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Posted by Marianne Avila on 11/8/2020

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Many homeowners spend thousands of dollars on improvements and upgrades only to find out that the return on their investment (ROI) is less than $1 to $1. That means that for every dollar spent, the selling price of their home does not go up a corresponding dollar. In fact, very few home improvements offer a dollar for dollar increase in price.

What some improvements accomplish, however, is a reduction of time that your home spends on the market. When calculating overall costs, a quicker sale can save you several additional mortgage payments on your home.

In-Home Improvements

If you intend to live in the house for some time, make the improvements that give you pleasure in your home. Renovate the house to meet your needs and improve your life. If you’re renovating just to sell, unless you bought the home as the lowest-priced house in a highly desirable market, redoing the kitchen and bath won’t always pay for themselves. However, they will make the home more attractive to buyers and give you a leg up on the competition.

Adding a room and increasing square-footage usually improves the home’s value. This means converting an attic or basement might be a better use of your funds. Adding a second bathroom also garners a buyer’s attention. But turning a garage into a family room could backfire on you if buyers treasure a garage more than the extra space. Before undertaking a garage conversion, speak with a knowledgeable real estate agent in that area to see which option buyers most often request.

Curb appeal Improvements

When choosing improvements for resale, adding to the curb appeal gives you the most bang for your buck. Replace street-view garage doors with carriage-house style or modern minimalist options and update the front door to match. Clean out flower beds, replant them, and trim them with stone edging. Keep bushes and hedges trimmed and prune trees to keep them healthy.

Circulation Improvements

Old homes in areas where air conditioning was an afterthought benefit from adding attic fans and insulation to improve the cooling properties. Also, when possible, install a whole house fan (different from an attic fan) as it offers superior circulation for a small investment and makes the lack of central air conditioning less noticeable.

Your professional real estate agent is your best resource to learn what’s selling in homes in your neighborhood.




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Posted by Marianne Avila on 7/19/2020

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Those considering the sale of their home will often consider the return on investment (ROI) of any such improvement. You don't, after all, want to spend $20,000 on a major improvement that will likely only see a $5,000 payback after the sale. But improvements also have other benefits. For one, they can help sell a home more quickly, and in real estate, time is money. There's another benefit as well. Certain upgrades can help widen the appeal of a home. This makes your home more appealing to wider audience, or even a target audience. 

Here are some improvements to consider for those who want to broaden the appeal of their home.

Home Security

Home security has become an increasingly significant factor for homebuyers. Security ranges from heavier entrance doors to deadbolts and security window glass. It can also include a security or camera system. Improving security can also save you and any future owner on home insurance premiums and that appeals to everyone. 

Making a Home More Accessible

Accessibility doesn't just appeal to those who are handicapped. It is appealing to seniors, senior caregivers and to those who simply want a home that is safer and more easily navigable. This can include use of handrails in bathrooms, taller toilets, rocker electrical switches, wider doorways where practical and other conveniences. 

"Smart" Features

Smart features in a home have become more commonplace and now appeal to a wider audience than just young buyers. Everyone is beginning to see the value and convenience of smart thermostats, lighting and security features. Even small conveniences like adding USB capable outlets can broaden the appeal of a home. 

Make It Turn-Key

Unless a buyer is purchasing a home to "flip", the majority are in search of a home that is ready to move in. Take care of the small stuff like dripping faucets, stuck windows and creaky steps. First time homebuyers, for example, have waited longer to buy a house because many didn't want the "burden" of home ownership repairs. You can ease these fears and broaden your home's appeal by making it "move-in" ready. 

Ask Yourself This Question:

Odds are you have created a living space that appeals to you. The question to now ask is "What can I do to broaden the appeal of this house?" What would make it attractive to those who may be younger or older than you? How can you improve upon its strengths and minimize its weaknesses? Look at your home with the "fresh eyes" of a potential buyer. Even a wall phone in the kitchen can make a home look outdated. 

Broadening the appeal of your home can help you sell it faster at a more appealing price. Avoid stereotyping your home and its potential audience. 





Posted by Marianne Avila on 4/5/2020

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One of the clear benefits of siding is to protect both the exterior and interior of the home. This protection is mainly against harsh elements. There are many siding options from which to choose, but the standard siding choice is vinyl siding. Homeowners looking to add this feature to their home will enjoy many benefits such as: 

Durability

Vinyl is extremely durable and long-lasting when professionally installed. Vinyl siding does not rust, corrode, or warp, and its design withstands the harsh elements. Another feature that makes vinyl siding a good possibility is it's impervious to pests, such as termites. Also, it is moisture resistant, unlike wood that is prone to rot or split.

Affordability

Another compelling reason why homeowners choose vinyl siding is the cost. Compared to other siding styles, vinyl is the least expensive, with a modest maintenance cost to boot. 

Low maintenance

The overall cost of maintaining vinyl siding is inexpensive. There is no need to paint, scrape, or apply a stain year after year. All you need is a gentle clean once a year with water and a mild mold remover or use a power washer to remove built-up mud and dirt.

Improve home value

Vinyl siding significantly increases your homes' equity. It beautifies the exterior of your home. It doesn't peel, chip or flake, which helps your home look well-maintained all the time. It can also improve your home’s value in the marketplace.

Quick installation

Vinyl siding is lightweight and often comes with pre-drilled holes for easy installation. As a result, the time required to install vinyl siding is minimal compared to the other options.

Color choices

Vinyl gives homeowners an extensive collection of options. It comes in a variety of colors and textures. Choose from narrow gauge triple-lap clapboard designs to wide-gauge Dutch-lap, faux-stone, or staggered shake styles. 

Vinyl siding is the best when looking for an excellent siding choice that is durable, affordable and easy to maintain. Visit your local building store to get more information about vinyl siding or consult with your home contractor for a recommendation.





Posted by Marianne Avila on 1/19/2020


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A transitional bathroom is a popular design trend that is a cross between modern and traditional. What are the key features of a transitional bathroom?

  • A combination of two styles: A transitional bathroom can have different meanings to different people. Usually, it is a mixture of a recent era with the current era. It boasts of clean lines, with a warm and comfortable design.

  • Easy to access: A transitional bathroom also refers to a design that gives homeowners safety and accessibility. Grab bars installed near the bathtub or shower are installed as much for style as they are for safety. Handheld shower sprays and bench seats are common additions as well as mirrors and other fixtures placed low for use from a seating position or a wheelchair.

  • Safe but stylish: A transitional bathroom is visually appealing and can make you feel safe and comfortable regardless of your physical ability or age. The grabs bars in a transitional bathroom are decorative and at the same time can prevent a fall. A built-in bench within a shower stall can serve as a seat if you are unable to stand due to injury or a foot prop for shaving your legs. Also, the handheld showers will come handy if you wish to bathe seated, wash your pet, or clean the shower.

  • Sleek design: The sheer beauty of a transitional bathroom is one reason it is so popular. They offer luxurious space where you can relax and unwind without the expense or inconvenience of leaving your home.

  • Storage and workspace: The vanity and cabinets in transitional bathrooms are distinctive. They are free-standing or built-in, with recessed panels and several drawers. The transitional bathroom incorporates painted wood with decorative hardware.

  • Countertops and sinks: In a transitional bathroom, the countertop, sinks, and faucet tend to be granite, marble, quartz, or quartzite. A transitional bathroom uses the newest faucet design trend like motion and touch-control. Popular finishes for transitional bathrooms include matte, polished, and satin.

  • Colors and flooring: Flooring options for transitional bathrooms might be stone tile, ceramic, porcelain, luxury vinyl, marble, or wood. On colors, transitional bathrooms have a light and soft feel: whites, grays, beiges, blues, and silvers are the most common color choices. 

If you looking to incorporate transitional style into your bathroom, contact your local interior designer for more ideas and cost estimates. If you’re looking to sell, ask your realtor if upgrading to a transitional bath is a potential selling point.





Posted by Marianne Avila on 8/11/2019

The interior look of your home says a lot about you; it tells of your kind of style, your personality, and your taste. From the living room to the kitchen, to the bedroom, your signature gets imprinted on all the designs used. Every other year, there are new styles and designs for decorating and furnishing your home. This year is no different; and new techniques promise to make for exciting home designs.

Designers and manufacturers are making patterns and fabrics in bolder and captivating colors; the idea is to select designs that are classic and beautiful - at the same time blending with your personal style. 

Here are trends and style you should look out for this you for your home decorating:

Boldly Patterned Kitchen Design

Gone are the days where there are specific colors apportioned to a different part of the house, the kitchen all painted in white - looking like a hospital wall. The trend for this year is a kitchen personalized with designs that blend flawlessly into other parts of the home. 

More Emphasis on Nature

Using natural items in design and style is on the uprising. Tables made from petrified woods; stools wrapped up in coconut shell beads, chair patterns mimicking a wheat field; everywhere you turn, the design now seems to be screaming nature. 

Splashes of Hue

The millennial pink color seems to be the ‘new black,’ the color tone is cropping up everywhere and in most designs. From rugs splashed with this dusty hue to drapery and upholstery, the color doesn’t seem to be going away soon. The color has a flattering look and is thought to have a lasting effect on the mind. 

More About Your Personality

The present generation doesn’t seem to have issues embracing their differences; they wear it proudly like a badge. Home designs for this year are more about individual personality and less about what trend is in vogue. More people are buying the idea of various colors and patterns in their homes; they want their homes to have stamps of their personality everywhere you turn. An example is mixing furniture styles from different periods in your living room; it’s considered charming and your personal style. 

Maximalist Trend

The style for this year is kicking out simplistic and minimal designs which some consider boring. Welcome bright and bold colors, graphic patterns, embellished, maximalist and hand-crafted designs. Don't be shy about mixing patterns, textures or colors as these are becoming the norm in most homes. Hardware designs are not left out as leather will replace brass and rose gold. 

This year’s home decorating trend is all about you. Whatever style suits your personality is what you should have in your home. You can also consult an interior decorator to get a professional opinion.







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