Six Things to Remember When Renovating in San Diego

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Plan ahead. People don’t plan to fail. They fail to plan! Plan everything, including time, cost, and more. It’s better to be proactive than reactive.

Overestimate your cost. Don’t cap your budget too low when renovating. Some appliances might require a larger investment for exceptional quality.

Consider all loan options. Sometimes, a line of credit or home equity line will be better than refinance. The opposite also applies. There are other available directions, such as cashing out. Figure out the best for your situation.

Get quotes from three licensed contractors. Don’t rely on one client! Understand the market and talk to multiple vendors. This could save you thousands of dollars alone. Additionally, ensure their license is still active.

Stick to the plan. Don’t overindulge! It’s easy to get caught in the mix and overspend. For instance, a relative might offer unsolicited advice and pressure you to spend more. Don’t give in.

Overestimate your time frame. It never hurts to have time left over. Don’t plan in a short period of time; you’ll run out of time quickly.

If you have any questions about renovations or anything else real estate related, feel free to reach out by phone or email. I’d be happy to serve your real estate needs!

Avoid These Mistakes When Buying New Construction Properties

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As a San Diego Realtor, I often see buyers make the same common mistakes. Today, we'll review the most frequent ones I notice in the surrounding area that could otherwise be easily dodged and avoided.
  1. You don’t hire a real estate professional. Recently, I had a client towards the East Coast call me before beginning their property search. They knew I had insight on the San Diego market, so they came to me prior to taking any further steps. Realtors particularly understand local markets to help you purchase new property with your best interests in mind.

  2. You don’t read the fine print. Agreements are long and extensive. Buyers often overlook HUD, Homeowners Associations, and other details. You need to understand all the terms and conditions with your agreement, and a Realtor can help you review everything.

  3. You plan poorly. Know when you should be closing escrow, moving out of your current home or rental, and hiring the movers. Again, a professional can walk you through this timeline and create one personalized for your situation.

If you have any questions about this topic or buying in the San Diego area, I’d be happy to help! Make it a powerful day!