I spent a good bit of the day reconfiguring the old deck plan against the measured-out reality in the yard (and aligning to physics/building code) and creating a cut list for the lumber... we're getting closer.
It's summertime (well, almost) and we just wrapped the spring semester at school... and I'm looking at the list of summer projects. The deck tops the list — it's something that didn't get finished before the rain (and fall semester) started last year.
But now, I'm starting the project back up, re-checking measurements and plans and picking vendors.
Monique, at the newly revived Eichler Homes, is willing to front the cost of your renovation prior to sale...
For a lot of folks, something like this would be unnecessary, but for someone either not having access to immediate funds or who doesn't have the time or inclination to partake in the endeavor —like maybe the sale of a parent's outdated home or in lieu of a short-sale — something like this might work out well.
I'd imagine Monique would also insist on the listing, so part of the incentive for her would be the commission (and the higher the sale price, the more commission)... but you'd hire an agent anyway, so why not hire one with a real interest in your home?
The bonus for the Eichler community is that Monique has a genuine interest in the homes and communities surrounding them — which is why she made a movie about them. Not a lot of agents can claim that.