5 Home Upgrades That Won’t Add Enough Value Myth: All upgrades will add net value to your home. Fact: You’ll never recoup the full cost of many types of upgrades. You should upgrade your own home for the sake of your own enjoyment, but that doesn’t mean you’ll profit from the upgrades when selling. If ...

How to Avoid Homebuyer’s Remorse Big Purchases often come with big expectations….So it’s no wonder that in a survey of 2,000 homebuyers, 80% said they regretted at least 1 thing about their home. Number 1 on the list:  The home just isn’t big enough. Other top complaints: lack of closet space, not enough bathrooms, bad ...

Quick Home Maintenance Tips Home maintenance isn’t only repairs.  There are many tasks if performed regularly that may prevent things from breaking in the first place. Must-Do Maintenance: 1) Test your garage door opener monthly to ensure that it reverses when it hits and obstruction or when its sensor beam is interrupted. 2) Vacuum the ...

Is a Home Warranty Worth the Cost? Whether buying or selling, a home warranty could be a valuable protection for your financing and peace of mind. Buyers opt to purchase warranties which average $350-500 for basic warranty and $100-300 more for extra protections.  Buyers like the fact that they can rely on a warranty to ...

Having a basement is great. It’s the one area in the house where your hobbies and imagination can run free. Everything from a wine cellar to a wood shop to a home entertainment center can be made to fit and be used in a basement. And even though the kids may sometimes think that it’s ...

Hardwood floors add value to your home Hardwood floors exude warmth, beauty and a sense of richness if kept in good condition. With a little care, they can provide a lifetime of value to your home. Whether you are considering getting hardwood floors or currently have hardwood floors in your home, you should be aware that ...

Good Home Lighting enhances a house, creating comfort and beauty. Lighting can make colors pop, set a mood, illuminate space and establish security. Most rooms in our homes use a combination of direct light for ambience and tasks and indirect lighting for an overall feeling of brightness. Direct lighting Such as an overhead down light, illuminates ...

Older homes especially, and new homes as well, need regular maintenance.  Here is an annual checklist of areas that need to be inspected to keep your home in top condition. Exterior Home Maintenance Gutters and downspouts need year-round attendance to make sure they are operating properly. Improper water drainage can ruin a foundation and cause other ...

Termites could be eating you out of house and home and you might not even know it! Termites are a problem in 49 out of 50 states. They cause homeowners an estimated $5 billion in damage and treatment costs each year, according to the National Pest Management Association. That’s the equivalent of thousands of dollars ...