Buying Back Our Deck

Last week we bought back our deck from the developers that purchased out old house and land. If you read one of my previous posts, Overcapitalization vs. Life Style, we paid about $20,000 to get the deck put onto our house a year and a half ago. Well, we just bought it back for $1000! Pretty crazy eh?

We have not yet been quoted on the removal and then re-installation costs by our builder, but it should come in at a lot less than the original $20,000.

Overcapitalization vs. Life Style

We are having to be quite careful we go about renovating our house. You quite often hear about this issue when you look at spending any substantial amount of money on a house, so I wanted to put down some of what I think about it here.

For us it’s a bit of a balance between overcapitalising and life style.  On our first house we spent about $20,000 on a deck that a few people, including my dad, told us was over capitalising.  I think that if we lived anywhere else other than in the tropics they would have been right.  Here in Townsville though the deck takes on the roll of a second living area and a true extention of our house, which is why we want to add one to the new house as soon as we can.  For us this is a big life style issue

If we were purchasing this house with the plan to be out of it within only a couple of years then our plans would be significantly different that what we actually have.  Our primary focus would be on getting the most financial return, or Return of Investment (ROI) for our money, rather than what we are going for, which is the best life style that we can have within our limited budget.

The article linked to below gives a bit of insight into what they think offers good return for investment with houses.

The ROI of Remodeling in 2005 |

“Our Abode” by Tamara

Although I have not yet been able to talk Tamara into writing on this site she has written an article on our Reef to Outback staff page. She’s got a few pictures on there (which makes me feel slack about not putting enough on here) and has also written a bit about the move will mean to us and all that will be involved with it.

Link: Tamara’s Article: “Our Abode

Tamara is a much better writer than I am so I hope that you enjoy her article.  While you are there maybe you could drop her a message through the “Contact Me” page to encourage her to add to this site…

Moving Date Set!

We’ve booked tickets for Tamara and Caleb to fly down to Adelaide for about two weeks from December 31 – January 12. While they are down there I will be taking the time to move from our old house to our new one. As well as moving I’ll also be finishing up some of the work that I need to on the house before they get home. Hopefully with them not here I will be able to get a lot more done and it should alleviate some stress.

I’m going to rent a moving truck and a bunch of people from work are going help me with the house move, which will be good. Last time I got help moving though a lot of our furniture ended up getting scratched up, so I will be a bit more picky about who I get to help out this time. Then again, beggars can’t be choosers