Real Estate Tips

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!

8 Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal this Spring

Spring is here and with it arrives a fresh, welcome change. This brings a great opportunity to boost your home's curb appeal. Even if you are not looking to sell this season the infographic below offers great insight for sprucing up your home's exterior. Nothing feels better than hitting the refresh button! Check out the tips below for the best ways to renew your home's outer glow.


Spring is in the air, and so is Spring Cleaning!

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It's that time of year again - spring cleaning! Deep cleaning your home during the change of seasons is especially important if you are looking to sell. Buyers will take note, and it will help your home stand out among the competition. A fresh home is an inviting home! Use the tips below to give your home the spring makeover it craves.


The first thing buyers will notice is the exterior of your home. Make sure the lawn is manicured, shrubbery is trimmed, and flower beds have been weeded. Rake leaves and debris away. If applicable, plant fresh spring flowers such as daffodils. Not only will this add a pop of color to your home's exterior but will also help draw buyers in. Power wash the exterior of your home - winter brings with it dirt and debris that can pile up over time. Wash the outside of your windows to help bring more light into your home. Walkways should be free and clear of any clutter or debris - if necessary make any repairs that will help enhance their appearance and accessibility. Repaint the exterior as necessary as any chipping or worn paint will ward potential buyers away. Stage the yard by putting out a fresh patio set, grill, etc. to help the buyer imagine themselves unwinding after a long day. If you have a pool or hot tub, make sure that it is free and clear of any dirt, debris, algae, and any other winter yuck that may have accumulated.


The next step is to make sure the interior of your home stacks up. Your home needs to smell fresh! Put a quarter of a lemon down the disposal to get rid of any left over odors. You can rid your fridge of any smells by soaking a cotton ball or two in vanilla and placing inside. Make sure to wash the windows from the inside and switch heavy drapes out for sheers to enhance lighting. Scrub down all baseboards and clean walls where necessary. Steam clean your carpeting and shine up your hardwood and tile. Free your home of clutter by putting away everything except necessities. This will allow your home to feel more spacious and inviting to the buyer. Take whatever steps are necessary to deep clean your home - your effort will be well worth it!