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Fix Up The Old Real Estate, Build Or Buy A New House?

Fix Up The Old Real Estate, Build Or Buy A New House?

The property where you live, and what to do when a change is needed to improve the housing.

Putting yourself in a good position to be happy either way it goes, no matter which direction you go in. (Cue the Clash song about “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?”) Is it maybe best for you to speed dial, line up, automatically call the tradesmen?

Or to simply start watching the You Tube DIY series. On how to use the business end of the hammer videos. To “git ‘er dunnn” as Larry would suggest when opportunity knocks.

Maybe hold your house horses partner. Just  better to just get the place, the home listed for sale?

On the local real estate market with promotion far far outside the community where it is parked.

Then turning around when the “SOLD” ride appears on the real estate sign on one side of the housing equation.

To slap a “Sale Pending” one on another bigger, more feature rich property new to you on the other end of the kiss and tell advertising that worked.Like marketing lightning hit twice.

Buying the Maine land, building from scratch is the most expensive remedy.

But hopefully you get exactly what you want. But those that went that route with the nail gun and table saw, all that saw dust will be the first to tell you. Lots of what they would have, should have done differently. And moan about the added cost of areas they did not realize spring up all over the construction site building process.

What’s a pitless adapter again and what do you mean we hit ledge?

And why is suddenly are all the drivers of pickup trucks with the door signage parked around the construction site asking “where is my wallet”? To open wide and say ahhhh.

Buy new to you, build brand new, fix the old sticks and bricks. What is the best real estate board game move to make for you? First it depends on the real estate market, always does in these decision making housing situations. lake view in maine photo


The supply of the property like the one you need to sell, the one you want to change up to all boils down to show me the money.

Got any extra laying around?

Moves, the swaps or rebuilding housing projects of any size are expensive.

Gonna set you back several Candyland board spaces.

If you are strapped for cash, the resale of your place hopes are dim in the current real estate market.

With over supply of just like yours selling for way way less than you need to clear to make the swap for a new set of house keys. Then the decision making becomes way way easier.

Less flavors of what to reach, ask for happens like down at the local dairy bar on a hot summer night.

dairy bar in maine photoAdd on a section, finish off a cellar if it is not wet, damp. If the ceiling clearance is not too low down below.

Or when it is but you are raising blue colored, Smurf size children.

Or are a Hobbit. Attic expansion makes sense when the stairway is already there. Dormers for the natural ligtht too.

And adding insulation, the proper venting, heat and power lines. Along with the finish of floors, doors and trim on the wall treatment that is an easy fix.

You already have the living space “box”.

Are just finishing off the interior, not digging foundations to set the forms. Pour concrete, or hoise walls, rafters, roof shingles and more into place. No bulldozers or dump trucks. (Beep beep beep backing up alarm sound).

In my small Maine rural real estate market, if you need more space, want a new gas station in maine photokitchen, need a heating system and other major operating systems updated, then sell.

It is way way cheaper to replace than undo, redo, make do.

And try to create held back, limited by the ideas of the previous folks.

Who lived where you currently return address your Christmas cards, all those monthly bills you pay.

It is more expensive to update and renovate when you are not targeting just one or two areas too. When it is across the board for replacement items on your gotta have wish list, then sell, move, buy and trade up needs to happen. joel woods in maine winter photo

More space please when things get suddenly house is just too small.

Is often the situation  caused by where did all these kids suddenly appear from?

It does not take nine months for them to arrive any more and the usual, standard one at a time.

Blended families, Gram, Gramps, the divorced daughter or your favorite mother in law is saying move it on over.

Put in an extra leaf from behind the door. Dust it off. Set more plates and increase the number of chair settings at the dining room table.

Lots of good solid quality Maine homes for sale for little money.

Because we make less, we spend less, we do more bartering. Have more skills to whip things into shape and make the changes that come from Jack of All Trades diplomas. Hanging on all the home walls with pride. Earned from life long study.

Young grasshoppers on up. Get the hands on experience in the building trades projects of  family, friends, neighbors. In small neat, tight neat Maine small communities where there is a strong connection. It is all part of the simpler lifestyle and the way life should be living in Maine.

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

207.532.6573  |  [email protected]   |  MOOERS REALTY 69 North Street Houlton ME 04730



Andrew Mooers

Welcome to our Maine real estate website. I am the father of four grown children, have listed, marketed, sold properties for over forty years. Lots of changes in the real estate industry over that many decades and daily we re-invent our job. I grew up on a Maine farm that I bought from by three older brothers. My youngest son continues in the tradition on that same Maine farm. Here to help with property searches for homes, farms, land, waterfront, multi housing rentals, small mom and pop business listings.

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