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Posted by Pamela Bailey on 1/6/2021

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If you're getting ready to sell your home, then you might suddenly find yourself faced with deciding which home improvements are the best to tackle. Though it can seem like a hassle -- and it's going to cost you some time and money -- the reality is that even a few improvements could be beneficial. You might find that not only does your home sell more quickly than you expect but that the final sale price is above your listing price. 

1. Landscape Your Yard

Your home's exterior is the first thing interested homebuyers see when they show up so make sure the yard is welcoming. In addition to keeping the grass mowed, be sure that any trees and bushes aren't overgrown. Plant some perennials if your yard needs some color or put some in a couple of pots by the front door. 

2. Paint the Interior

Even though painting the interior of your home has one of the lowest costs of all home improvement projects, it also has a high rate of return. About 36 percent of homeowners decide to tackle this project. Be sure to opt for a neutral color though you might need assistance from a professional to determine what that is. It really depends on aspects like the flooring and cabinets, for example. Gray has been trending as a paint color for a number of years so it's a safe choice for interiors. 

3. Replace the Flooring

More than a quarter of home sellers decided to replace the flooring before putting their home on the market. Upgrading to wood or faux woods floors throughout your home has several advantages. It creates a seamless flow from one room to the next. The right kind of wood flooring is also easier to maintain than carpeting. 

If it's too costly to replace all the flooring in your home with wood, then new carpeting can still be a strong selling point. Just make sure that you choose a neutral color. 

4. Update the Bathroom

Did you know that your bathroom can make your house seem outdated? Adding a few new touches such as new cabinets, countertops, fixtures and flooring can breathe fresh life into one of the important rooms of the house. Just make sure to go with a minimalist look to make the room look bigger. 

Opting for any of the four home improvements noted above can really boost your return on your investment. If you aren't sure which project is the best one to tackle, ask a real estate agent. Their objective advice is grounded in the realities of what's selling in your area currently. 





Posted by Pamela Bailey on 4/15/2020

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Whether you want to sell or just want to live in a more luxurious environment, understanding some of the key details that make a luxury home what it is can help you make the most of a new purchase or even your current dwelling. High end homes are about more than just space -- a large home does not necessarily become luxurious, simply because of its size. Learning about some of the most common luxury upgrades allows you to make the most of your space or elevate a new purchase to create something truly spectacular. While every home is different, these types of upgrades are essential components of high end, luxury homes across the country. 

Luxury Upgrades your Home Doesn't Have...and Why you Need Them

Smart Tech: Smart thermostats are pretty mainstream at this point, but luxury homes are far more integrated and supported by technology. Consider upgrading by investing in an entire system with components that work together -- from your HVAC to your entertainment options and home operations. You'll love having a single interface for everything and being able to configure every aspect of your home to meet your specific needs. 

Cleaning Essentials: Central vacuum, laundry options on all floors and other high end perks do more than just help keep a home with multiple levels clean, it ensures that your space is ready for a staff or on-site team if you want them. Even if you don't use the space all that often or clean it yourself, the presence of these conveniences is a big plus when it comes to selling a high end home. High end buyers expect these details -- from docking stations for floor cleaners to dedicated spaces for cleaning staff and supplies, you'll find it easier to outsource home care when you have these essentials in place. 

Outdoor Entertaining Space: Whether you go for a full kitchen, opt for an oversized firepit and conversation area or simply create comfortable areas for dining and seating, the outside of your home is no longer just for playing games or gardening. Outdoor spaces have gone far beyond a few lawn chairs and a grill. Build an oversized firepit and surround it with comfortable seating -- complete with wool blankets or quilts for chilly nights. Need to have some digital entertainment, too? An outdoor movie zone, complete with pedestal or hanging lounges and built in snack bar is sure to please. One of the top luxury home trends addresses the outdoors and ensures that you and your guests can have a seamless transition from the inside. Up your entertaining game and upgrade that bland porch or patio to increase the value and luxury of your home. 

From elevated and luxurious living spaces to hotel-worthy conveniences, incorporating a few of these upgrades will make your own home an oasis of comfort -- and make it more appealing to buyers when it is time to sell. 




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Posted by Pamela Bailey on 2/13/2019

In the gray days of winter, everyone can benefit from some additional sunlight. Take advantage of the well-documented medical and psychological benefits of sunshine and the vitamin D it generates. Sure, you can open your windows, but then you lose that privacy. You can split the difference with a skylight or a light tube that allows light to come down from the roof of your home.

What is a Skylight?

A skylight is a window that opens up to the sky through the ceiling and roof of your home instead of out the side wall. Skylights come in a variety of styles from clear to frosted or patterned. Some even open and may include fans to help increase ventilation. Skylights must reach all the way through the roof to get access to that sunshine, so they require rooftop placement. That means single story properties can have kitchen skylights, but your two-story home limits skylights to upstairs bedrooms or an office. 

Skylights can be as simple or as fancy if you like. Just want some light? Go with a simple glass pane. Want some architectural detailing? Try a domed skylight or one with built-in shades or blinds. You can even get smart skylights that respond to apps on your phone or open and close on a schedule or with the predicted weather.

How about a Light Tube?

Light tubes differ from skylights because they reflect light down through a variety of tubes using mirrors. This structure removes the "view" element entirely and opens up a variety of locations that wouldn't work for skylights. One of the best features of light tubes is that the rooftop location doesn't have to be directly above the interior position. A lot of modern light tubes come with LED lights, so they work whether or not there is sunshine. Great places for light tubes include bathrooms, closets, and basically any dark niche. Light tubes that terminate in your walls instead of the roof open up lower or middle floors as well. 

Value and Energy

Properly installed skylights potentially decrease your energy costs by adding more natural light which means less electric light. However, if installed poorly, they can mess with your insulation increasing your heating and cooling costs. Always ensure you use the correct skylight for your home and weather. When you add a skylight correctly, it increases your homeís value. The best skylights protect the homeís energy efficiency and blend in well with the original design. You donít want your skylight looking like an afterthought.

Before you add skylights or light tubes to your home, talk to your real estate agent about what the actual market value increase will be and the best skylights to use.




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