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Get the Highest Return on Your Home Improvements!

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Whether you want to sell your house or just freshen up your home, summer is here and it’s the perfect time to make those improvements. However, you want to make sure that you have a plan and can get the best return for your investment. Remodeling a home is a quite daunting task but often making smaller improvements/replacements will generate a higher return and drastically change the appearance of your house.  Make sure to look up and familiarize yourself with current market trends before you start.  Listed below are some easy home improvement ideas that won’t break the bank!

  • Reinvigorate Your Curb Appeal!
    • Paint or replace your garage door and front door. These will have a big impact on making the house standout but can also be done in just one weekend.
    • Replace exterior hardware like door handles and house numbers.
    • Make sure the yard looks neat and landscaped
      • Plant some native plants so you won’t have to worry about watering them or lots of maintenance.
  • Swap out old single pane windows
    • Swapping your windows out for dual paned ones will not only make your house look fresh but will also help lower heating and cooling costs!
  • Create living space outdoors
    • Decks are both fun and functional! They are also a great selling feature for any home.
  • Replace your kitchen appliances
    • Nice new appliances look great and will often be more energy efficient allowing you to save a little on your electric bill!
  • Swap out old flooring
    • New carpet is always a great selling feature
    • For tiled surface you can elect to paint it rather than replacing it. Ask at your local hardware store about what type of paint would work great for your tile.
  • Upgrade your bathroom
    • Not ready for a major overhaul? Replace the faucets, light fixtures, towel bars and mirror.
  • Add built in storage
    • Don’t forget all your nooks and crannies, these are excellent places to add more storage.
    • Revamp closets with new shelves and places to hang items
    • Add workbenches and built in storage to basements and garages – you’ll have room to work on your projects and places to keep your extra materials
  • Repaint!
    • An inexpensive and cheap way to drastically change the feel of a space
    • Use Behr’s color of the year, In the Moment – a cool, calming blue hue, to create a relaxing feel in bedrooms.  It goes great with crisp whites and neutral color palates.
    • Don’t forget the outside of your house, even if you’re not ready or able to afford fully repainting the house repaint the trim and shutters.  It will revive the house and help up its curb appeal.

While it may seem intimidating to take on the tasks above to help refresh your home break it down into smaller tasks.  Each weekend can be for a different task and before you know it everything will be done!

Colchester Open House - Sunday 5/27, 1-3PM

This Sunday, May 27, 2018 from 1:00-3:00 PM, Geri Reilly Real Estate is hosting an Open House! Join us in Colchester. Stop by to say "hi" and take a look around!

We look forward to seeing you there!

65 Turquoise Drive, Colchester


Charming 4BR/2.5BA home in convenient Colchester location. Spacious living room with gas fireplace and bay window, kitchen with upgraded appliances, dining room with atrium door to back deck, deep backyard with shed plus 2 car garage. Walk to Thayer beach & bike path!


MLS# 4693809 / $375,000

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St. George Open House - Sunday 2/25, 1-3PM

This Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 1:00-3:00 PM, Geri Reilly Real Estate is hosting an Open House! Join us at 392 Forest Road in St. George. Stop by to say "hi" and take a look around!

We look forward to seeing you there!

392 Forest Road, St. George

New Listing!

Beautiful country home nestled on 1.84 acres with babbling brook and seasonal waterfall surrounded by nature, tranquility and privacy, both the house and garage melt into the picturesque surroundings. Open floor plan with upgraded kitchen including quartz counter tops and maple cabinets, mudroom with lots of built-ins and laundry, family room with loft area, dining with wood stove and beautiful wood floors, don't miss the 4 season sunroom with lots of glass overlooking the outdoors. Lots of natural woodwork and windows. Easy floor plan with lots of room and storage. Insulated 2 car garage/barn with wood stove and finished rec room/studio 35'x17'. Stone walkways, treehouse, and hot tub all for you! Hike, ski, or bike right out your door! Conveniently located for easy access to South Burlington, Williston, or Hinesburg.

MLS# 4677810 / $475,000

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