Home Renovations 101: Four Renovations that Increase a Home’s Value

Renovations come in many kinds. There are big ones, and there are small ones. However, while all renovations may be an excellent way to increase the value of your home, not all of them can deliver to that effect. More often than not, major renovations would greatly help in increasing a home’s value, but there are other times wherein some relatively minor change could achieve just that. The key here is to choose carefully what kind of renovations in your home to achieve the increased value that you want. This is crucial because unnecessary improvements would cause you to incur expenses which would not do you any favors at all.

There are many home improvement projects that may look feasible and are enticing to do and undertake. However, these do not necessarily add value to your home especially during a dismal home selling market. Even worse, some can even diminish the asking price when you do decide to sell. Knowing what renovations to add is pivotal not only in saving money but as a future investment as well. Here are some helpful tips for discerning which projects you should invest in and which ones you should skip. So that when you are either putting up your Pasig house for sale or have a house and lot for sale in Tagaytay, you would be guaranteed that these additions would justify the price they fetch.

1.) Remodel the kitchen

One of the best features of a home is a good, functional and modern kitchen. This is why prospective buyers would look for something of the same in the potential house they buy. A tidy, spic and span modern kitchen will do wonders to improve the overall aura and value of a home. To give your kitchen that much needed a facelift, you have two options: You can replace or recover depending on the state of your current kitchen and the budget you have allocated for such project. Remember that the key areas that are in need of attention when you are looking to replace or recover are the benches, cabinets, drawer fronts, skirting and handles as these are the most noticeable. Choose a singular color scheme that would sit well with the overall theme of your kitchen to add to its allure.

2.) Update the bathrooms

Bathrooms are not called comfort rooms for nothing, so it is best that the ones in your house live up to that name. Comfort rooms should not only be clean, but they should exude an aura of comfort and coziness. A dated bathroom would immediately turn off prospective buyers and would significantly lower the fetching price of your homes. A bathroom update need not be expensive; you can already achieve wonders just by replacing fixtures such as cabinet fronts, faucets, as well as lightings. Be creative without breaking the bank into updating your bathrooms.

3.) Give your house a curb appeal

Make your house a bit more attractive and enticing to potential buyers by adding an interesting aspect outside in the form of a curb appeal. If your house does not look appealing from the outside, there is a very big chance that prospective buyers would not even make it inside. You want your house to look welcoming and attractive, so make sure the outside would be enough to make the potential buyer conduct his scrutiny a little further by coming inside your home. Paved driveways, freshly painted exteriors, a beautiful and mowed lawn—these are just some of the things that would add bonus points to your curb appeal. Simply sprucing up the deck or your patio with furniture will give you something to enjoy and will even attract future buyers.

4.) Paint!

The house’s paint is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to add value to it, yet this remains to be the most neglected. No matter what kind of buyer you have, any house with peeling paints or washed out ones are extreme turn-offs as it would show the owner’s utter disregard for the appearance of his/her home. When you decide to apply a fresh coat of paint in your houses, however, remember that it extends beyond the exterior. Apply it everywhere such as the home’s interior walls, the siding, the trim and other associated elements such as decks and sheds. Neutral colors might be the best way to incorporate a versatile look to any area, but do not be afraid to introduce a splash of colors to give it a fresh new look. Just try to steer clear from the super-bright colors such as neon hot pink and yellow.

 

 

 

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Top 5 Decisions New Home Buyers Must Consider

Purchasing a property is an ideal investment one can make. For some people, owning a home is a fulfillment of their dream. But just like any other investments, there are pros and cons when it comes to real estate investment. Before you decide to choose a particular property, there are things you need to consider for as not to regret any decisions later on. And it does not matter if you plan to invest in any Ayala Land properties, you need to be mindful of the preferences you have for a dream home.
However, if you think that investing in a property is just a piece of cake, then you better think again. There are certain steps or guidelines you need to know and follow for you not to experience real estate nightmares. Just because you like a particular property, that does not mean it is best for you to have. Especially if you are one of the first time home buyers, you should consider these things below before you jump into any decisions.

1. Whether to work with a Realtor

While it is true that hiring realtor is important in real estate transaction, it is still up to you on whether or not to hire one. Off course that if you have enough knowledge about the whole process of the transaction. However, if this is your first time in buying a home, then it is best for you to hire a professional agent to make sure that you will have a smooth process for the transaction. Moreover, if there are any confusions about the process, you can always ask your realtor about it. They will be the one who will explain what and what not to do when it comes to real estate investment.

2. Whether to work with a buyer’s agent only

There are some real estate agents are buyers agents or some are sellers agents and some do both. That means you have to know which of the parties you wish to work with. Choosing the right agent is can be a tricky thing to do. That is why it is best for you to be keen when it comes to your decision. Of course, you also have to weigh which party should you trust to make sure that your real estate investment is a success.

3. What neighborhoods to look in

Whether you realize it or not, the community plays a big factor when it comes to healthy living. Obviously, you do not want to live in a place where you are not sure of the safety and security, right? That is why, when you go for house hunting, you have to make sure to ask what kind of neighborhood it has. Moreover, this is one of the many things you can make sure that your family will have a healthy environment to grow up with.

4. What you can afford

As a homebuyer, this is one of the most important decisions you need to consider. Never invest in a home that you cannot afford. Purchasing an expensive property that is beyond your primary income can give you a headache later on. This will lead to a financial problem if you are not careful in choosing and deciding on the kind of property you are going to purchase. Moreover, there are a lot of resources available in the real estate market. You can choose the right property for you to have.

5. Whether to deal with potential problems in the home

One way or another, there will be problems that can be found during the final walk-through of the property. That is why you need to make sure that there will be no damages that can ruin your son-to-be-home. And to give you a proper look at your home, it is advisable to hire a professional to make sure that everything is going to be okay.
Although decision-making can be a little bit tricky especially when you do not know anything about real estate, you can achieve a desirable outcome when you know these tips above.

 

Home Living: Clutter Hotspots and How to Deal with Them

“Clutter is stuck energy. The word “clutter” derives from the Middle English word “clotter”, which means to coagulate—and that is about as stuck as you can get.” –Karen Kingston

Inexplicably, we always end up with more clutter than we desire. Over the years, it would seem that clutter multiplies by itself without any real assistance from us, and this is especially true for small spaces such as studio apartments and some condominium units.

Whether it may have been from years of accumulating stuff or a certain disregard for proper disposal of unnecessary items, clutter remains to be one of the biggest problems a small space owner can have, and it is one of the primary sources of stress as well. Little apartments and small spaces come with a big responsibility regardless of whether you are living in a condo in Davao or an apartment in BGC ( Bonifacio Global City), the fact still stands. Follow these tips to maintain a clutter-free home without having to purge all of your stuff.

1.) Empty the sink

After a long tiring day at work, it could mean spending too much energy on washing the dishes after just making a meal. However, if you do let it pile up in the sink or temporarily concealed it somewhere guests would not notice when they come over), this should be your top priority cleanout area. Immediately wash the dishes and dry them over on a drying rack. Take care of putting them in place later, just do not let them pile up.

2.) Rethink Recycling Bins

Recycling bins with open tops are easy avenues for stacking clutter and a potential pit for an overflow of rubbish. Alternatively, replace your open bins with a waste receptacle with a lid or stack another bin on top which would aid you to sort paper from plastic and would double your space for trash bins in just the same amount of area. Switching to closed bins would also encourage you to take out the trash more often than open bins as being unable to close the lid on a waste bin would tell you that it cannot accept any more rubbish.

3.) Manage your mail

If you tend to leave stacks and heaps of mail and bills lurking anywhere in your home, then a quick fix to manage this before it becomes a permanent eyesore is to have a basket where you can set it down. A slim magazine file is a good alternative as well if you need to separate must-read mail from the unnecessary catalogs you receive if you are the type of person who loses things in a pile.

4.) Stop shoe piles

Too many pairs of shoes can be an eyesore, but if you are a collector you would need to find an appropriate place to store them in, Ideally, culling the pair of shoes you own is the best way to go about this dilemma but if this is not an option, try placing them underneath your bed. Purchase a shoe cubby storage with slots for different kinds of shoes which you can fit underneath your bed or at the bottom of a closet and do not waste space by turning them into your shoe den.

5.) Let your closet breathe

Inevitably, your small space is going to come with a small closet and dresser. With this in mind, it is imperative to prioritize what you store in them based on usage. Plan your ensembles and outfits according to the season. If it is summer, it would be more than fine to store your clothes for the rainy days such as coats, jackets, and sweaters in somewhat inaccessible places. These apparels can be stored in a box underneath your bed or even underneath your closet and can be taken out when the appropriate season for them comes.