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Outdated, stained, or damaged flooring repels potential buyers.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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Family Matters: The Pros and Cons of Selling Your Home to a Family Member

It can be a stressful experience to put your home on the market and wait for offers in the hope that you've priced it right. However, for those who are considering selling to family members, the sale of a home can be fraught with just as much stress before and after sealing the deal. If you're wondering if it's a good idea to sell to a family member, here are some things to consider beforehand.

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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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Something You Should Know Before Looking At A New Construction Model Home

new construction.  Picture yourself out for a drive one weekend. You see a sign that says:

New Construction Homes! Models Starting At $XXX,XXX Next Right!

Maybe you’re actively looking for a house, or maybe it’s just a spur of the moment urge, but you follow the signs to the model home. You park. You walk into the model home. The builder’s sales rep asks you to please sign in. You sign in. Ouch. You may have just made a costly mistake...

It’s Not Like I’m Buying One...

Most people don’t think twice about signing in when they visit a model home. They figure, what’s the harm? It isn’t like I’m signing something to actually buy one. I just want to take a look, and it’s not like they’re asking me to sign my life away. But sometimes you do end up buying one. You get the bug. You fall in love. You picture yourself in this lifestyle. Next thing you know, you’re making an offer on the spot. Or, maybe you leave, but you can’t stop thinking about it the whole ride home so you decide you’re going to buy one. Either way, if you decide to buy one, having signed in with the builder, you may have signed away your right to involve your own real estate agent represent and advise you.

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Buying a Home in a Fire Risk Area: Here's What You Need to Know

Outside of the significant financial responsibility of delving into home ownership, there can also be a lot of other risks involved that you may not have thought about as a new homeowner. While the requirement of homeowner's insurance is well known and guarding your house against theft can be commonplace, if you happen to be living in an area that's at high risk of fire, here are some things to consider beforehand.

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Budgeting 101: How to Plan Your Budget Around Your Monthly Mortgage Payments

If you've decided to invest in a home, you might be wondering how to make all the expenses work from the groceries to your mode of transportation to all those little things that quickly add up. Fortunately, it's easy enough to ensure you have the money each month by calculating your expenses and ensuring there's a little wiggle room in the leaner times. Here are the details on how to begin with your mortgage budgeting plan.

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The Five Most Common Overlooked Expenses When Selling a House

Most homeowners are so enthusiastic about putting their home on the market and getting the price, they're hoping that the expenses involved in selling a home are forgotten. However, it's often said that one has to spend money to make money, and selling a home is no exception! If you're wondering what kinds of overlooked expenses will cut into your home sale, here are some costs to consider.

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3 Ugly Truths You'll Discover Trying to Buy a Home Without a Real Estate Agent

Many people, whether they are new to the market or have purchased a home before, consider investing in a home without the help of an agent. While there are benefits involved with going it alone, there are also a few drawbacks that can significantly impact the success of your home sale. If you're wondering about the difficulties involved in an agentless home sale, consider the following points. 

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With Mortgage Rates This Low, Should You Lock In? 3 Reasons Why Now Might Be the Time

Whether you've just finished school or you're on the market for a new place to live, investing in a home can be one of the biggest investments of your life. As a result, it can be difficult to know what the right choice is and if you're in a good position to make it a solid financial move. If you think the time might be right for you, here are some questions to ask yourself before making the big decision. 

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Finding Your Latte Factor: 3 Ways to Find the Money to Make Extra Mortgage Payments

It's not common for many a homeowner to struggle with making their monthly mortgage payment. However, simply because it can seem hard to come up with the funds monthly doesn't mean it's not possible to find the money for extra mortgage payments each year. If you're wondering how you can pay down your mortgage debt much sooner with extra money, here are some tricks you may want to try.

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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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Thinking About a New Home? 3 Reasons Why a Mortgage Will Be the Best Money You Ever Borrow

In these days of low interest rates, it can be a great idea to get into the real estate market and invest in a home. Unfortunately, if you don't have the funds saved up for a down payment, it can seem like more of a burden than it's worth to buy now. While borrowing the money for your down payment might seem like the road backward, here are a few reasons you may want to consider acquiring your mortgage funds from someone else.

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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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Selling Your Home This Summer? Here's Why You'll Want to Recruit the Neighbors to Help

With the power of social media, it's easier than ever to use Twitter and Facebook and your own home website to sell your home online. However, there are a lot of different buyers on the market and that means it's important to keep all your options open when it comes to marketing your home. If you're wondering how you can harness the power of your neighbors to get the word out, here are some things you may want to consider. 

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Mortgage Tips: Answers to 4 Common Questions About Reverse Mortgages

There are many mortgage products on the market that work for all different kinds of homebuyers, but many people have not heard about reverse mortgages and how they can benefit their situation. If you're curious about this type of mortgage and want to know more, here are some questions that will get you on the road to understanding the ins-and-outs of this product.  

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To Paint or Not to Paint Before Selling Your Home, That Is the Question. Here Are Some Answers!

If you're planning some renovations before you sell your home, you're probably trying to determine what will boost its value best so you can get out the money you're putting in. Pulling out the paint for some touch-ups may be one of the most common things you'll hear about, but before taking on such a sizeable job, it's worth considering the needs of your home and what you'll have the ability to do before it goes on the market. 

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Location, Location, Location: How to Ensure You're Buying a Home in the Right Community

When investing in a home, one of the most important things is buying a place that you and your family can feel comfortable in. However, while a place you can envision yourself in is important, it's not worth neglecting the neighborhood you'll be moving into for the perfect home. If you're wondering what you should be looking for in the neighborhood you choose, here are a few things to consider before making an offer on a home. 

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Thinking About a Second Mortgage on Your House? Here's What You Need to Know

Thinking About a Second Mortgage on Your House? Here's What You Need to Know

Whether it's to consolidate debt or make funds available for a home renovation, many people consider a second mortgage to make it possible to pursue other options. However, like any important financial decision, it's important to be informed about the financial implications before diving in. If you're currently weighing your mortgage options and are considering a second mortgage, here are some things to do before the final decision. 

Research The Lenders 

Since a second mortgage means that you'll be borrowing against the value of your home, it's especially important to do your research the second time around and ensure you're going with the right lender. Instead of going with your first choice or the familiar one, look at several different lenders and see if they have positive reviews. A second mortgage can be a big risk so you'll want to ensure you're working with a lender who will be working for you. 

Prepare Yourself For Higher Costs 

Since a second mortgage qualifies as the second loan on your home, it means that it will be the second loan to be paid off if you default on the debt. As a result, the rates for a second mortgage are generally higher than those for your first loan because the lender will be taking on a more substantial risk. While higher rates may not be that alarming if you've garnered low rates for your first mortgage, it's important to determine the financial benefits before deciding on this option.  

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Understanding How Mortgage Calculators Work and When to Make Use of One

Investing in a home is a big financial decision, and along with the decision to buy is the question of how much mortgage you'll be able to afford. While your debt-to-income ratio can be helpful in determining the range for your mortgage amount, a mortgage calculator can be a beneficial tool in coming to a potential price. If you're curious about how and if this financial tool can benefit you, here are the details about using a mortgage calculator. 

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Investing in a New Home? 3 Reasons You Can't Skip the Pest Inspection

There are so many small details involved in the final sale of a home that it can be easy to forget about all the things that need to be done. While you won't be able to forget about a home inspection, a pest inspection can be every bit as important before you sign on the dotted line. If you're wondering why you shouldn't forego this important step, consider the following information.

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