon completion.

Many contractors do not want to work on top of each other and might ask you to schedule them to work on separate days. (Prima donnas, I swear.)

 

Replacing Older Plumbing

If you've always wanted to replace your plumbing, now that the walls are open, this is the perfect time. Here are a few tips:

  • Realize that older plumbing may break and leak. Keep buckets handy to catch water leaks.
  • Be prepared to replace your shutoff valves.
  • Consider running a new gas line if your previous stove was electric.
  • Install a shut-off valve box for the refrigerator.
  • If you don't have a clean-out, put one in.
  • Replace all the plumbing under the sink if it's galvanized.


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Purchasing a residence can be quick and simple, particularly for those who know the ins and outs of the housing market.

At first, navigating the real estate market may seem impossible. Fortunately, homebuyers who consider the right questions before they browse residences can streamline the process of acquiring a house.

There are many key questions for homebuyers to consider prior to entering the housing market, including:

1. Where Do I Want to Live?

When it comes to the real estate market, it is all about location. Thus, you'll want to consider where you want to live and plan accordingly.

For example, if you enjoy the city life, you may want to purchase a house in a major metropolitan area. Or, if you prefer quiet country living, you might pursue houses in small towns.

Consider your current and future living situations as well. If you want to work in a particular city or town, you may want to purchase a nearby home. Or, if you plan to have children in the future, you may want to consider properties near schools.

2. How Much Can I Afford?

Unfortunately, bad credit may hinder your chances of securing your ideal residence. But if you know your credit score, you can work to improve it prior to searching for a house.

You are entitled to a free copy of your credit report annually from each of the three reporting agencies (Experian, TransUnion and Equifax). Request a free copy of your credit report, and you can learn your credit score and find out how it may affect your ability to buy a home.

Also, getting pre-approved for a mortgage may make it easy for you to secure a house that matches your budget. With a mortgage in hand, you'll be able to browse homes within a set price range and find one that you can enjoy for years to come.

3. How Do I Get Started?

Let's face it – the real estate market can be complex, but there are many ways to simplify the process of obtaining the perfect residence.

First, create a list of must-haves for your residence. This list will help you narrow your search and determine exactly what you'd like to find in a dream home.

Don't forget to work with an experienced real estate agent, either. This real estate professional can offer support in many areas and ensure that you can explore a wide range of houses at your convenience.

Your real estate agent will help you set up home showings, submit offers on houses and handle negotiations with home sellers. Plus, if you ever have homebuying concerns or questions, your real estate agent will be ready to respond to your queries immediately.

Employing a real estate agent enables you to get your home search started on the right foot. With a real estate agent at your disposal, you can learn about all aspects of the homebuying process. And as a result, you can streamline the homebuying process and find your dream home quickly and effortlessly.


This Multi-Family in Fall River, MA recently sold for $215,000. This style home was sold by Office Streamline - Streamline Realty Group.


76 Coral St, Fall River, MA 02721

Multi-Family

$229,000
Price
$215,000
Sale Price

3
Units
2,346
Approx. GLA
Newly remodeled three family ideal for owner occupied new front porch and rear deck.new fire escape from the third unit by closing.Plenty of on street parking in the maplewood area. good size back yard.

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156 Kilburn St, Fall River, MA 02724

Multi-Family

$329,900
Price

3
Units
2,850
Approx. GLA
Nice Three Family With Garage. Along with its good size garage, these two bedroom units will surprise you. All units have been totally updated with desirable kitchens w/granite, SS appliances, favorable bathrooms and bedrooms. Full egress for all units. Recently installed roof, electric upgrades and more. Bring in the relatives, a great owner occupied property.
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5 Easy Steps to Buy a Second Home


 

Before setting out to buy a second home, you probably have reservations that are stopping you from making an immediate decision. You might wonder if it's too extravagant, especially if you've grown up with the financial outlook that only rich people buy a second home. When interest rates are low, if you can afford a high-end car payment, you can probably afford a second home; providing you don't go hog wild and are looking for this home in a reasonably priced area.

Step 1: Determine Your Location 

You might assume that deciding on a sales price first is the most important step, and while price carries weight, it is not what always drives the decision to buy a second home. If you've got your heart set on a vacation home on the beach, let's say, on Hawaii Island, for example, you may find it a bit shocking that you cannot buy a single-family home on the water for half a million. If the only place you can afford is near Puna and you don't want to live where it rains a lot, then your search on that island is over. 

Location is the driving factor in real estate. It's why you hear the mantra location, location, location repeated so much. You need to decide if you want to buy a second home within a short distance from your present home or if you will take a train or fly to get there. For the moment, there is no Scotty to beam us up.

How often you plan to use the second home will have a direct bearing on its location.

If it's a getaway house for the weekend, most likely you want this home within an easy commuting distance. If the second home is for a couple of family vacations a year, it can further away or located in another state or country.

Step 2: Determine Type of Home 

The type of home you may choose to buy for a second home could also involve location.

For example, if you're planning to buy a home in the mountains, on the more affordable end are small cabins all the way to high-end ski resort haciendas that can run in the millions. If you want an oceanfront home, situated squarely on the ocean, even a small shack will cost a lot more than you may imagine. The harsh truth is in today's economy you may need to settle instead for an ocean view.

A home in the country is on the bucket list of many people. Maybe you would like a farm or a quiet estate found down a dirt road and behind a locked gate? Or a home on a lake? Or a modular home/manufactured home that you can place on a lot?

Perhaps a condo or townhome is more your style because you might prefer more amenities, less yard work or maintenance. Condos also offer a lock-and-go lifestyle, which makes some absentee owners feel more secure while away from their second home.

Step 3: Determine Your Sales Price 

Buyers who get in over their heads usually either get swept away by the grandeur of it all, or they have failed to establish an upper-end limit, a maximum amount they are willing to pay to buy a second home. Many buyers who want to buy a second home intend to finance that purchase.

Part of the reason to get a mortgage is that it offers tax deductions such as interest and property taxes.

If you intend to finance the purchase, your maximum price might be affected by interest rates, and the amount of your mortgage payment (plus taxes, etc.) may have a greater impact on you than the sales price. One way to figure out if you can afford the mortgage payment is to begin socking away that amount into a savings account every pay period. If it's comfortable and not a strain on your budget, you will most likely be OK down the road, providing you maintain a cushion. Experts recommend at least 6 months of a reserve fund.

If you begin to find there are few homes for sale in the price range you have established, then it is time to revisit steps one and two. You may need to adjust your expectations.

Either choose a different location or a different type of home. You will notice I did not suggest exceeding your budget.

Step 4: Find a Realtor

Not just any Realtor. This is not the time to haul your cousin George out of the cobwebs and ask him to help you to buy a second home. Look for a local real estate agent who represents buyers in the area where you want to buy. A local agent should possess valuable insight and knowledge in the area.

Make sure the agent has completed a sufficient number of transactions and can produce reviews from satisfied clients.

Also, don't make the mistake of thinking the listing agent will have your best interests at heart or that the listing agent will give you a break somehow because that's not how it works. This is not to suggest there are no unethical agents in the business because there are bad agents in the business just like in any other profession, but do you want a bad, unethical agent to represent you in any way, shape or manner? Probably not.

Step 5: Secure a Preapproval Letter 

Your local real estate agent can probably refer a local lender to you. You will fare better with your offer if you use a lender the seller and listing agent are familiar with. You may want to use your own lender back home, but your preferred lender might not lend in that area. And, if an unknown mortgage lender will hurt your chances when submitting an offer, why take that chance?

Many listings agents will advise their clients to reject an offer if it appears without a preapproval letter and there is financing involved. Ask if you can fill out a mortgage application online. You do not need, in most instances, to meet with the mortgage lender in person.


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