Saturday, March 16, 2019 / by Nicolette Samash
You’ve purchased your new home and now you are ready to start making it your own, yay! Or, you have purchased your first starter home/investment property and are going to start putting work into it so you can get the best return when you go to sell. Regardless of the circumstances there are certain scenarios when doing updating/remodeling on your home that will require you to get the proper permitting. Building permits are authorizations written by the city or county signing off that the work being done has been completed according to code.
This is important because if the work is not done according to code it will likely be flagged by the home inspector or appraiser when you are going to sell. If you don’t acquire the proper permitting upfront than it can become a big issue later, requiring work that was completed to have to be torn out. It is also important for outbuildings that could potentially need to be removed if it isn’t done according to code and correct pe ...
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 / by Pamela Glende
You’re thinking about getting your home on the market? Are you wondering what you should do before listing it? Are you wondering what you could do to get the best price for your home? Maybe you are thinking about a kitchen remodel? A Bathroom remodel? You’re asking yourself will you get your money back in the sale?
My advice would be no. Don’t do a kitchen remodel unless you are planning to stay in the home. You’re not going to get that money back out. That being said, there are some things you could do in your home to make it more appealing to buyers. There are some easy fixes and less expensive repairs to help your home sell.
In the kitchen for instance, perhaps your appliances are very old? Spend a little money and replace those old outdated appliances with some new ones. Stainless appliances are very popular right now.
Wipe down those cabinets, maybe change out the hardware. Maybe change out the sink or put a new faucet in. Mayb ...
Thursday, February 28, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
Thinking about updating your kitchen or bathroom before placing your home on the market, you can't go wrong with granite, quartz, and artistic stone tile. The natural look of stone enhances the beauty, function, and value of your project. Stone comes in endless styles and colors, making it a perfect match to any decor while adding a rich feel and providing durable elegance and style.
Every project is different and there are no set rules when choosing the materials and finishes. If the desired effect is a clean and modern look, quartz is generally a good choice. Whatever material you choose for your countertop, a new trend which I have seen in some homes, is mitering the corners with a waterfall end to the cabinets for a super sleek contemporary look.
Additionally, backsplashes are a wonderful way to add texture and different sheens (matte vs. polished) these are an option instead of a change in color. Try a larger glass block or subway tile for a dramatic change. ...
Saturday, February 23, 2019 / by Dennis Isip
Over the past few years, two trends have emerged in the housing market:
Home renovations have shot up
Inventory of homes available for sale on the market has dropped
A ‘normal’ housing market is defined by having a 6-month supply of homes for sale. According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors, we are currently at a 4.4-month supply. In Spokane, we have been at a historical low of 1 month of inventory throughout the entire year of 2018.
This low inventory environment has many current homeowners worried that they would be unable to find a home to buy if they were to list and sell their current houses, which is causing many homeowners to instead renovate their homes in an attempt to fit their needs.
According to Home Advisor, homeowners spent an average of $6,649 on home improvements over the last 12 months. If that number seems high, it also includes homeowners who recently bought fixer-uppers.
A new st ...
Thursday, February 21, 2019 / by Jennifer Gilbertz
2019 our culture is hyper focused on capturing the beauty of every moment and striving for this ideal of perfection in our lives and in our homes. Millennials are flocking to Instagram to document and compare their lives to the multitudes of others in this rat race of keeping up with the Jones’. Today’s real estate market is no exception to the rule and its smart to gear your homes decor and curb appeal to appeal to the masses. Currently the millennials are becoming one of the fastest growing consumers in the real estate market and in order to cater to millennial tastes here are a few tips to get you on the fast track to having a Pinterest/Instagram worthy abode.
Let’s start with what buyers will notice first, curb appeal. Curb appeal sets the tone for the entire showing. If your home lacks curb appeal or is in bad condition buyers will assume the outside of your home will reflect the interior. You want to have your best ...