We all have a wish list for our homes. From the moment I walked through the house on a tour before I bought, I was making a checklist of what I liked and what I wanted to change. Some home improvement means big bucks; other changes can be made on a small budget. The smart home owners learn what is doable, plan, and make changes as they are able. For large ticket items, plan ahead and save for the upgrade. I made a 10 year plan and budgeted for a roof replacement, flooring change, new sliding patio doors, and a new central a/c. That was achieved over the last decade. Now I’m planning new washer/dryer, a new front door, and some small improvements in the next 4 to 6 years. Let’s talk about common home improvements.Read More
Many of us love our homes and enjoy doing small projects that make it special. This is certainly true of your home’s exterior. Whether you are looking to sell your home, or you just want to give your home a fresh look, view your house from the street. At first glance, is the yard welcoming? A well-maintained garden can add beauty and value to your home, while a neglected one can make it look run down and unkempt. Let’s consider basic easy steps to make your home’s exterior pleasant and appealing without breaking the bank.Read More
Everyone who owns a property starts thinking of improvements as soon as they buy it. Sometimes it’s just painting a few walls or the front door to make it more up-to-date or your style. Unless you buy a totally renovated home or a new build, there are always things on a wish list for upgrades. One thing you should always keep in mind when planning a renovation is the rate of return on your investment. Some updates translate to an increased value in the home’s worth while others have little effect. When you are planning to stay in the home for decades, the updates might just be to make it reflect your taste. If you do intend to sell in the near future, it’s more important to make the property worth as much as possible.