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Maximizing Your Property Value: A Guide to Home Improvement in Vermont

Owning a home in Vermont is about more than just a place to live—Vermont is a place that's pretty hard to forget once you've been there. It's packed full of amazing landscapes - from the lush green mountains that look like something out of a fairy tale to the dazzling colors of the trees in the fall. And let's not forget the cool, clear lakes that sparkle under the summer sun. It's like a postcard come to life!Sky view of the view of the Burlington-Port Kent from North Street in Burlington, Vermont.

From charming colonial homes nestled in vibrant green valleys to modern lakefront properties offering breathtaking views, each home has its unique charm and potential. When you own a house, one of your primary responsibilities, and indeed opportunities, is to continually enhance your home’s potential.

At Geri Reilly Real Estate, we really love Vermont's cool landscapes, towns, and houses - that's why we do what we do! Our passion and mission to showcase the best of what Vermont has to offer, and to provide the best services and support to our clients has remained unchanged throughout the years. So, Whether you're looking to sell or simply seeking to make your living experience more “you”, these insights will help you make the most of your home. 

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Preserving Historical Charm in Colonial Homes and Farmhouses

The Vermont real estate landscape is often characterized by its charming colonial homes, quaint farmhouses, and modern lakefront properties. Each home type, with its unique architectural style and historical context, calls for a different approach to home improvement.

        Sky View of 20 Greenbush Road in Charlotte, Vermont. The red farm house is located on 18+ acres of land.

For colonial homes and farmhouses, maintaining the property's historical charm while introducing modern conveniences can be a delicate balancing act. Focus on upgrades that preserve the character, such as refinishing original hardwood floors or restoring original fixtures, while improving essentials like electrical, heating, and plumbing systems. Energy efficiency is another factor Vermont buyers are keen on, so consider going solar. You have many options to choose from in Vermont including SunCommon and Vermont Energy, don’t forget to check out the Vermonter's Guide to Residential Solar to ensure you are up to date with the latest tips and policies for a solar installation.

Modern properties, particularly those on Vermont's lakefronts, demand a focus on maximizing the view and outdoor living spaces. Consider deck improvements, landscape gardening, or even the addition of a dock. Inside the home, open-concept living spaces and large windows are highly desirable. Contemporary buyers are also increasingly drawn to smart home features, from thermostats and security systems.

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Quality and Craftsmanship is The Hallmark of Vermont Homes

No matter the style of your Vermont home, any improvement project should prioritize quality. Vermonters are known for their appreciation of craftsmanship and durability. Choose high-quality, long-lasting materials that will withstand Vermont's four-season climate. If a project is beyond your DIY skills, hire a professional contractor known for their workmanship like our affiliates Grinnel Electric, Vermont Stone & Horticulture, or Budget Blinds of Colchester. Additionally, you can take a look at top Vermont contractors known for their workmanship like Haven Design + Building, Patterson and Smith, or  Newschool Builders to name a few from General Contractor Magazine’s Best General Contractors in Vermont list.

        A room turned into a office with a blue chair, paired with a wooden desk that doubles as library and storage for knickknacks.

Navigating Permits and Regulations for Home Improvement

It's worth noting that permits are often required for home improvement projects in Vermont, particularly for structural changes and new construction. Be sure to consult with a local expert or your real estate agent to understand the local regulations and permitting process.

        General contractors working on completing the final touches to a house build. 2 people in hard hats work together to carry a sheet of plywood into the worksite.

Home improvement is not merely about maintaining a property; it's about creating a living space that caters to contemporary needs while respecting Vermont's rich architectural history. With thoughtful upgrades and quality workmanship, homeowners can not only enjoy their improved living spaces but also realize significant returns when it comes time to sell. Every nail, paint stroke, and installed fixture is a step towards increasing the value and appeal of your home in the green mountains.

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The trend of remote work has also made home offices a high-demand feature in Vermont homes. An improvement project that transforms unused space into a quiet, well-equipped home office can significantly increase your property's value. 

When designing a home office, it's crucial to consider the needs of the modern professional. A well-equipped home office should have adequate space for a desk and comfortable chair, sufficient lighting, and access to electrical outlets for charging electronic devices. If possible, try to choose a room with a window, as natural light can help reduce eye strain and boost mood and productivity.

Moreover, it's important to ensure the space is quiet and private, enabling focused work without interruptions. Soundproofing methods, such as installing noise-reducing windows or adding insulation, can be valuable upgrades. Additionally, built-in storage for office supplies, bookshelves for reference materials, and a dedicated spot for a printer or other necessary equipment can transform a standard room into a high-functioning office space.

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