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Boost Your Home Value

6 Dec

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How to choose the right HOME upgrades


If you’re contemplating a home improvement, it can be helpful to know which projects give you the highest Return on Investment (ROI). Keep in mind though, while you may want to focus your efforts on more valuable upgrades, don’t totally discount others if you plan on staying in your home for a while. Here are some of the most profitable home improvements:

Kitchen/bath remodel
Boost Value2Without a doubt, kitchen and bath remodels are the most valuable investments, bringing in ROIs often exceeding 100%. In fact, an additional bathroom offers more than twice the return as a new bedroom!

 

Some improvements pay off more than others


Boost Value3Refinished wood flooring
By refinishing your hardwood floors, it’s possible to recoup 100% of the costs. However, installing brand-new flooring has only a slightly lower return.

Energy efficient windows
Besides increasing the value of your home, energy efficient windows save you heating and cooling costs throughout the year. Even better, install energy efficient cellular shades, too, for even more savings.

First impressions are everything

Paint
Boost Value4When painting the interior of your home, concentrate on high-traffic areas like your kitchen and bathroom. If the exterior of your home has ever been painted, you’ll need to repaint before you sell – but touch-ups may be enough.

 

 

Wood deck addition
While the value of a deck varies by region, wood decks typically bring in the highest
Boost Value5recoup value nationally – although, composite decks recoup only slightly less. Just remember that a wood deck requires a lot of upkeep.

As a general rule, if your home is already in good shape, focus on projects that will improve its appearance. First impressions are everything!

Adding a Kitchen Island

14 Aug

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Enhance your Kitchen

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Kitchen islands often become the focal point of social gatherings.

We all know that the kitchen becomes the center of almost any fun gathering of family and friends and an island is at the center of that social experience!

An island (or peninsula) should add functionality and efficiency to your kitchen. At the same time, its look and size provides an anchor to your kitchen and often a dividing line between the kitchen itself and the living space around it.

Consider all purposes

When you plan your island, consider all purposes you want or need, including:

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Adding an island allows you to add another sink to your kitchen.


– A second sink, stove-top or oven
– A wine refrigerator
– Extra counter space
– Extra storage, which can be closed cabinets, open storage or both
– Extra seating for casual meals, kids’ homework or guests to hang out while you cook

Design Ideas

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Enhance your kitchen island with interesting bar stools and pendant lighting.

Think of these choices when designing your kitchen island:
– Use the same cabinet color and countertops as the rest of the kitchen or a contrasting color and style
– Add interesting bar stools and beautiful pendant lighting
– Create a shape that complements your floor plan and allows enough space to move around (and open dishwasher and oven doors completely)
– Add open shelving above your island to display your cookbooks or your most beautiful glasses and dishes
– Hang your pots and pans above the island

Add function to your kitchen with an island. It will become the focal point of your kitchen, and maybe even your home.

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