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To remodel or not to remodel? Part II

Home is where the heart is… in other words, the most important place for anybody. Remodeling your home to make it better for you and your family has become the thing to do. Of course, during construction you will feel out of place and a little disturbed if you stay in the house during construction but even then, in the long run, remodeling your house to fit your needs has proven to be a very good investment.

One thing to keep in mind is to remodel or add onto your house according to the neighborhood and the value of the properties around you. If you over build, you will never get back what you put into the project. So, always make sure you do some research on the neighbors’ properties, the size of the surrounding houses, their value, etc. before you prepare the home design plans, so at the time of resale, if you decide to sell, you do not lose money.

This is the best time to remodel because prices are down. Home design professionals are lowering their fees to attract new customers, contractors are bidding jobs very low to guarantee the work and material cost has gone drastically down. For opinions on that topic, check the page: “What the experts are saying.”

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To remodel or not to remodel? Part I

Remodeling and adding square footage onto a property increases its value, so just for that reason, homeowners should remodel and add square footage onto their homes whenever possible.

Most people decide to remodel their homes because they need more room or just to make their houses more enjoyable but later on realize the increased resale value. Unfortunately, I have seen houses which were added onto but the addition, instead of increasing the value of the property, really hurt the property. Ex: I once saw a beautiful home in Poway in which the only way to go from the so called “Master Suite” into the yard was through the shower. I never understood what happened there but home design mistakes like that are common and in my opinion, unacceptable.

There are additions that look so different from the original house, whatever style it is, that they make the aesthetics go out the window. Take a look at this photo:

Believe it or not, this  charming little bungalow is  ATTACHED to  the amorphous building next to it. The original house was added onto but the addition has nothing to do with the shape, size or style of the original house. That  decreases the value of a property. The Craftsman Style is such an elegant and formal style. The addition built next to this bungalow is something with no style and really no taste whatsoever. This should never happen. Continue reading

Municipal Code Violations – Part I

What are Municipal Code Violations?

According to the Municipal Code, a code violation is anything that threatens public safety and/or the living and working environment. In the case of construction, anything related to the remodeling or improving of a building without acquiring construction permits through the City or County Building Departments constitutes a code violation, even if it does not threaten the public in any way. Any construction related changes made in any dwelling no matter what size need to be submitted at the city or county of jurisdiction for review and approval, no matter who is making the changes or how small the changes are.   penalty-order_opt1

The Code Enforcement Departments in any city and county are the ones in charge of making sure the public follows the municipal code regulations. In the case of construction, they are in charge of investigating code violations with regards to habitability conditions. For a list of issues enforced by the Code Enforcement Department, click here

Sometimes homes with non-permitted room additions have code violation cases filed against them which remain open until plans for the non-permitted improvement are submitted and approved by the City or County Code Enforcement and Building Departments. Continue reading