Friday, December 6, 2019 / by Sara Koenig
Did you know that not all home renovations increase your property value?
Yep, that’s right! Some renovations can even hurt your property value. So whether you’re looking to make improvements to reflect the latest design trend or you just want to makeover a space to make it more functional for your current lifestyle, you’ll want to make sure the changes aren’t going to hurt your property’s resale value.
There are certain upgrades homeowners invest in, assuming it will increase the value of their home, when in reality it does the exact opposite. Can you imagine spending all of this money to renovate a space in your home only to realize that not only is there little return on investment but that it could actually hurt the value of your home? If any of these are on your home project “to-do” list, you might want to reconsider whether you’re thinking of selling or just looking to update your home.
For starters, believe it or not, there is ...
Thursday, December 5, 2019 / by Sara Koenig
What to know about your home and insulation
Insulation is a simple concept. It keeps your home warm in the winter, and it also keeps your home cool in the summer. This is an area of the home that often times gets over looked, and I see it time and time again during home inspections that insulation may not be doing the most efficient job possible. Here are a couple of things to think about when it comes to this area of your home and keeping it the most efficient.
Energy Efficiency Did you know that the insulation of your home makes up about 40% of its energy efficiency? Certain issues can negatively affect how efficient your insulation is such as Gaps, holes and other areas where air escapes. Insulation can also shift around when home owners are completing work, and it's important to fix this if you have been up in your attic to maintain the efficiency of your insulation.
Potential for mold issues Insulation, including fiberglass and cellulose, can pro ...
Thursday, December 5, 2019 / by Sara Koenig
Let's talk home renovations!!
This fact might surprise you: The average home improvement project does not tend to have a 100% return on initial investment. You might be thinking – why would I remodel then? The reasons range from the added enjoyment you’ll get from having that brand new kitchen to staying in line with other homes in the area who are investing in these upgrades. However, if you’re looking for a project with 100% ROI, these are some of the top options you should consider.
Upgraded Landscaping: Were you thinking I was going to say kitchen or bath? Surprisingly landscaping is a top runner for maximum return on investment. Your curb appeal is the first impression of your home so it makes sense that landscaping would have a good return. If your yard is one area your home is lacking, adding in some color and cleaning things up can make a big difference. Consider incorporating some flowering shrubs, large planters with bright flowers, fresh ...
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 / by Ariadne Gold
If you’ve decided to list your home and move on to the next adventure, there are some things you should do before putting your home on the market. This will make the sale process easier, and also ensure that you get the most for your home!
Buyers are generally un-imaginative. Its hard to see past clutter, and if your home isn’t organized it will look like there isn’t much storage. I would suggest renting a storage unit for a couple of months, and store anything that you don’t absolutely need for your day to day. The less stuff in your home, the better! Store any furniture that doesn’t add to the style. You could also hire a staging expert, who will help you decide what should stay and what should go, and how to decorate the home.
If you are still living in the home, use your current furniture to make it look its best.& ...
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 / by Amber Tice
Buyers can be fickle (and they should be) when it comes to buying a home. I think we can all agree that it is a huge investment. There are a lot of different things that can turn off a home buyer so I decided to give you one more list.
I would encourage you to open your mind when reading this list of items. These are just some of the things you can avoid when trying to sell. Avoiding these things will help you and everyone who looks at your home have a pleasant experience in the process.
Here are five more things that can turn off home buyers:
Overpricing: Overpricing your home is a huge turn off to home buyers. Most buyers are doing their research, and they should have a top-notch realtor who is educating them about home prices. Overpricing your home (in my opinion) is a time-wasting game. When you overprice buyers are just waiting for the price to drop. Even in a seller’s market. You will get more people looking at ...