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Posted by Marianne Avila on 9/22/2019

Homeowners make changes and improvements to their property for several reasons including to increase aesthetic appeal, provide mechanical upgrades, and boost the house's value. Regardless of your intentions, it is vital to know what your home needs so that you don't end up undertaking a project that is a waste of money and adds little utility or value. 

Before starting any house renovation project, make sure you carry out thorough research to see what improvements can raise your property value. Check out these home upgrades that would cost you a pretty penny but offer low returns when it is time to sell your home. 

Built-in aquariums

Building an aquarium into the wall or cabinets of your home will make your home look beautiful. However, these stunning upgrades can turn off potential buyers because not everyone wants to deal with the high cost of maintenance.

Swimming pool

As expensive as it is to install a swimming pool, it does not significantly increase the value of your property. A swimming pool requires constant attention and many home buyers can't deal with the upkeep. Apart from the high maintenance, home buyers that have little children see pools as a potential danger because of the fear of drowning accidents.

Built-in electronics

Having a floor-to-ceiling media center may look stunning and fit your love for big screens and entertainment, but some potential buyers may view it as a drain of energy costs and a waste of space. A high-end surround sound system or home theater doesn't work for everyone and may limit your pool of potential buyers. Besides, electronics change year to year, so anything you install will be out of date by the time you sell.

Home office

Even though freelancing is now common, and everybody seems to be working from home, adding a home office is a bad idea. Prospective buyers may be turned off by a room that can't function or substitute as an extra bedroom. However, if there is already a home office, keep the room simple; a chair, desk and good lighting are enough. Keeping the area simple will allow buyers to visualize the place for another purpose easily.

Luxurious bathroom 

Adding waterfall showers, imported tiles, hot tubs, steam room, or a sauna will cost you a lot of money but rather than attracting buyers, these luxuries will scare off many of them. You should consider doing more in the kitchen to which more buyers are likely to pay attention.

Installing an over-the-top chandelier

Every buyer wants to buy a home with bright light, but if you empty your wallet buying an expensive chandelier, you probably won't get a dime back. Chandeliers are something of a personal choice. You may spend thousands of dollars to install it, only to have it removed after you sold your home.

Consult your real estate agent to find out what home improvements are in high demand in your area before starting your next home renovation project.




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Posted by Marianne Avila on 3/3/2019

One of the most satisfying aspects of being a new homeowner is the process of "making it your own."

That could include everything from painting walls and hanging pictures to replacing window treatments and assembling shelves. (Then, of course, there's the unpacking, furniture arranging, organizing, and room cleaning!)

For some people, one of the biggest challenges in getting unpacked, set up, and fully decorated is keeping their motivation high. While momentum is usually highest during the first few weeks of living in a new home, a lot of distractions, interruptions, and competing priorities can quickly vie for your attention.

In addition to using good time management skills and setting self-imposed deadlines for getting projects done, here are a few other strategies for staying on track with your decorating and home improvement goals:

Purchase needed supplies ASAP: It's easy for a project to get derailed or put on the "back burner" when you don't have all the tools, supplies, and materials you need to get started. Painting walls and ceilings is the perfect example because you can't get fully underway until you have a variety of brushes, rollers, paint trays, drop cloths, painters' tape, and a sufficient supply of paint -- often more than one color. If you have holes or cracks to fill, you may also need additional supplies like joint compound, a putty knife, and sandpaper. When you have immediate access to all the supplies you need for a particular project, it eliminates potential delays, excuses for getting started, and interruptions in your work flow.

Arrange child care: Sometimes the best approach to keeping your children supervised and entertained while you're working on the house is to hire a responsible teenager to babysit. If you have one or more older children in the family who can help take care of the younger ones for a few hours, then that's even better. In either case, you'll be able to stay focused on the task at hand and get a lot more accomplished.

Make it a priority: The problem with continually postponing a home repair, a landscaping task, or a painting project is that weeks can easily turn into months! Before you know it, years have gone by and you still haven't organized your basement, cleaned out those clogged rain gutters, or applied a fresh coat of paint to your outdated bathroom walls. By blocking off a specific period of time for getting a project underway or completed, you'll be accomplishing your home maintenance goals and beautifying your home faster and more efficiently.

Commit it to writing: When you write yourself a reminder note, create a to-do list, mark it on your calendar, or even text your spouse about your plans to tackle the project on Saturday, you've increased the probability that it will get done. Verbally telling people about it, such as when they ask you what you're doing this weekend, will also help fuel your motivation and nudge you to get the job done in a timely way!





Posted by Marianne Avila on 6/18/2017

Want to show the full potential of your home's garage to prospective homebuyers? Embark on a garage renovation journey you'll be happy you did! With the right garage improvements, you'll be able to maximize the storage space at your disposal and make your house more attractive to homebuyers as well. So what does it take to transform your garage into a wonderful storage space? Here are three garage improvement tips that every home seller needs to know: 1. Declutter Immediately. Remember the old car parts, broken tennis racket and other clutter that fills your garage? Now is a perfect time to get rid of it, especially if you want to improve your chances of selling your home and free up space in your garage simultaneously. Decluttering your garage can be simple, particularly for a home seller who is focused on showing homebuyers just how much space his or her garage has to offer. Remember, one person's junk is another's treasure, and you may be able to sell some of the items in your garage online or as part of a yard sale. On the other hand, you can dispose of broken items in your garage, or you may be able to donate various items in your garage to a charitable organization. 2. Use All of the Garage Storage Space That Is Available. Don't be afraid to think outside the box to use all of the storage space in your garage. For instance, did you know that you can use ceiling hooks to hang a bike or canoe in your garage? That's right, and this creative use of storage space might help you optimize all of the garage space that is available. In addition, many home improvement retailers sell innovative storage solutions that you can use to maximize your garage storage space. And with state-of-the-art garage storage solutions like slatted hooks, you should have no trouble storing a wide range of items in your garage at all times. 3. Keep Your Garage Neat and Clean. Like every room in your home, your house's garage can make a difference in the eyes of homebuyers. Thus, you'll want to make it a neat, clean area, one that may help you generate interest from homebuyers. Ensuring anyone can enter and exit your garage easily is paramount. Furthermore, you may want to show homebuyers that your garage is capable of holding multiple cars and should try to highlight the ample amount of space it offers. Garage improvements usually offer substantial return on investment (ROI), particularly for a home seller who is operating on a budget. These repairs may enable you to enhance the appearance of your home without breaking the bank, and ultimately, speed up your chances of selling your residence. Take another step toward generating significant interest in your residence by embarking on a garage improvement journey. By completing the right garage repairs in a timely manner, you'll be better equipped to maximize the value of your house and spark interest among many homebuyers.







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