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Tips for Creating Accessible Curb Appeal

The term “curb appeal” refers to the impression the exterior of you home presents to visitors or potential buyers. Some of the key features that are important in creating this initial impression include siding, roofing, driveways and walkways, front entries or porches, and landscaping. Today, we would like to focus on how you can improve specific aspects of your home’s exterior to make it more accessible for folks of all ages and ability.   Keep in mind that this includes parents with young children just as much as an individual who requires assistance walking. Read more

Master Suite Addition and Major Kitchen Remodels Rank High for Grand Rapids in Remodeling’s 2017’s Cost Vs. Value Report.

Every year when Remodeling Magazine releases its newest Cost Vs. Value Report we study it to see which projects have the top recoup value in the Grand Rapids area. This annual report compares how popular remodeling projects are retaining their value at re-sale throughout the country. The studies are broken down by geographic area and are based on professional remodelers completing the renovation. Read more

Does your home’s curb appeal measure up?

Thompson Remodeling’s Tips for Increasing Curb Appeal

Ah yes, we all know what they say about first impressions and when it comes to your home, that first impression can be summed up in two words — curb appeal. Improving your home’s exterior appearance has two great benefits: improving your pride of ownership and increasing your home’s value.  Seasonally, it’s a good idea to take a look at the outside of your home to see how your curb appeal measures up. Read more

Five Timely Considerations

 

“According to a survey from American Express, 49 percent of homeowners are making improvements to their house.  Nineteen percent are making repairs that can’t be put off, while 11 percent want to increase home value, and 5 percent are fixing up to sell.”

The new activity is different though.  Projects have been focused on making practical changes to beautiful custom homes versus making homes glitzy.  Project design has also become very personal for our clients who want to fix up versus trade up.  The clients who feel “trapped” by the recent housing market are using our expertise to wait out the market and we’re advising them in these ways:

 

 

What NOT To Do:

1) Don’t over improve for the neighborhood. This is one of those universal real estate laws like, “Location, Location, Location!”

2) Please do not try to remodel to make up lost equity.

Very few types of projects give an immediate dollar for dollar return on investment and at the moment market pressures are holding that return down.

What To DO:

1) Remodel to help your home better fit your lifestyle.

2) Make sure your home is clean & well-maintained & well-landscaped.  These efforts give you the best return on your investment.  It also makes your home much more appealing to potential buyers whenever that time may be.  This is the elbow grease of remodeling.  Easy to do, easy to hire it done.  We can help you with a checklist of items to have done.  Also, many of our clients choose to experience our Maintenance-Free Home program.

3) Curb appeal – building on the previous point – is your house attractive from the curb?

4) Is your home missing amenities for your neighborhood?  Does everyone have a deck but you?  Does your home only have 1 full-bathroom?  Well, if your family would benefit from another bathroom today then adding a bathroom may make a lot of sense.  Do you have a mudroom?

5) His, Her & Kids Spaces – if your kids are already in high school then maybe it’s worth it to consider finishing the basement to keep those young adults as close as possible for these next few years before they’re off to college.  Also, most people have enough square footage in their homes, it just feels like they’re cramped because of poorly utilized space.  Repurposing existing space is the most high value design help we give our clients.  If everyone in a household has a space that reflects their unique needs, everyone’s happiness goes up.  That may mean a truly functional mudroom, home office, kitchen, master suite, or closet.  It’s sometimes just one pinched area of a house that can be addressed to make everyone’s enjoyment so much greater.

There you go, five considerations for a time like this.  Happy home improving!

Acknowledgments: I’d like to cite Brian J O’Connor / Detroit News Finance Editor whose story, “Home Fix-ups on the rise, but experts urge caution” was the take off point for this blog post and radio interview on West Michigan Morning News with Gary Allen & Steve Kelly on WOOD 1300.

Five Timely Considerations

The belief that people want to Love Where They Live is the central theme for why our firm exists.  When I hear that phrase it’s like hearing a musician play the most perfect cord on his guitar.  When I just reread it I heard a harp this time.  It’s just right on – you and I want to love where we live – and it may mean something entirely different for you and for me, but it’s the same dream.

The good news is people are starting to take hold of that dream again.  A few weeks ago we shared a story from the GR Press that housing starts were up 159 percent over last year at this time.  A really cool note about that is so many of those new homes were for 1st time home buyers.  It’s very exciting to think back to the joy of walking into your first home for the first time.  This Spring existing home sales were up almost 30 percent in response to tax credit incentives.  Our phone has been ringing steadily for new projects too!

“According to a survey from American Express, 49 percent of homeowners are making improvements to their house.  Nineteen percent are making repairs that can’t be put off, while 11 percent want to increase home value, and 5 percent are fixing up to sell.”

The new activity is different though.  Projects have been focused on making practical changes to beautiful custom homes versus making homes glitzy.  Project design has also become very personal for our clients who want to fix up versus trade up.  The clients who feel “trapped” by the recent housing market are using our expertise to wait out the market and we’re advising them in these ways.

What NOT To Do:

1) Don’t over improve for the neighborhood. This is one of those universal real estate laws like, “Location, Location, Location!”

2) Please do not try to remodel to make up lost equity.

Very few types of projects give an immediate dollar for dollar return on investment and at the moment market pressures are holding that return down.

What To DO:

1) Remodel to help your home better fit your lifestyle.

2) Make sure your home is clean & well-maintained & well-landscaped.  These efforts give you the best return on your investment.  It also makes your home much more appealing to potential buyers whenever that time may be.  This is the elbow grease of remodeling.  Easy to do, easy to hire it done.  We can help you with a checklist of items to have done.  Also, many of our clients choose to experience our Maintenance-Free Home program.

3) Curb appeal – building on the previous point – is your house attractive from the curb?

4) Is your home missing amenities for your neighborhood?  Does everyone have a deck but you?  Does your home only have 1 full-bathroom?  Well, if your family would benefit from another bathroom today then adding a bathroom may make a lot of sense.  Do you have a mudroom?

5) His, Her & Kids Spaces – if your kids are already in high school then maybe it’s worth it to consider finishing the basement to keep those young adults as close as possible for these next few years before they’re off to college.  Also, most people have enough square footage in their homes, it just feels like they’re cramped because of poorly utilized space.  Repurposing existing space is the most high value design help we give our clients.  If everyone in a household has a space that reflects their unique needs, everyone’s happiness goes up.  That may mean a truly functional mudroom, home office, kitchen, master suite, or closet.  It’s sometimes just one pinched area of a house that can be addressed to make everyone’s enjoyment so much greater.

There you go, five considerations for a time like this.  Happy home improving!

Acknowledgments: I’d like to cite Brian J O’Connor / Detroit News Finance Editor whose story, “Home Fix-ups on the rise, but experts urge caution” was the take off point for this blog post and radio interview on West Michigan Morning News with Gary Allen & Steve Kelly on WOOD 1300.