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Subject: Re: Stay put in existing house, or move? Date: 4/18/2013 4:28 AM
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Well in your OP the only things you really highlighted as negatives about your home were stated as: "We will need to replace the roof, and the deck. We might have to update another bathroom."

Now you're saying it's not that but instead: "a private or semi-private yard" and "a more practical kitchen".

Have your priorities changed or are these new requirements in addition to the original ones?

In any event...

You'll have to either knock down the price for the roof and deck or do it anyway for resale so those repairs are a wash -- they'll be paid for one way or another.

A bath which isn't "updated" isn't really a problem as, by implication, you're saying it works fine but it just isn't "pretty". Shop carefully and pick up fixtures at a Goodwill ReStore or on craigslist -- shouldn't cost too much for fixtures. Tile is another story though you can sometimes get good deals on the tile itself (installation never seems cheap).

Without knowing what about your kitchen makes it less than totally "practical", it's hard to say how complicated/expensive that would be.

As for the yard, the cost depends on the siting of the house, the lay of the land, and just how much privacy you want. There are a number of relatively fast growing trees/shrubs which can provide screening. There's also the option of fencing.

But in all honesty, have you already made up your mind?
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