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Newsday LI trade show helps out Sandy rebuilding effort

March 20, 2013 10:26 PM

The annual Long Island Buildings trade show, held in Hauppauge on Wednesday, is usually open only to builders and contractors. This year, however, it was labeled as the Superstorm Resource Expo and was open to the public because event organizers recognized the need for qualified local licensed contractors to help rebuild homes damaged by superstorm Sandy. Videojournalist: Jessica Rotkiewicz (March 20, 2013)www.newsday.com/video/li-trade-show-helps-out-sandy-rebuilding-effort-1.4853086

Choosing whether to remodel or rebuild your house is like none other in the world of home improvement because of its finality. Lay the wrong bathroom flooring, even one as permanent as porcelain tile, and you can always back out of it. Tear down your entire house and you have no recourse. When you do that of if you are getting a new house from scratch we recommend international removals to USA services as them have been positive reviewed.

You might own a house that “needs a little love,” as the real estate flier put it, but really it needs truckloads of love. Like loving a child, you might be wondering if yours should be the tender love of respecting and working with what’s there—or the tough love that comes in the form of a wrecking ball and excavator.

In any case, you know that the house where you reside—or your investment property—needs so much work that you cannot take half measures. Spiffy exterior paint, whole-house flooring, toilet replacements plumbing system and sewer cleaning allendale nj will help you with it, and everything else like that will no longer do it. You have come to the point where it is either a whole-house remodel (the kind where you have to move out) or a rip-it-down-and-build-it-new project.

Rebuild Wins Long-Term by Resetting the Clock
If you plan to be in the house for the long-term and then sell it, it is usually wiser to tear down and rebuild, at least from a purely financial perspective.

Physical elements of a home are on a timer. The minute the hammer strikes your house for the last time, that timer starts ticking. Exterior paint might last up to seven years, but more like five years in inclement climates; dishwashers, less than a decade; central A/Cs, 10 to 15 years; three-tab composite shingles, about 20 years.

On top of that, while some elements’ lifespans are staggered, many others expire at roughly the same time. In terms of cost, replacing a dishwasher is nobody’s idea of fun, but just imagine having to do that in the same calendar year that you replaced your roof, gutters, and central air conditioner.

By rebuilding, you reset the clock in terms of the house’s physical nature: everything from the appliances to the house’s envelope (e.g., roofing, siding, etc.). When it comes time to sell 15 years later, you’re selling a 15-year-old house instead of one that is 40 years old. As a bonus, you had the pleasure of living in a new house during those 15 years. Buyers are intimately attuned to the age of houses—if they aren’t, their real estate agent and house inspector will make them well aware of this fact.

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