Thursday, August 9, 2012

Getting Creative With The Kitchen

When it comes to selling a home, no room in the house seems to have more importance than the kitchen. "Sometimes the kitchen is a dealbreaker, especially when there's so much on the market for buyers to choose from," says Tampa Realtor Susanna Madden. "They want a lot of cabinet space and they like wood cabinets. White cabinets are outdated. They want granite countertops. Most prefer an open kitchen versus a galley kitchen. They like tile flooring in the kitchen. They like things that are clean, pretty, neat, not cluttered, eye-catching. Like what you see in a model home." Those are some pretty high standards. And if you're considering bringing your kitchen up to that level, here's a couple of "dos" and "don'ts" you need to consider.

DO: Fully plan out the remodel before starting. This will probably be the only shot you get at fixing up this house's kitchen. Carefully consider the space you're working in as well as the amount of time you're willing to have this crucial part of your home out of commission.

DON'T: Understimate unforseen factors. With so many appliances, electrical, and plumbing merging in one room, there's bound to be some complications. Make sure you give yourself enough time and money to see this project through to the end.

DO: Consider doing some of the work yourself to cut down on costs. Even if you hire a professional to do most of the job, there are some parts you can probably do yourself.

DON'T: Be afraid to call in professionals if the job gets to big. A project this large can easily overwhelm you. In the long run, it might be easier on your wallet and sanity to just bring in outside help to finish the remodel.

Due to the safety risks involved in home improvements and repairs, we recommend that home owners hire a professional home repairman to handle the home improvement projects and tips listed above if they don't have much experience doing so.

Friday, August 3, 2012

How to Increase Your Home Value This Summer

By Dave Ward, Member

The summer is the perfect time to consider how to increase your home value since most of your outdoor repairs, maintenance, and upgrades are more pleasant during the summer. Consider these ideas:

  • Spruce up the landscaping around your home.
  • Give your outdoor paint job a touch up.
  • Pressure wash and treat your deck.
  • Add outdoor living space to your home.
  • Brighten your indoor living spaces.
  • Above all, make your home stand out.
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