Upgrading an Older Home Is Money Well Spent

Written by: Ray Flynn

When you buy a house that is more than just a few decades old, you’re investing in a piece of history. And you’ll inherit all the home’s character, its mature landscaping, and most likely its quality building materials. But you also take on the added cost of bringing it up to modern times. With a little planning, you can bring out the best in your new older home.

The Functional Stuff

An older house, unfortunately, often means dated plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling. Tackle these areas first.

For the electrical, take a look at the breaker panel. Chances are, if it’s more than 25 years old, it’s time for a replacement. ABC Home & Commercial Services explains that this is not a job for even an experienced DIYer. For one, changing out the electrical components of your home is considered a major remodel, and you will likely need to obtain a permit and will most definitely have to pass an electrical inspection.

If you think it’s time to replace the plumbing, take a quick peek under the sink. Many older homes are outfitted with galvanized steel, cast iron, or lead pipes. To bring things up to modern standards, you’ll need to replace these with PVC, copper, or brass. Like with electrical, changing out the plumbing likely requires a permit.

When your home’s HVAC is more than a decade old and not operating efficiently, it’s time to replace this, too. If you have yet to buy the home, you might be able to negotiate a decrease in price to compensate. Don’t forget to replace the ductwork, otherwise you may wind up blowing decades’ worth of dust throughout your home.

The Fun Stuff

The fun remodeling jobs are those that make your house more enjoyable. These are largely esthetic and can wait until after all your systems are in working order.

The kitchen and the bathroom are likely two areas where you want to get to work. Something as simple as a coat of paint and new hardware can go a long way here. But, when you want to have a real impact, new floors and countertops are the way to go. For the countertops, you have many choices; Corian, butcher block, concrete, and granite are all popular. However, many homeowners decide to stick with the timeless look of quartz, which costs around $125 per square foot to install, according to estimates from HomeAdvisor. Quartz has the advantages of being easy to clean and stain resistant, and it won’t crack or chip.

When looking for a countertop installer, make sure they have years of experience in your material of choice. Keep in mind that it may take a few days to get the job done because they will have to level out your existing cabinets, add necessary supports, line your countertops up precisely, and seamlessly join each piece together.

The Foundational Stuff

No talk about an older home would be complete without at least mentioning the foundation. With an older home, it is not unusual to see some stair-stepping in the bricks. This is typically nothing to worry about, but true foundation problems can’t be ignored.

Make sure that you pay for a home inspection (typically costs $300 – $500), which will likely point out any major defects, like shearing in the foundation walls or cracks on the concrete pad beneath your home. Depending on the price of the property, you may be able to get an exceptional deal on a home if its foundation needs repair. You’ll just have to weigh the repair costs and inconvenience against price.

Buying an older home has its pros and cons. On one hand, it is probably in a well-established area and more than likely won’t get crowded out by cookie-cutter homes. On the other, it may take a bit of elbow grease to shine it up. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide on your living situation. When you choose an older home, the function, fun, and foundation are the three areas that can make or break your decision.

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Coastal Premier Properties Welcomes Sarah Dambacher!

Coastal Premier Properties is pleased to welcome Sarah Dambacher! Sarah will be working out of our Carmel Valley office.

Welcome Sarah D

Sarah is originally from Northern California. She fell in love with San Diego while visiting her brother while he was serving in the Marines. She knew right away San Diego would be her forever home.

Sarah started her career in residential real estate because she wanted to make lifelong connections with fellow San Diegans and she wanted to be apart of helping people create their perfect idea of home.

She understands that the home buying and selling process can be stressful and overwhelming. She will use calm and straight forward demiour to communicate her clients needs.

To provide her clients with excellent service, she will use her skills learned from her Bachelors Degree in Communication from San Diego State University.

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Just Sold: January 2020

Thank you for all your support, here are some of the houses Coastal Premier Properties has helped clients buy or sell throughout the county last month. If we can help you or someone you know with making a move, please contact us!

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14224 Caminito Vistana
(Carmel Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Spectacular single-level estate located in the exclusive guard gated Fairbanks Highlands Estates. Escape to your own sanctuary over 4,400 square feet of gracious living indoor outdoor spaces. Custom Gourmet Kitchen and Custom touches throughout. Recently Painted, New Carpet in select locations. Outdoor Pool/Spa. Outdoor Pool Cabana with Built-in BBQ, Fireplace and Custom Cabinets. Pool Bath. Fire Pit. Blooming Landscape and Generous Lawns. Premier location, back to Open Space Canyon.

Sold for $2,350,000.

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16980 Mimosa Pl
(Rancho Santa Fe)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Very special opportunity to own a incredibly charming single level home with a amazing location. Short walk to Roger Rowe school, restaurants, post office, golf & tennis. With 1.2 usable acres, large grass area, sparkling pool, flat lot, 3 bedroom 3 bath & hardwood floors. Outstanding ranch style home, quiet & private with VIEWS of 11 acres of permanent open space.

Sold for $2,050,000.

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17833 Joyas Ct
(Poway)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Joyas Court is the definition of European refinement; from the circular driveway with patterned hedges & fountains, to the regal staircase that greets guests as they first enter this estate, to the seemingly endless views that if not for the gentle curvature of earth itself you might see all the way to Hawaii from atop the professionally designed amphitheater deck surrounding a resort-inspired pool & spa. Be awed by the ultra contemporary kitchen with full opening glass doors leading to a grassy backyard.

Sold for $1,850,000.

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4415 Caminito Tecera
(Del Mar)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

The ONLY lot in the community with a private driveway on a Cul De Sac. South West views from one of largest home-sites in Fairbanks Polo Club, enormous patio with lush gardens for entertaining with jaw dropping views in the day and city lights at night as you enjoy a warm fire pit with your loved ones. Grow your own fruits and veggies with your custom built and automatically irrigated grow boxes.

Sold for $1,680,000.

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14710 Via Del Canon
(Del Mar)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Views of polo fields built in 2000 in pristine condition! Private gated entry welcomes you into a magnificently designed garden. Grand double doors opens to a beautiful foyer with curved staircase, elegant flooring, 3 fireplaces, large gourmet kitchen, fabulous master w/ balcony. Large 1 bed/bath downstairs. Huge 5th bedroom or guest quarters with its own private entry. This gorgeous property has everything you have dreamt about and more!

Sold for $1,460,000.

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369 Longden Ln
(Solana Beach)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Saratoga West at its best! Stunning upgrades throughout with all the finishes that are desired by today’s buyers. Tons of natural light flooding in with high ceilings, interior laundry, private balcony opening up to nature & the sound of whispering trees, 1 car garage w/lots of overhead storage & parking space at unit. Community offers pool/spa & exercise room. Walking distance to race track, restaurants, beach including dog beach & Cedros Design district.

Sold for $1,019,500.

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10645 Loire Ave
(Scripps Ranch)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Wonderful home on spacious 10,000+ sqft lot. Huge open floor plan with room to grow. Updated kitchen with granite, custom cabinets and SS Appliances. RV Parking that is fully fenced. Downstairs BR with its own shower. (Large 2nd BR can be split to create 5th BR). 2 baths remodeled w/dual shower heads, glass enclosed walk-in shower and extra deep tub. 500 SQFT Master Bedroom. New solid core doors & baseboards, A short walk to highly regarded Jerabek School, Park & Swim Club. NO HOA/Mello.

Sold for $914,700.

 

 

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1224 Rippey Steet
(El Cajon)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Stylish Fletcher Hills property with amazing finishes throughout. Inviting, private backyard with pool. Gourmet Kitchen with top of the line appliances. Free and clear solar.

Sold for $889,000.

 

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2239 Cortina Circle
(Escondido)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

SINGLE story home in beautiful Rancho Verde Estates! Breath taking tranquil mountain VIEWS from all living areas of home. Backyard improvements include recently built patio cover. Artificial turf to enjoy green w/o the water cost. Windows & sliding doors were replaced in 2016. Custom built-in cabinets in 3 car garage for maximum storage. SOLAR OWNED/PAID. Home on one of the most private lots in Rancho Verde. From the moment you drive up the private drive you are surrounded by beautiful, peaceful vistas

Sold for $850,000.

 

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11591 Alborada Drive
(Rancho Bernardo)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Beautiful 2 Story Home with a Bedroom downstairs in Westwood Community. This home features a very large formal living room with lots of windows and the cathedral ceiling makes this entry bright and welcoming. Also featured is the luxury vinyl planks gracing the living and family rooms. Your kitchen overlooks the backyard, has all appliances and lots of cabinets. Adjacent is your family room with a fireplace for those cooler San Diego evenings.

Sold for $842,000.

 

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574 Rush Drive
(San Marcos)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Rare single story home on a private cul de sac in the beautiful, gated community of Esperanza at Buenavida. Bright open flowing floorplan with cozy fireplace in family room and bedrooms in 3 separate wings. Open gourmet kitchen with oversized breakfast island, cherry cabinets, granite counters & SS appliances. Spacious master bath with new quartz counters, dual vanities, shower & separate soaking tub. Low HOA & Mello Roos, close to parks, shopping, freeways & CSU San Marcos. Owned Solar!

Sold for $749,000.

 

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12858 Rios Rd
(Poway)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Highly upgraded Summerfield Estates 3BR/2BA home! Large kitchen with granite counters and s/s appliances. Dual-pane windows, neutral carpet, built-in shaker cabinetry in living room, wood-style flooring in main living areas, inside laundry. New HVAC, new closet doors, and newly-painted interior. Exterior features new front and back yard landscaping, new irrigation system, and outdoor patio. Short walk to neighborhood pool and rec center. Easy access to Valle Verde Ranch hiking trail system.

Sold for $710,500.

 

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2827 Demler Drive
(Oceanside)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Includes beautiful upgraded designer backsplash, privacy blinds, & flooring. 2,980 4 bed 3.5 bath, single level living home. Master suite and secondary suite on the first floor. First floor laundry and powder. Large great room, kitchen and nook. 2nd floor 2 large bedrooms, both with walk in closets and a spacious bonus room for flexible space. Large CA room/breezeway structure (only concrete pathway) and 3 car side by side garage.

Sold for $695,900.

 

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16316 Avenida Nobleza
(Rancho Bernardo)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Immaculate & Low-Maintenance Single-Story Smart-Home ! Have peace of mind while you are away on your business trips, family vacations, etc. w/ your app-enabled secure home. 2 Bedroom with extra bonus room that could be perfect for an office! Tile floors throughout, Spacious Living Room w/ Fireplace, updated kitchen w/ breakfast area, all bathrooms updated; newer dual paned windows, gated courtyard area and patios, easy care landscaping; HOA incudes Bernardo Heights Community Center.

Sold for $680,000.

 

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1878 Warmlands
(Vista)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Room to spread out on this luscious 1/2 acre lot. Refinished bamboo flooring throughout and new carpet in all bedrooms. New paint, large kitchen with granite countertops and a chef’s dream- a 48″ 6 burner Jenn-Air commercial stove w/pot filler. 4 bedrooms each with generous-sized closets, 3 full baths ready for your vision. Large garden area perfect for greenhouse or pool. Spacious, fenced circular driveway and mature fruit trees. Beautiful sunsets, cool ocean breezes & ocean views on a clear day!

Sold for $608,000.

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1457 Clark Court
(Vista)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Sold for $648,000.

 

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2378 La Costa Ave
(La Costa)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Enjoy sweeping golf course and water views from this La Costa townhome just minutes to the gorgeous beaches of Carlsbad/Encinitas! Vaulted ceilings provide lots of natural light. Front row tickets to dramatic sunsets and 4th of July fireworks! Huge master w/ retreat perfect for office. Laminate/tile floors throughout. Close to new La Costa Town Square and tons of quality shopping and dining! 2 car garage plus additional golf cart garage. New water heater and furnace. Flag lot down away from road noise.

Sold for $612,000.

 

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880 Catherine Ave
(Fallbrook)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Beautiful single story home in San Marcos. Over 2,100 square feet. Huge 10,000 square foot lot! Four bedrooms & two bathrooms. Open floorplan. Kitchen features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, tons of cabinetry & big custom island overlooking enourmous family room & dining area. Large master suite w/ updated master bathroom. Three oversized bedrooms. Laundry room. Central A/C. Courtyard in front yard & gorgeous pool sized backyard w/ soaring palm trees. two car garage.

Sold for $590,000.

 

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69 H st
(Chula Vista)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Sold for $481,000.

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4175 Executive Dr G204
(La Jolla)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Resort style amenities within the heart of La Jolla & UTC! Secure and privately gated, this one bedroom condominium features a master bedroom with a covered patio and full walk-in closet. The kitchen has granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a breakfast bar overlooking the living areas. Laundry is conveniently located in-unit. This 2nd story condo is freshly painted and move-in ready. Garaged parking includes 2 tandem parking spots with secure 24/7 access.

Sold for $440,000.

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300 W Beech Street #206
(Downtown)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Peaceful views over looking quiet courtyard garden and water wall in heart of little italy! private covered patio for morning cappuccino and twilight happy hours! open floor plan with granite kitchen and bamboo floors! amenities include gym, pool, spa, bbq & billiards!

Sold for $430,000.

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5402 Balboa Arms Drive 444
(Clairemont)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

This family friendly 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo is an upstairs unit with privacy and lots of natural light. Large outdoor balcony space. Washer/Dryer inside the home. The kitchen has granite counter-tops and s/s appliances. separate dining area, counter-top space with barstools and multiple cabinets. The well maintained GATED complex includes a pool/spa/fitness room. There is one assigned parking spot. Walk to shops & restaurants.

Sold for $375,000.

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6602 Beadnell Way 28
(Clairemont)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Great unit located in the heart of Clairemont! Close to freeways, schools, shopping and only minutes away from La Jolla shores and Pacific Beach. This complex was recently remodeled with Dual Payne Vinyl Windows, Slab/Granite Counter tops & Back Splash, Stainless Steel Appliances, Natural Beachwood Cabinetry, Ceiling Fan, Sky Light, A/C w/ Remote Control. Centrally Located community, which is close to UCSD! This particular unit has a pool view, excellent light, and a giant full size mirror.

Sold for $255,000.

 

January 2020 Real Estate Market in Review

January San Diego real estate market in review: As of January 2020, the median detached home in San Diego County sold for $659,000 up 1.9% from the previous year.

Detached Median Sales

As of  January 2020, the median attached home (including condos, townhomes, and twinhomes in San Diego County sold for $430,000, up 2.4% from last year.

Attached Median Sales

The average detached home in San Diego spent 35 days on the market.

Avg Mkt Time Detached

Condos, twinhomes, and townhomes in San Diego spent an average of 33 days on the market.

Avg Market Time Attached

As of January 2020, the average seller of a detached home in San Diego County receives 97.5% of the original list price at the close of the sale.

Avg % Listed Detached

As of January 2020, the owners of attached properties (condos, twinhomes, and townhomes) retained 97.9% of the original list price.

Avg % Attached

The inventory of homes in San Diego County is low.

MOINV Detached

The supply of attached properties rose a little bit but still is also quite low.

MOINV Attached

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