Home Improvement Projects that Pay

So, you're ready to remodel? Thinking about redoing a room or adding on to your home? Whatever you do, don't get caught up in the myth that all home improvement projects will pay off. By far, the most common home improvement mistake is spending money on amenities that won't add value to the home. As a rule, improvements that increase the functional space of a home hold their value longer than ones that just make a house look better.
Kitchens are King
As the heart of the house, kitchens generally suffer the most wear and tear. Something as simple as replacing old cabinet hardware can really make a big difference. The most popular minor improvements include adding functionality with dual sinks and cooking stations, and cosmetic upgrades such as under-cabinet lighting and ceramic tile back- splashes on the countertops. Regardless of what kitchen improvements you decide to go with, be sure to select a classic design style and high quality materials. To add space in the kitchen area, you might want to consider a walk-in pantry or breakfast alcove. While these improvements can add up, they'll also be highly regarded by potential buyers.
Bathrooms are Your Best Bet
Remember the days of living with just one bathroom? How on earth did you manage? While finding space to add a bathroom can prove tricky, if your home only has one bathroom, your best bet would be to add a second one. Adding an extra bathroom with all the trimmings all but pays for itself. Popular remodels include ceramic tiles, Jacuzzi bathtubs, skylights and vaulted ceilings. If a full-blown bathroom overhaul is too pricey, something as simple as just replacing the water fixtures can go a long way.
Swimming Pools Can Sink You
A swimming pool has no resale value at all. In fact, swimming pools actually repel more prospective buyers than they attract because of their expensive upkeep and liability. If your really must have that swimming pool, go ahead, but know that it will cost you.

One sure sign of agents who make integrity and hard work central to their service is that they're successful even when the market is slow.

That said, even though the market has been better, I'm still doing well. One reason: I know how to use all the latest high-tech tools to maximize a home's market exposure.

I also want to point out that this market offers a great opportunity to "move up" because the values of higher priced homes have been reduced more than yours has. Additionally, a slower market gives you the luxury of viewing more homes as well.

So if you've considered moving, or if you hear that any family, friends or work colleagues are, please call or email me any time.

Thank you,

I Pull Out All The Stops To Sell Your Home

Lonnie Snyder
Keller Williams Realty Southeast Sound
Phone: 206-406-2710
Email: snyder@kw.com
Website: http://www.callsnyder.com/

I am a full time real estate agent and REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty specializing in Residential Real Estate for buyers and sellers in Washingtons Kent, Renton, Newcastle and South Bellevue.


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