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Answering the Question: "Should We Remodel?"

By David Domenichini

There are many reasons that people remodel their homes. Here are a few common motivations:

“Hey, Hon, let’s sell the home!”

People who want to get the most from their investment realize that performing what we call “lipstick and mascara” goes a long way. By conducting relatively inexpensive repairs, you can maximize your return. Items include recessed lighting, crown molding, touch-up painting, new interior raised panel doors, swapping outdated fixtures, etc.

“Hey, Hon, I can’t wait to move into our new home!”

It makes sense to perform certain improvements before the furniture is moved in. Common trades that should be performed prior to moving in are interior painting, flooring, windows, and doors. These items can usually be performed in 2 to 3 weeks so that the move-in delay would be minimal. If the kitchen and/or bath(s) need remodeling and there is time to perform these projects prior to moving in, then this is the best time to do it!

“Hey, Hon, the kids are gone; now it’s OUR time!”

Many folks have lived in their outdated home for several years and one day find themselves “empty nesters.” The kids are off to live their lives, and now it’s time to finally make those changes they have considered for many years.

How much do remodeling projects cost? And how long do they take?

I love watching home improvement programs on cable TV. Where else can you get a complete kitchen remodel in a weekend? Or build a new home in one week! And many times, these jobs are done for free! Wouldn’t that be nice?

Here are some actual average labor costs for common remodeling projects and typical job durations to consider:

Project Avg. Labor Cost Time

Bathroom $18,500 3 weeks

Master bathroom $27,380 4 to 5 weeks

A major kitchen remodel $72,520 5 weeks

Dual pane windows & patio doors $11,100 1 to 2 weeks

Primary bedroom addition (300 sq. ft.) $121,600 14 to 18 weeks

We also have some additional information on typical job costs for common projects such as kitchens, bathrooms, and whole-home remodels on our Planning Your Remodeling Project page.

Although home improvement television programs often have unrealistic budgets and timelines, they are entertaining and can be informative. Consumers can learn new style trends and get great ideas. And this can often create that spark that gets the ball rolling.

Here are some good reasons to consider remodeling during the winter:


During the winter months, you may find that your contractor has more time to work with you in planning and designing your project. This would be a good time for refining the details before the work begins. This process may take longer as work picks up for your contractor in the spring.

Avoid Price Increases:

Winter is the time to look for and take advantage of reduced prices. Manufacturers sometimes feature special offers to reduce inventory. Typically, we experience price increases for lumber products, windows, and cabinets in the spring.

Outdoor Projects:

Although people don’t often think of doing outdoor projects in the winter, in California, we are blessed with good weather and are often able to perform outdoor work year-round. This could be a good time to start that outdoor kitchen or entertainment area!

David Domenichini is the owner and proprietor of D.R. Domenichini Construction, an award-winning kitchen and bath remodeler in Morgan Hill serving all of Santa Clara County. He brings nearly 30 years of experience to his family-owned and operated business. David resides in the Morgan Hill area with his wife, Gina, who owns Studio 38 Designs, an award-winning kitchen and bath interior design studio.


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