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Posted by Bilazarian Group on 9/20/2018

If you intend to list your house in the weeks to come, you may want to complete a wide range of home improvements. That way, you can transform your ordinary house into an awe-inspiring residence, increasing the likelihood of a fast, profitable home sale.

Although you may have lofty expectations for your home improvement projects, it is important to note that performing myriad home repairs can be costly. And if you're not careful, you risk overspending to upgrade your residence.

Fortunately, it can be easy to establish a home improvement budget – here are three tips to help you develop an effective home improvement budget.

1. Determine Which Areas of Your House That You Want to Improve

When it comes to crafting a home improvement budget, it is important to differentiate between major and minor home repairs. By doing so, you'll be better equipped than ever before to budget for assorted home maintenance projects.

A kitchen overhaul or bathroom renovation may be considered a major home improvement. Conversely, updating the color of your bedroom may be a minor home improvement. If you assess the major and minor home improvements that you want to perform, you can put together an appropriate budget.

Of course, you should take an objective look at you house to decide which areas that you want to improve. With an objective view, you can identify various home issues, determine how much money will be required to fix these problems and budget accordingly.

2. Examine the Home Improvement Funds at Your Disposal

In all likelihood, you only have a finite amount of money at your disposal. Luckily, regardless of how much money you have, you should be able to establish an effective home improvement budget.

Oftentimes, it helps to get multiple quotes from home improvement professionals. If you receive a variety of quotes, you may find that you can save money on home repairs, as well as stick to a tight home improvement budget.

It also may be cost-effective to complete simple home improvement projects on your own. If you possess the skills and know-how to perform quick, easy home repairs, you may be able to enhance your house without putting a dent in your home improvement budget.

3. Set Home Improvement Priorities

Priorities are important, particularly if you need to put together a home improvement budget. It generally is a good idea to set priorities for different home improvement projects. Then, you can allocate the necessary time and resources to complete home improvement tasks in order of priority.

If you plan to list your house soon, home improvements may prove to be exceedingly valuable. Home upgrades can help you differentiate your residence from the competition and enable you to achieve the optimal home selling results.

Lastly, if you need extra help prior to listing your residence, it may be beneficial to collaborate with a real estate agent. This housing market professional can put you in touch with top-notch home improvement professionals, offer home improvement tips and insights and much more.

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Posted by Bilazarian Group on 6/20/2014

You’ve put your home on the market and people are viewing it regularly, but no offers are presented.  When you view the feedback from the showings with your Realtor® you see the word “dated”.  What does that mean?  My home is not that old, you say. There are a variety of things that can create a perception that a home is “dated” or “out of style” or “older”.   When considering the sale of your home, it is important to consider what sort of updates you can do, within your budget, to help attract buyers. The kitchen is generally a priority for most home buyers.  Some things that can make your home look dated include: Older dark and/or stained cabinets in the kitchen or bath – dark, stained cabinets tend to give a dated feel, while those painted white or off-white tend to brighten and be attractive to buyers.

  • Laminate counter tops -  dated homes may have laminate counter tops which seems to show their age –granite or other solid surface counter tops are more desirable.
  • Minimal back-splashes – older homes tend to have a shorter back-splash, while current trends have an entire wall done as a back-splash.
  • Lower vanities – The height of a bathroom vanity can often give away the age of a home.  Most updates will raise that vanity counter height.
  • Natural/stained moldings
  • Lower ceiling height is also a concern.
Sometimes just updating a few things can elevate the overall impression the home presents.  Look with a critical eye, then consider your budget and what may have the most impact. Staging your home and clearing away personal effects and preparing for each showing, will make a positive impact.  If you are considering selling your home and have questions, let us know. We can help you through the process.