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What upgrades should one consider for a remodel?

The Heart of the House: Kitchens and Kitchen Renovations

  • Cabinets, flooring, countertops and appliances can all be costly, but worth the investment!
  • Paint and hardware – simple yet inexpensive and effective.
  • Keep it neutral. Subtle colors and classic designs are the most appealing. 
  • Make sure there are plenty of cabinets and counter space, updated light fixtures and energy-efficient appliances.And if possible, use high-quality materials.

Making one or all of these changes to your kitchen will add value to your home.

Bathroom Renovations:

  • Bathroom additions or updating what you have will sharply enhance the sale possibilities of your home.
  • A priority if budget allows: marble/granite vanity top, molded sink, bathtub with shower and tile. These improvements will almost pay for themselves.
  • In the luxury market, the trend for bathrooms is jetted tubs and heated floors.
  • Neutral colors still prevail!
  • A budget minimum –purchase new fixtures and hardware.The fixtures on the sink and shower and the hardware on the cabinets will look new with brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze.
  • A simple updated shower head can also significantly improve the appeal of your bathroom and make your shower more enjoyable!

Creating New Space

Adding a new room can pay off in the end. Depending on your budget and neighborhood theater rooms, open family rooms that adjoin the kitchen, outdoor living space and master suites are hot buzz items right now. Think about adding sitting areas or a small kitchenette area to your master suite! For the outdoors think about adding a fireplace or fire pit, a sitting area, a grill and ceiling fans.

Curb Appeal

The front door is one of the first focal points that someone notices about your home. If your budget won’t permit a new front door make sure yours has a fresh coat of paint in a desirable color and has updated hardware! Add a welcome mat, which you can buy inexpensively.

Modest landscaping can be inexpensive, and you will see a return. Make sure to get rid of weeds, cut trees and shrubs,add mulch, add color with attractive flowers and make sure your lawn is green and cut!

New Windows and Other Green Updates

New energy-efficient windows always pay for themselves at resale, as your property will be listed in the category of having green features. The savings on your utility bills is reason enough to consider energy-efficient improvements.

After you’ve made improvements to your home, make sure you are giving yourself time to live there and enjoy the benefits and fruits of your labor!

For resources on remodeling, call your REALTOR Christine McKenny. With knowledge of your neighborhood and the housing market, Christine McKenny can help you sell or purchase a home that meets your needs. 214.662.7758

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