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Old wive's expressions...or does the professional that fixes things, build things not have time to work on houton maine real estate home,andrew mooershis own because no cash coming in?

Is it because he is not "on the clock" when he does? As for real estate brokers, what about their own homes? Do they flit, flip, float and are not in one place long enough to really make that house a home? Or is their home a castle Victorian, a rolling horse farm spread, a sea coast or lakeshore dream setting because they get the pick of the pack, best of the bunch, cream of the crop? I live 32' from where I work on 69 North Street, Houlton Maine.

     When I look at my own home, it's easy to know what the next project is. As a realtor, I also know if I was selling what would be a windfall for the cost to perform/return ratio and what is diminishing returns. But you have to live there and we all know at least 1.5% of the home's value has to be plowed back in to keep the real estate flywheel turning strongly. Repairs now save money later too.

In my own case, the second floor bathroom is the spot for the next effort like the one where everyone crowds around the Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

It screams harvest gold, mid 70's every day when shaving, brushing my teeth, hopping in and out of the shower.

     I'm lucky to have the oldest son who is a junior in college in DC be pretty talented with a hammer and saw. He has worked for a local contractor the last three summers and in between semester breaks. So with his younger brother, myself, there is my labor, inspiration to tackle the bath during Christmas break. So now is the time to email back and forth to prepare for the operation, to shop for materials, to watch for sales. To dream about what the new bath looks like, to dread the tear out and wondering if now is the time with extended summer weather to sloosh the old out the window rather than mid winter in Maine.

     On your own home..what is the next project begging for attention, a portion of your wallet and creativity? A new energy efficient furnace, replacement of some windows, added insulation with winter a few calendar pages away? Or is the kitchen worn out, ready to have the heave ho? Personally, as a real estate professional that gives advice on what the seller needs to do or not do and pointers on how to do it efficiently, elegantly without the costs and who the local professionals are to get the job done, what about your home? On your own home front, what's up, what are you up to on the inside/outside in your own four walls these days? And should you do it yourself?

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Comment balloon 6 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • September 14 2009 07:06AM


Andrew, I have seen this so many times. One reason I am not selling now, I need to do too many updates to make my home marketable.

I know of a landscaper here, he has done many homes for the Tigers baseball teams and other high end homes in our area. I drive by his home quite a bit on my drive to the office. Very true what you are saying.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 11 years ago

Andrew, my house is less than 5 years old. Since we moved in, we added 2 stone patios, a stone firepit, a lower deck that's 12' x 30', a small water feature fountain/pond with fish, whole house water filtration system, professionally finished out the basement, added a sauna, cedar closet, full spa bath with tumbled marble, new sod, all new landscaping and ceiling fans in all the bedrooms. We just had the exterior trim repainted 2 months ago. We even added rubber floor mats to the garage to keep the whole house clean. Other than that, there is nothing else to do.

So we have it back on the market now. We move every 2 to 4 years. Our last move was literally 12 houses up the street. Everything we do is for resale.  We were out looking at homes yesterday and resale is at the top of my mind along with enjoying our home while we live there.

Posted by Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL (Keller Williams on the Water) about 11 years ago

I think when you flip the sheet over the clipboard and start the list of "this is worth doing, this is not" after knowing the budget, time constraints, I always think my own home would need tweaking before putting it on the market. I feel a little guilty making work that would get the place into shape for the seller when my own has the same areas begging for attention. Thanks ladies for stopping in..have another homemade molasses sugared donut and coffee to get your Monday rolling smoothly!

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 11 years ago

Lets face it, if you don't have anything that NEEDS to be done, you will create things that need to be done when it comes to your home. Or at least that is the way I see it through my wife's eyes!LOL

Posted by Rick Cordisco, Pocono Real Estate Professional (Pocono Mountain Lakes Realty ) about 11 years ago

Hey, Andrew. Good post!

My cabin was built for a "fixed" price. Anything that I wanted to deviate from, I paid the difference to upgrade. Rather than finish the whole house with the contractor's allowances for flooring, counters, fixtures etc., I chose to upgrade on the first floor from laminate to hardwood flooring, from Formica to solid countertops, nicer floor vents, better faucets etc. etc.

That meant NOT finishing the upstairs so we've had plywood on the floors up there, luan on the walls and Tyvek covering the insulation overhead, with a bathroom "stubbed out." That's been my "sanctum sanctorum," where I do all of my real estate work with computer, printer, scanner, filing cabinet, bookcase. I put a lace curtain on the window as a joke because it's like putting a dress on a pig.

But TODAY, a load of pine will be delivered and TOMORROW, work commences on the upstairs. Have I hired someone to do it or will we do it ourselves, you ask.  Oh, no, Mr. Man, I wouldn't want to chip my nail polish!

Posted by Leslie Helm, Real Estate For Trail Riders (Tennessee Recreational Properties) about 11 years ago

Hi Andrew, Good post. Thanks for sharing.

Best - Sash

Posted by Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate (RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd.) about 11 years ago

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