5 Home Renovations That Really Raise Values

5 Home Renovations That Really Raise Values

 

Floors

Outdated, stained, or damaged flooring repels potential buyers. High-quality, stain-resistant carpets in neutral colors are the best options for those looking to sell. Other alternatives include hardwood floors and easy-to-clean laminates. Avoid shag carpets, bright colors, or unusual patterns so the property appeals to a wide variety of potential buyers.

Kitchens

For real estate agents, kitchens rank high on the list of value-building remodeling projects. Most home shoppers base their decision on the condition of the kitchen. Update stale or out-of-fashion paint, install new cabinet doors, refresh countertops, and replace old appliances to encourage a higher sale price. Renovators with limited funds should focus the majority of their dollars on kitchen projects.

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How To Choose Between Laminate And Hardwood Flooring

How To Choose Between Laminate And Hardwood Flooring
Picking out a new flooring can be exciting. After all, as anyone knows, new flooring in a home or business property can completely change the entire atmosphere. A common question asked by commercial and residential property owners is "Should I go with laminate or hardwood flooring?" If you have found yourself asking this question, understand that b...
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Exploring Tesla's New Solar Roof Tiles - Are They the Ultimate Home Upgrade?

Exploring Tesla's New Solar Roof Tiles - Are They the Ultimate Home Upgrade?

Tesla may have become the famous brand it is for the creation of the electric car in 2008, but it has since burgeoned into a company that has diverse ambitions for how we utilize energy. Recently, Tesla has moved into the business of solar roof panels, which have become a hot commodity on the market with their green ethos and energy savings. If you're curious about solar power and want to know the details on this product, here are some things to consider before buying in. 

The Details On Tesla's Solar Panels 

With the recent release of Tesla's solar roof panels, many homeowners interested in green energy have flocked to this new product for its innovation and famous brand. According to Tesla, these panels will last for approximately 30 years or as long as the house stands at 1/3 the weight of regular tiles. Utilizing a tempered glass to make stronger roof panels and solar cells created in conjunction with Panasonic, the connectors for these panels have been created to last through every kind of weather condition. 

The Install Involved 

The installation of Tesla solar panels is estimated to take approximately 5-7 days and is expected to be easier than a regular solar panel install. According to Peter Rive, CTO and Co-founder of Solar City, "We have learned a lot about installing solar from over 300,000 installations so we took all that and included that into the development." Fortunately, because of the lightweight quality of these panels, they can be installed without any changes to the structure of the roof they're placed on. 

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$100 Well Spent: 5 Useful Home Upgrades That Cost Less Than $100

$100 Well Spent: 5 Useful Home Upgrades That Cost Less Than $100

A Funky Light Fixture 

It might seem like a cool light will cost an arm and a leg, but there are plenty of options available on the market that will instantly add a unique touch to your place. Whether you decide to go mod or classic, a fixture can draw the eye and instantly add interest to a room. 

A Makeshift Curio Cabinet 

In these days of smaller living, many people have to pile their stuff into closets and cabinets in order to make it all fit. Fortunately, a bookcase-cum-cabinet can be an inexpensive purchase and can house a variety of items like books, dishes and appliances for an easy, eclectic look. 

Covering The Cabinets 

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Living Under Water Restrictions? Transform Your Garden With These Succulent Plants

Living Under Water Restrictions? Transform Your Garden With These Succulent Plants

The Christmas Cactus 

Known as the Christmas Cactus, this succulent can be a great way to get the beautiful flowers of summer without all the water consumption that's usually required. While the flowers will come out in the fall, you'll want to ensure that you fertilize this plant during the summer months and leave it in a low-light spot where it won't dry out too quickly. 

A South African Succulent 

Crassula ovate, commonly known as a jade plant, hails from South Africa and has the vibrant, glossy look of a plant that gets watered all the time. Fortunately, you can allow the soil to dry completely before you water it again since overwatering this type of plant will kill it. It's easy to tell if your jade plant needs water, so when the leaves start to lose their shine, it's time to get out the watering can. 

The Snake Plant 

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Community Living: The Quick and Easy Guide to Starting a Community Garden

Community Living: The Quick and Easy Guide to Starting a Community Garden

 

Find The Right People 

Organizing your own community garden can seem overwhelming at first, so it's important to have a group of likeminded people around you that are interested in the idea and have the same passion that you do. Whether you decide to use a site like Meetup to get a group together or you have a variety of friends and neighbors who are already excited about it, ensure your group has gardening and planning skills to bring to the table. 

Research The Community 

There's a good chance that you'll want to choose a gardening site that's not too far from your home, so talk to local horticultural organizations and your city or community center for information on available areas of land. Once you know the details, it will be easier to determine what exactly you want to do to fund your garden, whether you want to pay into it on your own or you want to create a sponsored society so the costs are covered. There may even be loan programs in your center that are available for your project, so ensure you ask around. 

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Spring Cleaning: 3 Weekend Cleaning Projects That Will Transform Your Home

The season of spring may be a time for blooming flowers and warmer weather, but it's also synonymous with the idea of spring-cleaning. Whether you clean out your house every year or you haven't seen the back of your closets in years, here are a few springtime projects that will instantly change your home – and clean up your life! 

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Did You Know: With a Little DIY Work, That Garage Can Be Used for More Than Just Your Car

Along with the family vehicles, the garage may be the place where all the things you don't want in your house go to disappear. However, you might not be aware that there are several DIY hacks you can use for your garage that will instantly make it a more usable space. If you're wondering how you can fit more in while improving the aesthetic appeal of your garage, here are some tricks to test out. 

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