Home Improvement Projects: Fix It or Forget It?

Did you make a new year’s resolution to finally tackle the list of fix-up projects around your home?  According to this article in the Real Estate Journal, it may be best to take a step back and re-consider those projects, as they may not add as much value as you think to your home. Here are some of the highlights of the article: 

  1. Ask for advice.  Talk with a local, experienced Realtor who can help you gauge your home’s current value.  Before you go pouring money into a remodeling project, it is valuable to know where your home currently stands and what you stand to gain by making improvements.  To request a complimentary market analysis of your Bradley Beach NJ home, please click here. 
  2. Dig deeper.  Considering getting a home inspection before you remodel or put your home on the market.  This will give you a very clear idea of where you need to focus your fix-up efforts.
  3. Look outside.  Pay attention to the condition of the exterior of your home – including the siding and windows.  Sure, you may want to put all of your money into those new hardwood floors, but structural repairs should always be the first priority.
  4. Spend time in the bathroom.  Even small upgrades to a bathroom – new hardware or fixtures – can give it a whole new feel.  If you are thinking of selling your home this year, remember that buyers want to see a bathroom that can be used right away and is not in need of major repair.
  5. Keep it small in the kitchen.  We’ve all heard that “the kitchen sells the home,” but remember that, if you are planning on selling your house, every buyer has their own taste in the kitchen, so it is best to keep things neutral and let the buyer customize it as they wish. 

If you are planning to buy or sell a home in 2008, please call me at 732-775-2774 or visit PatrickParkerHomes.com to learn more about Bradley Beach NJ real estate.


About Patrick Parker Realty

Patrick Parker Realty, an independent boutique brokerage located in the heart of Bradley Beach is your local market leader. We understand the demands of a changing real estate market and avail ourselves of the latest industry information and tools to ensure excellent results. Our Commitment to You Our seasoned Real Estate Agents are committed to providing all of our clients, from first time sellers to veteran real estate investors, quality and friendly service. We walk you through every step of the sale process offering the guidance, feedback, and expertise needed to ensure your complete satisfaction.
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