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Posted by Elena Langlois on 4/11/2019

First things first, if you are just in love with modern bathroom or kitchen features, they are worth it for you. It's always worth it to create a space that you love. Now, if you want that new kitchen or bathroom to add value to your property, increase its marketability or its future resale value, its time for the research because not all upgrades are made equal and there may be a better way to spend that renovation money.

Upgrades that Add Value

The most straightforward way to increase the value of your home is to add usable square footage. That means more living space to use. You can add this space by finishing out a basement or attic, and by adding another bedroom or bathroom to the home. Extra space goes a long way to increase your properties market value. As many buyers consider homes by bedroom and bathroom count, adding just one more can change the category in which your home resides. A three-bedroom, three-bathroom house sounds larger and sells for more than that same home when it was just three-bedroom, two-bathroom house.

You can also increase your home's value with small upgrades. You can get the best bang for your buck with—you'll never guess—a new front door. Nearly 100% of the cost of the door adds to your home's value. Now, that won't work with just any front door, talk to your contractor or real estate agent about the best style for your property. You need a door that will enhance your entryway and not look like an afterthought to get that instant dash of curb appeal. 

You can also get substantial value from minor repair upgrades such as new windows or replacing discolored vinyl siding. These minor upgrades work like a new paint job and can increase the value of the home and the curb appeal at a much lower cost than a full kitchen or bath remodel.

Still, want that kitchen upgrade? Minor kitchen upgrades can have high returns of their own. You don't have to completely gut the entire thing; just new cabinet doors and fixtures make a huge difference. You can finalize it with classy new appliances and get yourself an 80% return on your new kitchen investment.

Upgrades That Aren’t Worth It

Pay attention to the cost of your remodel compared to the overall value of your home. Spending 50% or more of your equity on your kitchen remodel just isn't going to work well. A $100,000 remodel on a $250,000 property won't add nearly that in additional value to your home. So, if you want to sell your property for $350,000 instead, this isn't the plan for you. Nothing says you can't get plenty of enjoyment out of the kitchen upgrade, just don't plan on selling it for as much as you paid and focus on getting the kitchen you really want.

Similarly, while a pool sounds like a fabulous investment, they are usually much more expensive than they are worth and only really increase home value in specific locations, mostly those without colder winter weather. If your area has even a bit of winter, the pool will take a lot of extra care and can actually decrease the interest in your property.

Talk to your real estate professional about the best upgrades to increase your property’s value in the current market.





Posted by Elena Langlois on 3/9/2017

Since your kitchen is one of the most used rooms of your home, you want to be sure it’s properly lit. The purpose of your kitchen lights should be for both safety and ambience. Lighting can also work as decoration. The right kind of lighting can have you cooking and entertaining in style. There’s certain points around your kitchen that will be vital for you to light for a smooth functioning room. We call these “key lighting locations.” You’ll want to focus on these. There’s also certain types of lighting fixtures that work better in different types of kitchen setups. Specialty lighting could work wonders in a kitchen that has hard to illuminate areas. Hanging lights, for example are great over counter areas that are in the center of the room. Also, hanging lights work well over the areas where you prep and cook and other lights don’t reach. For safety reasons, you want to be certain that these areas are particularly well-lit. Dining in the dark isn’t the best approach for having guests over! You also don’t want to cook in the dark, since that has obvious safety concerns. There’s 4 main types of lighting that you should have in your kitchen. These include: task lighting, ambient lighting, accent lighting and decorative lighting. Task You want task lighting to deter shadows and illuminate work areas adequately. This would be the first type of lighting you’d think of when designing a kitchen because it has a certain function. Ambient This type of lighting is more of an indirect kind of lighting and is important for a decorative touch in your kitchen. Think of these lights as illuminating the edges of the room. Accent Accent lighting is still not very common in kitchens, but it can be an asset to your design and decor. Accent lighting allows you to highlight a focal point in the kitchen such as a piece of artwork. This type of lighting can include track lighting, directional lighting or recessed lighting. Decorative This types of lighting would include chandeliers and hanging pendants. Decorative lighting is more about the fixture snd less about the function of the light. Lighting Design Types Hanging Lights Hanging lights are a particularly versatile option since they come in many styles. from modern to classic designs, there’s a type of hanging light that can suit your kitchen style and bring your kitchen to another level. Under Cabinet Lights Under cabinet lights are another type of lighting that you should consider for your kitchen. These lights work more than just decoration. These lights give you additional lighting throughout the kitchen in places where overhead lighting may not reach. You’ll be able to see what’s on the counter no matter what time of day it is. These provide task lighting as well as a secondary form of ambient lighting. No matter what style lighting you choose in your kitchen, make sure it suits you. Authentic style in your home is the best way to give it a “homey” feeling!




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Posted by Elena Langlois on 1/28/2016

Kitchens sell houses. So having a great looking kitchen is important if you are thinking of putting your home on the market or maybe you just need a fresh new look. Cabinets are one of the biggest expenses in a kitchen remodel but with a little elbow grease and creativity, you can update your kitchen cabinets without going through the hassle of an entire remodel. Here are some tips on how to make your kitchen look like new with a cabinet facelift. Give the wood a Good Cleaning You will be surprised what a good scrubbing can do. Heat, water, grease and food residue all take a serious toll on your cabinets.

  • If you choose to remove the doors, label or number them so you'll put them back in the right place.
  • Make sure to test any kind of cleaner before using it on the entire cabinet. Cleaners with large amounts of alcohol may cause the wood to dry and crack.
  • Clean and Update the Hardware Hardware gets greasy and grimy so make sure to clean those too.
  • Soak the hardware in a soapy-water solution for 30 minutes.
  • Scrub lightly with a soft brush and rinse.
  • Let dry and apply the proper polish.
  • You may decide instead to replace the hardware. In choosing the finish for your hardware, think about what style will look best in your home. Add Some Detail Add some detail to drab cabinets with moulding. Applying a contrasting finish or color is a quick and inexpensive way to change the look of your cabinets. Stripping and Refinishing If after cleaning your cabinets still need some help, you may decide to refinish or paint them
  • Make sure to remove all the cabinet doors and number them.
  • Liquid strippers work best, but be sure to use the gel or semi-paste types.
  • Place doors on a vertical surface. The finish won't drip as much.
  • Let the stripping agent do the work and start with an inconspicuous area.
  • Patch any conspicuous holes, scratches and nicks with wood filler. When dry, sand lightly to smooth out the patch. Before painting, sand lightly and prime.
  • Before painting remember that the wood expands and contracts with the seasons, which will cause the paint bead to separate and expose unpainted wood. So with a little hard work you can have a whole new look to your kitchen in no time.




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