Archive for January, 2013

cost vs. usage

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Last week I went to give an estimate for an interior painting project. The client was so impressed by our web site and our testimonials that she decided to show me the unfinished basement in her house. She asked me to come up with some ideas to finish the basement on a tight budget but with the intent of gaining it back when they sell the house in a few years.. I used an analogy to make sure she got the picture. It is called cost per usage. Lets say you spend $10,000 on a master bathroom remodel. Since you use the bathroom many times during a day you will appreciate all the comfort and functionality that a desirable bathroom provides. Think of it in terms of heated tile floors or frameless shower glass door with a tile shower instead of fiberglass vs. spending the same amount of money on a guest room which is mostly unused except for a few guests a couple times a year. The $10,000 per usage in bathroom would be a better choice ($10,000 divided by number of times some one takes a shower, uses the toilet or the sink and the mirror). A $10,000 guest room upgrade is not going to pay for itself as much. Basically it should come to the simple question of what you would like to see in return for your money, time and the inconvenience having people working in your house.
Any money you spend on a master bedroom, bathroom or kitchen will pay you back since these are the high usage areas on each house .