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We hear similar stories repeated in different ways from our clients; At first, they look forward to stolen weekend's to golf & relax in the desert - they gradually discover they're crafting ways to spend more time here until it becomes clear, life just doesn't get any better than this."

Once that realization hit's, the process of change begins... We know what an extraordinary commodity your home is - buying or selling a home can be one of the most important decisions you will make and having the right team on your side will make the difference.

We specialize in homes throughout the Palm Springs Valley including Palm Desert Real Estate & Homes, Indian Wells Real Estate & Homes, La Quinta Real Estate & Homes, Rancho Mirage Real Estate & Homes, Palm Springs Real Estate & Homes& Indio Hills Real Estate & Homes. Whether you want to buy or sell an estate, lock & leave property with income potential, a resort property, land to build your dream home, or a property located in a country club or golf community we know the desert and are here to help. Our motto, If its important to you, it's important to us, guides us as we help our clients buy or sell a home in the desert.

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Remodel or Buy New?

Should Your Remodel Your Home or Buy New?Should You Remodel or Buy New?  It’s a big question, not all remodeling projects will return your cash investment and that may be okay if you’re doing it to enhance your lifestyle and you plan on living in your home for many more years.

However, if you think you might move in the next 3 – 5 years you should know what the best home improvements are for the highest return.  Or it may make more sense for you to find a home that better fits your lifestyle and needs.

We’ve created this Checklist to help you think through all the steps of Remodeling.  The purpose is to address all aspects of your Remodeling Project and the process, so you can clearly define what you really want to accomplish, arrive at a practical end product in a style that suits your family and within your budget.

FIRST, SOME BROAD QUESTIONS:
Off the top of your head, what are the Top 3 priorities that immediately come to mind when you think about you remodeling project?

Are You Planning to Remodel the Entire Space, (Interior and / or Exterior) Or Partial remodel such as Kitchen or Bathrooms?

Do you have a budget in mind?
What is the low, medium and
your “Not to Exceed” Budget?

What is your timeline?
    Do you have a drop dead date the remodel
must be completed by?

ABOUT The space  –
What will it be used for and Who will use it?
     Is this currently, or will it become your
Permanent Residence?
Vacation Property?
Will it be used as a rental for income?

Household Members:
How many Adults, Children, Pets?

Any Special Needs?
     Counter Heights, Door Width,
Handicap, Elderly or Small Children?

Is Entertaining Important?
Your Entertaining Style is:

Formal / Informal / Both

How many guests typically?

What type of entertaining?

Meals, Music, Games, Movies, BBQ?

Any Special Cooking Facilities Required?

Professional Grade Appliances

Island with Second Prep Sink

Walk In Pantry

Butler’s Pantry
Wine Storage

Does More Than One Person Cook at a Time?

Where Do You Like To Eat Meals?

Dining Table, Kitchen Table, Kitchen
Counter, Family Room, Other?

 Hobbies?

Reading, Cooking, Home Theater, Music,
Crafts, Sewing, Sports, Other?

Any Technical Needs?

Computer, Laptop, Docking Station,

Charging Station, Wireless Hub, Satellite,

Surround Sound, Home Theater

 

Home Office?

Any special needs such as Soundproofing,

Computers, Task Lighting, Storage, Printer

Dedicated Entrance

 

Lighting?

Locations that may need more lighting?

Specialized Lighting for Art (niches or walls)

Bathroom or Kitchen Task Lighting

Family or Living Room Ambient Lighting

 

Storage Needs?

Garage Cabinets / Closet Organizers

Books, Holiday Decorations, Kitchen

Appliances or Serving Dishes

 

 

EXTERIOR SPACE

What are the most important outdoor spaces?

Patio Dining, Covered Outdoor Living, Pool,

Spa, Fire pit, Outdoor Kitchen with BBQ, Sun

Deck, Private Spa, Putting Green, Fountain

or Water Feature, Courtyard Garden Entry.

INTERIOR SPACE

What interior features are important to you?

Wet or Dry Bar with or without Seating,

Built in Refrigerator, Fireplace in Living or

Master Suite, Separate Closets in Master,

Guesthouse,

Do You Want to Add or Enlarge?

A room or Guest House?

Wine Room

Butler Pantry

Exercise Room

AC to Garage

Home Theater or Sound System

 

Do You Want to Add or Enlarge – Continued

Home Automation System –
What will it control?

Remote Controlled Window Coverings

Remove a Wall to Open two rooms together

Power Awnings

Security Screens or Gates

 

 

ENVIRONMENT

Are “Green” Objectives important to you?

Energy Audit for Cost vs benefit Analysis

Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling
Energy Efficient Appliances

Solar

Backup Generator System

Low Water Landscape

Low Water Fixtures

Indoor Air Quality – Duct Cleaning

Dual Pane Windows, Low “E”

Duct Sealing

New Insulation

 AMBIENCE

What Atmosphere Do You Want to Create?      

Casual, Formal with defined spaces, Clean

Lines, Warm & Cozy, Open Light and Airy,

Elegant, Sophisticated, Lived In, Romantic,

Welcoming, Contemporary

What is Your Style?

Tuscan, Beachy, Old World, Mediterranean,
Cottage, Art Deco, Asian, Tropical, Mission,

Southwest, Modern Minimalist,

Contemporary,

 

Color and Tone Preferences:

Lighter or Darker

Cool such as Blue, Gray, Black,     White,

Warm such as Earth Tones Beige, Brown,

Subtle Tones or Bold and Bright

 

Colors You Dislike:

 

Hard Surface Material You Like?

 

Hard Materials You Dislike?

 

Flooring Preferences?

Wood, Cork, Bamboo, Carpet, Marble,

Stone, Concrete, Ceramic or Porcelain Tile,

Saltillo Tile, Combination, Other

 

Counter / Vanity Preferences?

Granite, Marble, Quartz, Tile, Wood

 

Accent Preferences?

Stone, Texture, Wallpaper, Contrast Paint

Mirror, Glass,

Window Treatment Preference?

Bermuda Shutters, Verticals Blinds, Pleated

Shades, Motorized Solar Shade, Drapes,

Roman Shades, Grass Roll up, Ceiling

Pockets for Disappearing Electric Shades

Door and Cabinet Hardware Preference?

Knobs, Levers, Pulls Bronze, Chrome, Satin

Nickel, Brass, Other

Cabinet Finish and Door Style Preference?

What Style do you like?

Stained or Painted

Wood interior or Melamine

Self-closing drawers

Full extension drawers

Corner Turn Table

Custom Built or Pre Fab Cabinets

 

KITCHEN

How do you use your Kitchen?

 

Do you want family and Guests in the Kitchen to Help or Do You Prefer the Kitchen to be a Separate Room out of sight?

 

How many Cooks in the Kitchen at the same time?

 

Is the Primary Cook Left or Right Handed?

 

Does the Cook Have Any Special Needs?

Disability

Height

 

Do You Use Caterers to Prep, Serve and Clean Up for Entertaining?

 

KITCHEN – continued

Where do you want the family to eat?

Kitchen Table

Kitchen Bar

Are there Small Children to Accommodate?

Do you want the Kitchen Open the Family Room?

 

Do you Want a Formal Dining Room?

Seating for how many people

What is Your Cooking Style?

Gourmet

Family Style

Do you Bake

 

What Type of Food Prep Do You Need?

Daily Heat & Serve

Daily Full Course Meals

Weekend Family Meals

Weekend Entertaining

Quantity Cooking

 

Any Secondary Activities or Amenities You Want in the Kitchen?

Computer or Recipe Desk

Wet Bar

Wine Storage

Homework or Craft Station

Laundry

Herb Garden

TV

Charging Station

Integrated Refrigeration Drawers

 

 

ORIENTATION OF KITCHEN

Partition walls be removed or altered?

Florescent Lighting to be Removed?

Relocate the Sink or Appliances

Add a Gas Line

Add a Second Water line and Drain

Add an Island

Reconfigure or add a Work Triangle

Add Skylight

Add More Lighting

EQUIPMENT TO INCORPORATE INTO KITCHEN

Professional / Residential Grade Appliances,

Microwave, Trash Compactor, Icemaker,

Dishwasher, Separate Cooktop with Gas or

Electric, Double Ovens, Convection Oven,

Built In Refrigerator / Freezer: style and size,

Double or Single Bowl Sink, Second Sink, Pot

Filler at Cook Top, Instant Hot, Filtered

Water, Updraft or downdraft vent,

Architectural hood, Wine Cooler.

STORAGE SYSTEMS

Do You shop in bulk and need extra storage?

What cooking equipment needs to be accommodated, i.e. Pots, Pans, Small Appliances

Specialized Storage such as spices, cleaning supplies, baking equipment, cutlery, plastic storage containers, non-refrigerated foods

Recycling receptacles  and location

Display Storage such as Cookbooks, Dinner or

Glassware, Wine,

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER

Are there enough electrical outlets

Do you need to bring a Gas Line in

Is there enough light

Add recessed lighting

Are light switches where you want them

Add dimmer switches

Is ventilation and cooking exhaust adequate

Preferred cabinet door style

Cabinet Facing Material,

Wood Stained, Painted or Washed,

Laminate or Thermofoil

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER

Sink Material

Faucet Finish

Counter Material

Backsplash Material

Flooring Material

Wall and Ceiling Paint Color

Lighting,

Pedant, under cabinet, recessed, display

cabinet lighting

BATHROOM

How with the Bathroom be Used?

Is it for personal, family or guest use? Are there special needs now or in the future such as height, handicap, small children, etc.?

Do you need to accommodate any non-traditional activities such as Laundry or Washing Pets?

How much Storage do you need?

ORIENTATION OF BATHROOM

Is the Bathroom large enough

Can you relocate a door or window to help

Is it connected to a Bedroom as you like

Is there enough natural light

Add a skylight or solar tube

Remove Tub and Add Walk in Shower

BATHROOM FIXTURES

Change or Upgrade Toilets

Whirlpool Tub

Shower for One or Two People

Adjustable Show Heads

Multiple Shower Heads

Body Sprays

Bidet

Glass Enclosure

No Enclosure, Walk In

Pedestal Sinks or Vanity Cabinets with Sinks

Vessel Style Sinks

Chrome, Satin Nickel, Brass, Bronze Fixtures

BATHROOM STORAGE

Salon Style Storage for Hair Dryers, Curling Iron

Electrical Outlets inside Drawers or Cabinets

Towel Bars how many, location

Towel and Linen Storage in or near the Bath

Add Storage or Closet System to Closet

 BATHROOM STYLE, APPEARANCE & FINISH

Cabinets, Single or Double Vanity

Recessed Medicine Cabinet

Wall to Wall or Framed Mirrors

3 Way Mirror

Knee recess / Makeup Mirror

Cabinet Door Style, Finish

Cabinet Hardware

Countertop Material

Sink Material

Backsplash Material

Flooring Material

Heated floors

Faucet Finish

Shower and Tub Surround Material

Enclosure Material

Wall and Ceiling Paint Color

ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

Does the Heating and Air Conditioning

System Operate Adequately?

How old is the Water Heater?

Would you consider Tankless Water Heater

Do you want to add water saving fixtures

Are electrical outlets GFCI protected

Hard wired smoke, carbon monoxide, and home

Alarm system

Add Solar Panels

ADDITIONS

Depending upon the layout of your home, it may be possible to add a room without adding to the building’s footprint.  Example, you may be able to convert part of Laundry Room into a Powder Room.

Make a sketch of the layout you want, collect Magazine Clippings, Photos, and bookmark Websites that Illustrate Your Favorite Look and incorporate into an Idea Book where you keep all of your best ideas in one place.

 

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  • Cathi & Ben Walter
  • REALTOR ®
  • 44530 San Pablo, Suite 101
  • Palm Desert, CA 92260
  • P: (760) 218 – 5752
  • E: Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com
  • CalBRE# 01346930

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