How to Increase Your Home’s Value

You’re excited about getting started on increasing your home’s value, and we get it! There are renovations to think about, DIY projects and color schemes to pick out, landscaping decisions to consider, and much more. This is not even mentioning the ever-practical concerns of improving your home’s safety and energy efficiency requirements.

Generally, if you’ve maintained your home to a reasonable standard, there’s nowhere to go but up. And for those ready to start redesigning their living space, renovations can be a combination of elements that enhance your current lifestyle while remaining practical for a resale later. And that’s just the long-run view.

The good news for anyone hoping to sell their home in the near future is that the renovations that add the most value to your home tend to be the least expensive.

Home values are complicated figures which are dependent on numerous factors, so it’s always best to consult local experts about any big ideas that you have for your home. The most important advice we can give you is to consider your local market. National averages can tell you a lot about the overarching trends in home values, but when it comes to increasing the value of your home, local market desires are critical to consider.

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5 Quick and Simple Remodels in a Budget

Home in need of a remodel

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The thought of remodeling a house often makes people envision months of living away from home, long periods of frustration, and – above all – out-of-control expenses. However, remodeling on a budget is definitely possible if you clearly plan what you want to do. If you don’t let yourself get carried away, you can remodel parts of your home relatively quickly. Try the following five quick and simple budget-friendly remodels:

Install custom kitchen cabinets

Custom cabinets are a great choice if you want to spruce up your kitchen without spending a fortune. Custom cabinets are made to your specifications and will add a touch of personality to your space – why not try a sleek design, in the material of your choosing, that’ll remain in style for years to come? Cabinets can change the overall look of your kitchen, so if you’re on a budget, they’re an easy way to remodel without undertaking the expense and time commitment that redoing an entire kitchen usually requires.

Remodeled kitchen

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Restructure and reorganize your closet

Reorganising your cluttered closet space both gives you more room for clothes and also feels great. Buy or construct a shelving unit that fits the space you have and choose storage items such as baskets that suit your tastes. Simply add rods, and you’ll be able to hang more clothing – perhaps on a new set of matching coat hangers. You might like to add a fresh coat of paint to your closet, too – then you’ll really feel like your bedroom has had a makeover!

Expand your home

If you’re satisfied with how your home looks, but find yourself wishing for a bit more space, why not consider adding an extension to your home without the expense? You might like to construct a shed to store excess belongings, or you might prefer to skip the construction project and use an old shipping container. Used shipping containers can be a straightforward and easy way to add an extra room – simply have them wired for electricity and add any other modifications you deem necessary, and you’ll have a new space without having had to knock down any walls. The size of shipping containers makes them perfect for extra bedrooms, but they can also be used for a diverse range of work or leisure activities – you might use yours as an office, a playroom for the kids, or an art studio, to name just a few options.

Add a few touches to your bathroom

You don’t need to redo your entire bathroom to change it for the better. Try adding soft lighting, replacing your old towels with a matching set of decent quality, and perhaps even installing a heated towel rail. If you have the means, consider installing an overhead shower. Sometimes called a rain shower, an overhead shower will allow you to feel like you’re standing in a warm, relaxing rainfall – it’s difficult to imagine a better improvement to your daily shower experience than this!

Repaint a room or two

One of the easiest ways to make a room feel like new is to repaint it. Of course, if you’re painting your bedroom you will have to move out for a few days, but in the grand scheme of things, painting is a relatively painless project. Choose your color schemes wisely, as whimsical colors and patterns may not age well. If you’re feeling particularly courageous, choose to paint a couple of rooms at a time in a matching color scheme.

Even small-scale remodeling can be an exceptionally worthwhile project that both adds value to your home and simply makes it a more enjoyable place to spend time. Remodeling doesn’t have to decimate your savings, so why not make those home improvement daydreams a reality?

 

Cloe Matheson is a freelance writer based in Auckland, New Zealand with experience in writing about lifestyle, health and travel.

Why Choose A Wood Door?

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When selecting the right door for your home, there are many factors that go into the decision, but typically one of the first is whether the door should be wood, fiberglass, or steel.

While it would be no surprise that we feel wood is the best choice for your door, we believe it is important that you understand the “why.” And here are just a few of the reasons we believe you won’t want to choose anything other than a wood door for your home. 

Craftsman Front Door

Each Wood Door is Truly Unique

Personalization throughout the home is becoming a mainstay in design trends. The truth is, homeowners want to add their personal touch to the home because they want it to reflect their personality.

Just like each person is unique, so is each door that is made by Simpson. We don’t have a press that stamps out metal or fiberglass doors. Our wood doors are crafted from different pieces to not only ensure quality construction, but to provide a one-of-kind door. And because wood is a natural resource, no two pieces of wood are alike. This results in a beautiful, natural looking door that is uniquely your own.

Building Aesthetically Beautiful Waterfront Homes

Written by Louise Weston

water front home

Designing an aesthetically beautiful waterfront home starts with considering the house’s placement relative to the water. Having buildings or facilities near the water (like a dock) make the house more convenient for water activities and generally raises its value. On the other hand, having infrastructure that maintains a certain distance from the water means less vulnerability to flooding and saltwater-related wear-and-tear. It’s just a matter of personal preference.

Almost any architectural style will work for waterfront homes. What’s important is how the design of a home takes advantage of the fact that it’s on a picturesque waterfront. In other words: great views are a must. If you don’t have plenty of windows or at least a balcony that’s overlooking the water, what do you need a waterfront home for? There’s nothing like waking up in the morning and peacefully having your morning cup of tea or coffee while seated on a balcony that’s pointed at the coast.

Moving Tips from a Professional Realtor

Author: ErinAnn (Martin) Beebe REALTOR®, CRS®, WCR®, 203k®, Associate-Broker, Certified Home Marketing Specialist®, RE/MAX® Realty Group Rehoboth   

Moving is stressful! Just when you get everything packed, it’s time to unpack and get everything organized in your new place. For many people (me included), the room with the most boxes is always the kitchen.  Take your time and get it right. I promise it will be worth all the effort.

My husband and I purchased our first home together (yay!) in May of 2017. Our new house is full of beautiful kitchen cabinets. I’m even having trouble filling them all.

Before we got married, we both had our own homes full of stuff, sometimes even doubles and triples of things. We both have plenty of moving experience (him five times and me seventeen times). With that many moves between us, we have learned a lot!

Here are some tips we have learned from our many moves that will help make your move a little easier.

Tips for Homeowners: How to Save on Energy Costs

Whether you have a new construction home, previously owned home, or a vintage home – we have several ways for you to reduce your home energy & service costs.

1) Insulate your attic

With an unfinished attic, you want to have insulation in between the ceiling joists. With new construction homes, it is required to have R45 insulation installed. If you are moving into a pre-owned house, look around the attic to make sure the insulation has not been damaged. If so, make sure to replace with new.

ML Jenkins Named General Manager for Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry

ML JenkinsMark Woodruff, President and CEO of Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry and Richard Reed Co-Owner recently named M.L. Jenkins General Manager for the company, which sells and installs building supplies on Delmarva. The company has been in business for more than 25 years with a showroom and warehouse in Lewes, across from Nassau Valley Vineyards, between route 9 and route 1.

M.L. Jenkins a native of Milton graduated from Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes back in 1979. M.L. stayed in the local area working for various companies in the building supply industry. Prior to Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry M.L.s experience ranges from building houses as a self-employed contractor, a ten-year career with Nanticoke Homes overseeing their Purchasing Department, and Kitchen and Cabinetry Design at Lowes in Lewes. This year, M.L. celebrates fifteenth years at Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry.

Understanding Condensation in Your Home

Have you ever looked at your window and noticed condensation? Were you alarmed this was a problem with your windows? Then you might be happy to hear windows do not cause condensation.

Under certain conditions, condensation can occur both inside and outside your home but windows do not cause condensation. The source of Condensation, or “sweating,” on windows and mirrors inside a home is caused by humidity, or invisible water vapor, present in virtually all air.

When this water vapor comes in contact with a surface, which is at a temperature below what is called the “dew point,” the vapor turns to visible droplets of liquid or condenses on the cooler surface. This often happens to bathroom mirrors and walls after someone has taken a hot shower.

Condensation can also occur on windows during the winter if the inside humidity level is high enough. When it comes to condensation outside your home, it is simply a fact of nature. Exposed to certain conditions, like a clear night sky, still air, or high relative humidity, the exterior surface of the glass can radiate heat away from your home and into the night air, allowing the glass temperature to fall below the dew point of the ambient air—creating condensation.

Homeowner Tips: How to Maintain Your Hardwood Flooring

For many homeowners, hardwood floors are a must-have: They’re classic, attractive, and add value to the home. But once a homeowner has those hardwood floors, how do they take care of them so they retain as much of that value as possible over the lifespan of the house? 

Know the Enemies of Hardwood Floors 

Once homeowners understand what damages a hardwood floor, they can make sure to protect it. Top enemies of hardwood floors are moisture and scratching. 

It’s smart to develop a policy of mopping up spills as soon as possible before the liquid has time to penetrate the floor. To protect floors in the winter and spring, when shoes may track in snow or water, use a boot tray in the entrance or carefully wipe the feet on a doormat to remove moisture from shoes. 

Protect furniture with felt pads and avoid walking on hardwood floors with high heels (which can damage the wood surface), so that floors will age much better. 

If there are children in the home, provide rugs in play areas so that children do not accidentally damage the wood floors during play. It’s also more comfortable for the little ones this way! 

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