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We all know about the age-old dilemma: new homes vs. remodeled homes. If you’re finding yourself standing at the crossroads of choosing between a fresh start in a brand-new residence or taking the remodeled route to your current residence, these resources will help you in that decision. The articles on this page help dissect the variances between your most asked questions, such as: Is it better to build a new home or remodel? Is it cheaper to remodel or buy a new home? Do more people buy a new home or remodel their current one?

What are things to consider when buying a new house?

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
things to consider when buying a new build house

What are some important things to consider when buying a house? – Well, that is a loaded question with unlimited topics. First, consider the conditions that are prompting the move. Is it a job transfer? Have the kids moved to a new school district? Are you considering downsizing? The list is endless. Make a list…

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How Do I Find a Designer?

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
find a house designer

In considering a building addition or remodel, or perhaps a new home, one of the first steps in pursuit of your dream is finding a design team capable of capturing your thoughts and vision.  Surely you have ideas of your wants and needs!  These ideas must be provided to your design team to help in…

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How do I plan a remodel of my house?

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
how to plan a house remodel

So, you are tired of your house and are considering a remodel, or perhaps an addition.  Where do you start?  Overwhelmed already?  That’s okay.  Here are some ideas on how to plan a home remodel that may guide you in the right direction. How to Plan a Home Remodel 1. Establish a Budget & Sketch…

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How Do I Estimate My Monthly Note?

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
Estimate mortgage

As you prepare to purchase a new house or perhaps refinance your existing house, estimating your new monthly note (obligation) to plan your financial obligations is important. There are many variables at play here but let us consider the key elements in establishing your monthly note. How do I estimate my mortgage payment? 1. How…

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Attic Infill: Can I add rooms in my attic for extra living space?

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
turning attic into living space

Our home must accommodate our changing lifestyles, but sometimes new desires and needs create a demand for more living space. For financial and personal reasons, buying or building a larger home may not be appropriate. Instead, adding square footage to your existing home can be a good alternative for you and your family. If going…

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When are permits required to work on a house?

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
what home repairs require a permit

In most areas of the country, there are local building departments that administer construction permits. These permits are part of a process to ensure that construction follows appropriate rules and guidelines. These guidelines are in place to make sure the construction is safe for the workers and for the occupants that will live in the…

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Home Addition Considerations

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
planning a home addition

There are many reasons why someone would want to add on to their existing home, such as adding an extra bedroom for a growing family or building more entertaining space for hosting parties. Whatever your reason for a building addition, proper planning is critical to success and ensuring the home expansion is as least disruptive…

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