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|Tips for Increasing Your Home's Value |
By Linda Rusk, Coldwell Banker Residential Broker - www.theruskteam.com
Your home is most likely your largest financial investment. So regardless of whether you are in your home for the long run or are getting ready to put it on the market in the near future, like any investment, you should take steps to maintain and increase its value. And the good news is that you don't have to break the bank to do it. Here are a few tips for increasing your home's value in today's market.
Spend an hour with a professional. Invite your Realtor® or hire an interior designer or Contractor for a small fee to evaluate your home, and give their professional suggestions as to how you can improve the look and feel of your home.
Paint, paint, paint. It doesn't cost much but goes a long way to improving your home's appeal both inside and out. Neutral colors appeal to the most people and are your safest bet.
Landscape. Landscaping can go a long way in increasing the appeal of your home and really works with all budgets. Don't have the money to hire a professional? No problem, you can cut down on your costs by doing a lot of the labor yourself.
Update your bathrooms. Making small updates, such as tearing down wallpaper and putting on a fresh coat of paint, replacing an old toilet with a newer, water-saving one, installing a new vanity and updating your fixtures can make a world of difference. If your budget allows, consider replacing your old floors with new tile, granite or hardwood for an even greater "wow" factor.
Update your kitchen. Evaluate what needs to be done, consult your budget and go from there. Replacing old appliances with new, stainless, energy-efficient models will go a long way in helping the aesthetic appeal of your home while also putting some savings in your wallet. Updating countertops and freshening up the paint on cabinets are other ways to make the room even more attractive.
Go tankless. If your budget allows, upgrade your standard water heater to a tankless model. Tankless water heaters only heat the water as you need it-versus the older models that keep gallons of water hot at all times. This will help you save money now.
Save on air conditioning costs. Consider installing a whole-house fan-considered to be a "green" home improvement-which only use one-tenth the electricity of air conditioners.
Brighten up your space. A well-lit room not only makes your space more cheerful and welcoming, but also makes it feel larger and cleaner. You may do this with table and floor lamps, or even hiring an electrician to install recessed lights or wall sconces.
Bring the outdoors in. Consider turning two standard windows into an opening for French or sliding doors. Full-view glass doors brighten up the space and make it more attractive. As an added bonus, installing new doors that are energy efficient will help you cut down on heating and cooling costs.
If you are interested in buying a new home or selling yours, I'd be happy to meet with you to discuss your opportunities in today's market.community.
|Just Around the Corner - Maricopa County HomeShow |
We will be displaying at the Maricopa Country HomeShow. We would love to see you!
Booth 781 in the AG Building. We have free tickets if anyone would like them (contact us as soon as you can!)
January 14th, 15th, 16th
Fairgrounds at 19th Ave and Thomas
|Don't Let Old Man Winter Get the Best of Your Landscaping |
by Tom Hulsebos - www.desertshowcase.net
This year's winter weather pattern indicates a warmer and drier season. Be aware of your irrigation needs. If you did not seed your lawn this year, don't assume the lawn isn't thirsty. Water the yard for a normal amount of time once every week to 10-days, depending on rain and temperature.
Plant and tree pruning should be avoided till spring as we still have the opportunity for an occasional freeze until March 15th. Pruning exposes new growth and can stunt the plant's development. It also encourages the plant to put out new growth which is at risk for potentially freezing.
Now is a great time to tackle those projects that have been on the back burner. One of the most neglected is the BBQ. You should always allow the grill to burn off residue after each cooking session. Beyond that, here are some suggestions from Joe Padilla at Acme Grill Cleaning.
New Toulouse Soaking Tub from Victoria + Alberta looks great in a traditional or contemporary setting! Visit Manufacturer's Site.
New from Hardware Resources. Excellent price point! Additional sizes and styles available.
Adler Black 60" Double Vanity with Preassembled Top and Bowls from Bath Elements
This 60" wide MDF double vanity features a contemporary design with clean lines, sleek black finish and complementary satin nickel hardware. False front drawers open to reveal two large cabinets, two center drawers equipped with full extension slides and the open bottom shelf provide ample storage. This vanity has a 2CM black granite top preassembled with two H8809WH (15" x 12") bowl, cut for 4" faucet spread, and corresponding 2CM x 4" tall backsplash.
|About Us |
ABT Home Renovations is a family-owned, licensed remodeling contractor serving Phoenix and surrounding metropolitan areas. Since 2003, ABT has delivered quality renovations on a variety of interior and exterior home improvement projects. From kitchens & baths to floors, doors and landscaping, ABT is the one-stop-shop to handle all your home improvement needs. As a full-service provider, we offer design, material selection, permit, installation and construction services.
ABT Remodeling Material Showroom carries more than 50 different product manufacturers in our convenient Phoenix location. We have the latest styles in kitchen & bath cabinets, kitchen & bath countertops, wood, stone & tile flooring, indoor & outdoor decorative lighting and decorative plumbing fixtures.