Builder in Seattle area? (Sell or rebuild?)

Amazon bafhkgf
Jun 25 16 Comments

Our house is very old. Everything works well and really there's no damage in it, but it's from 60s and very small. Not remodeled ever. Its value is basically in the land. It's one story, but from the roof there's partial view of the water. (i.e. rebuilding a two story house will have partial water view). We're planning to either sell it to a builder or find a good builder to rebuild for us.
Any good builder recommendations?
(People say most builders are not trustworthy, they miss their deadlines, switch to other tasks in the middle, don't do what were asked exactly, etc.)
Any tips are appreciated.
Location: South Kirkland (Houghton)
Lot: 8500 sqft
Value: 1M (basically the land value. The additions value is minimal)

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  • New / Other
    DuQvV7y

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    DuQvV7ymore
    This is less a financial decision than an emotional one.

    If affordability is not an issue, go the rebuild route. Knowing it will take quite a while to recoup your costs (builds ain’t cheap).

    My house was built in 1907, so, old is quite relative.

    Cheers.

    Edit, as a builder I can answer these:
    * most builders are not trustworthy: true
    * they miss their deadlines: yup
    * switch to other tasks in the middle: yes
    * don't do what were asked exactly: absolutely
    Jun 25 12
    • Microsoft FFSake
      Demolition quoted for 2100sqf was around 50k on education hill Redmond
      Jun 26
    • New / Other
      DuQvV7y

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      DuQvV7ymore
      The devil lies in the details.

      Does the $50k including capping off your utilities, demoing, and also excavating the existing foundation and backfilling with earth?

      If so, that’s a really good number. But I suspect it’s only demo+removal and not site prep.

      Cheers.
      Jun 26
    • Microsoft FFSake
      You might be right. I thought of reusing foundation but changing bones
      Jun 26
    • New / Other
      DuQvV7y

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      DuQvV7ymore
      If you’re going to reuse foundation, don’t demo. It’s not worth it. You can just do a major renovation instead.

      The permitting process and overhead for a rebuild is very (very) different than for a major renovation.

      Talk to a local builder. They can do the renovation in phases such that you don’t have to get tagged with a rebuild permit.
      Jun 26
    • Amazon bafhkgf
      OP
      DuQvV7y sounds exactly like what I've heard from people in the community (Seattle area).
      Jun 26
  • Microsoft / Eng lacroq
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    Jun 25 0
  • Amazon / R&D
    ps.ily

    Amazon R&D

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    ps.ilymore
    Curious what’s the value/sq ft?
    Jun 25 1
    • Amazon bafhkgf
      OP
      Updated the post.
      Jun 25