Let’s Talk

Three Home Improvements that Deliver Great Value

by Four Sales on April 24, 2015

shutterstock_145024390When a remodeling frenzy hits a town, neighborhood or even a circle of friends, kitchens and bathrooms are often the targets. However, smart homeowners refuse to make a quick decision. They consider the lifetime benefits of any project, including the added convenience, pleasure, comfort and aesthetics as well as the increased value.These three diverse home improvements deliver those benefits in varying combinations. You’re certain to find a project that will ideally suit the needs of your family.

Entrance Upgrade

The home entryway is a frequently overlooked area when it comes to design and decor. Upgrading the entrance of your home is a fairly inexpensive way to turn a basic entryway into a luxurious foyer.

Upgrade your front door by switching out a solid panel door for a door with glass panes. This can be accomplished in one afternoon, and it’s the ideal project for a local handyman or a moderately experienced DIYer. If you have the desire to do more, you can enlarge the opening and install a door with side windows, though this may require an expert’s help.

Once your new door is in place, and light fills your entryway, you’ll be inspired to redecorate the area. This simple project delivers improved aesthetics and curb appeal every day. Plus, it helps your home show better if you decide to sell.

New Roof

A quality roof is another attribute buyers look for. When comparing two similar homes, many home buyers look for practical upgrades that not only enhance the appearance of a home but speak to the quality of a homes’ structural integrity. A solid roof on your home is a timeless improvement; however, there are a number of considerations and features when upgrading a roof that are unfamiliar to many homeowners.

For example, not all shingles are created equal. Some have fairly low life expectancies, while others come with lifetime warranties and include installation upgrades. Search for options like Lifetime Shingles from Champion Home Exteriors that provide improved attic ventilation and make a tremendous difference your home.

This type of quality roof will also prevent water damage and help keep attic temperatures down during the hot months, lowering utility bills and protecting the valuables and collectibles stored in your attic.

Attic Remodel

Now that we’re up in the attic let’s stay there to make our last home improvement. According to Houselogic.com, carving a room out of your attic is one of the smartest projects you can undertake. It lasts a lifetime and will never go out of style. We typically think of establishing another bedroom in a converted attic, and this can be one of the best uses for the space. If it’s big enough, it can even become a new master suite.However, some slightly less ambitious goals are also ideal for an attic conversion. If you need a good home office or would like to establish a home gym, your converted attic space would be perfect.

We won’t say that you shouldn’t consider a kitchen or bath remodel for your next home improvement project, but make sure these three projects are on your list when it’s decision time.

 

{ 0 comments }

4 Ways to Protect Your Backyard From Mother Nature

March 7, 2015

You’ve invested a lot into your backyard, including time and money spent on designing, landscaping, cleaning and weed pulling. Hundreds of record-low temperatures are being set across the country as the Siberian Express continues to pummel the central and eastern United States. Don’t let the winter freeze ruin all your hard work. Use these tips […]

Read the full article →

Top Tips to Protect Your Home & the Valuables in It

February 24, 2015

Manila folders, photo albums and plastic wrap—these were the typical methods used years ago to protect our sensitive files, family photos and cherished items. Of course, homes and their contents should be protected by lock and key, security systems and even a pet dog—but these may no longer be enough. Go further to protect for […]

Read the full article →

7 Steps to Take if Your Home is Burglarized

February 10, 2015

A home burglary can leave you feeling betrayed. Even if you carry a hefty homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy, there’s still a feeling of emptiness that can’t be explained. While it may take some time for the emotional wounds to heal, here are some immediate steps to take to soften the financial blow: Step 1: […]

Read the full article →

Staging Your House To Sell

January 30, 2015

Staging a home for sale is not the same as designing its interior for day-to-day living. As sales people, we are creating a visual story that will ultimately result in happy customers. According to the National Realtors Association, to best sell a house, we need it to be neat, neutral and detached from emotion. This […]

Read the full article →

4 All-American Guns for Collectors & Sellers

January 20, 2015

Firearms left to family members as part of an estate require a lot of paperwork to make a legal transfer. Depending on your state of residence, private sales can also be tricky, or as simple as exchanging the merchandise for cash. Before buying firearms from an estate sale, make sure you are familiar with state […]

Read the full article →

Home Insurance: Upgrades That’ll Cost You

January 13, 2015

When you decide to remodel your home, one of the main things to consider is how the change will add to the existing aesthetics. However, interior designers, as well as homeowners need to practice caution when using certain materials. Some materials and projects may add charm, but with a high price tag on your home […]

Read the full article →

Easy Indoor and Outdoor Home Improvements with Good ROI

December 10, 2014

When looking at making improvements to your home, one of the biggest factors to consider is your return on investment, or ROI. All projects cost money and the simple truth is that no home improvement is going to have a positive ROI just based on the way the home market works. But what you have […]

Read the full article →

Minimize the Damage: 5 Disaster Preparedness Tools

December 3, 2014

Don’t wait until you hear the weather forecast to prepare for the worst that nature throws at you during a natural disaster. By preparing before there’s a storm in sight, you can take the time to do your homework and get the best deals on the essentials needed to get you through any disaster and […]

Read the full article →

Home for the Holidays: 4 Changes to Make Your Home More Inviting

November 17, 2014

From cookie exchanges and cocktail parties to family dinners and out-of-town guests (and the occasional drop-by-unannounced ones), your home is the hub of December merrymaking. With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to consider what changes you can make to turn it into the perfect place to entertain guests. While you could easily rack […]

Read the full article →