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done@38

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looking to do some home renovations in San Diego...
« on: January 17, 2014, 12:39:12 AM »
I just bought a house in the spring of last year. I have been away from it though for the majority of the time I've owned it. (My work takes be overseas a lot). It is an older house in great need of many updates, some for cosmetic reason, some for safety, and some are so when it becomes a rental or up for sale; it wont struggle due to the 1970 appearance.

So with all that laid out, i return next month with plans to get started on some DIY projects, hiring as little as possible.

my question for the Mustachian family is; any suggestions where to start or anyone in the local area in need of a steak dinner with endless beers?

any help is appreciated and more details if anyone in interested.

Kyle

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Re: looking to do some home renovations in San Diego...
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2014, 06:30:01 AM »
Well first thing I would do is tear out the kitchen, remove any bathrooms.  Probably tear everything in the house down  to the studs because the house is in awful condition....theres probably mold everywhere.......

Lol sorry, but when you ask such vague questions are "where to start" with absolute no reference what do you expect?

If you are looking for real advice details are needed and pictures are always great!

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Re: looking to do some home renovations in San Diego...
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2014, 06:51:38 AM »
Live in the house for a few months and see how it functions for you.  A 70's home is likely to be weak on kitchen and bath space and amenities.  It may not be possible to expand the spaces, but you can improve the amenities.  Look on-line at listings of houses in your neighborhood and in similar neighborhoods that have been remodeled for ideas.  Walk through open houses to see what other people have done.  Make a list of what you would like to do, and start looking at the big box home improvement stores.

done@38

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Re: looking to do some home renovations in San Diego...
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2014, 03:35:06 AM »
thanks for the input. I should have added some more detail. the bathrooms have recently been updated, floor to ceiling. I do have a list created and spend several months viewing open houses prior to buying this one so for what's available and what's comparable is known.

I was more interested in suggestions to DIY projects to start with vs. tearing everything out to the studs. I do, however plan to do just that with my kitchen but, I didn't wan to start there.

Better yet, someone in the local area looking to make a small buck, locally brewed beer, or just meet a fellow mustachian.

I appreciate the help though. Once I return home, I'll add some photos if this post is still active.

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Re: looking to do some home renovations in San Diego...
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2014, 01:26:03 PM »
I am a fellow San Diegan. I will also preface my recommendations by noting that I have not renovated my own home, but have assisted with a number of family members' renos, large and small. I would think you would first want to address the safety issues in case those affect any of the cosmetic or layout issues of the home. After that an easy win would probably be starting with the exterior, which is potential buyers' and renters' first impression of the home. If it has a 70s look outside, that can be a strong turn off. Basic landscaping and painting/cleaning up the exterior of the home is totally doable (and can be relatively quick) if you are DIY. Bigger things like re-doing stucco or replacing windows might be necessary, but if you know this at the start you can minimize the work you do on the interior. Inside see what you can do with paint (don't do white, go with light-shade neutrals - grays in particular are very "now"), try to leave the floors alone if they are not bad. But, if the old floors are easy to pull up (this is why I hate tile) wood-looking laminate flooring is REALLY easy to install as a DIY-er and moves pretty quickly (can get expensive - the cheapest stuff looks cheap, the better stuff can get pricey but is beautiful and you can save on installation costs - just depends on your priorities). If the bathrooms are done, turn to the kitchen. Replace crappy faucets (not expensive and easy to DIY). Sanding down and repainting cabinets (would recommend inside and out) takes a little time but is another easy DIY project that almost anyone with a little fastidiousness in their nature can do. If you have tile countertops (HATE), clean up the grout. But replacing them could increase your ROI as that seems to be a major thing for buyers and better renters. Overall, just making the place spotless and clean (inside and out) will go a long way (hence the recommendation to paint the inside of your kitchen cabinets).

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Re: looking to do some home renovations in San Diego...
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2014, 09:09:33 PM »
Hey Kyle!

The girlfriend and I might be able to help.  We've been DIYing here and there since we got our house last year.  Girlfriend is particularly interested in learning plumbing/bathroom/kitchen stuff.  PM me when you're back in town!




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Re: looking to do some home renovations in San Diego...
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2014, 04:27:05 AM »
thanks, Lemonlime, for the easy DIY projects. The outside of the house is new stucco, roof is in good condition but needs updated (currently rock). The windows need updated but being in sunny San Diego, it doesn't reach as high up on the list of things to do. I am currently wanting to do some hardscape out back. I lucked out and got a large lot to work with. I'm currently bouncing back and forth on which one to do first, outside entertainment or kitchen reno. I'm also leaning towards the kitchen reno so I get more ROI at of the property cause at the end of the day, this place is an investment.

Somepissedoffman, I will be in contact around mid March. I should be back before the end of the month. Are you a homeowner looking to do some renos?

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Re: looking to do some home renovations in San Diego...
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2014, 02:47:31 PM »
I might be able to help too so PM me if you need some more help. I would like to learn more about this stuff and meet some other mustashians. Mostly I have done cosmetic stuff like painting.

When I owned, I mostly took care of landscaping, safety and cosmetics if you are just looking to deliver a big impact of a small amount of money. If you want a major remodel you can look at changing up rooms. Just cosmetics like paint, changing fixtures, and plants added a lot to the selling price of my house when I sold it. It should also help attract renters.