House renovation tips

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Every year, hundreds of thousands of houses of every style, shape and size are bought and sold across this country. In spite of all the differences, many of them have one very important thing in common: a RE/MAX professional who is the driving force behind the transaction. RE/MAX agents buy and sell more houses in your area than anybody else.

When you choose RE/MAX Alliance you are choosing the combined experience we have gained from every deal we've completed. This experience and expertise ensures that you get the best possible price. Our agents have done extensive research with homeowners, to better understand what makes them tick. This enables us to help you in many ways. First, knowing your preferences is invaluable when it comes to finding that perfect house. Open concept or traditional? Lofty or intimate? As a homeowner, you are likely to re-sell at some point and should consider the benefits of the neighborhood. Remember, choices you make regarding improvements or renovations can drastically influence your house's market value.

LANDSCAPING IT ALL STARTS AT THE CURB! Everyone knows the value of a first impression. Landscaping the front and backyard of your house can give you a 7% better return on your renovating dollar over the average return on other popular renovations you might consider. Increasing your curb appeal can be as simple as adding containers of brightly colored flowers. Another idea would be to add a low-maintenance garden for blocks of color and texture. Also, consider a simple water fixture in the back yard to add ambiance.

KITCHEN THE KITCHEN IS THE HUB. Ever wonder why "kitchen parties" naturally occur every time you have guests? Well, it's because the kitchen is the hub of every house. It's where we get nourishment, refreshment, gather and regroup after a busy day. It is a room with real value for every family. Kitchen upgrades can really deliver, typically with a 44% higher return on investment over the average return on other popular renovations you might consider.

Whether you're working with a contemporary kitchen or more of a country feel, stainless steel appliances continue to hold a lot of interest. In cabinetry, look at fine-grained maple, stained or natural, over the traditional heavy oak look of the past. Laminates and marble are great choices for countertops, but granite continues to be the most popular surface of all. Check out the latest fixtures in today's new, brushed nickel finishes.

FIREPLACE REKINDLE YOUR PASSION FOR LIVING. Nothing beats the feeling of curling up around a fire on a cold winter's night. Not to mention the comforting feeling of hearth and house that a fireplace adds to a room. Installing or upgrading the fireplace in your house could generate 11% greater return on investment than the average return on other popular renovations you might consider.Gas fireplaces have made huge advances in popularity thanks to recent increases in efficiency as well as advances in design. A gas fireplace delivers the best of both worlds - all the comfort without the mess and maintenance.

BATHROOMS DISAPPEAR IN YOUR PERSONAL SPA. Today's stress-filled world leaves us all crying out for rest and relaxation. Making your bathroom the best it can be can generate a 56% better return on investment than the average renovation.The goal should be to create a spa-like environment in your bathroom by installing a soaker tub with relaxing jets, or perhaps a new steam shower stall.

GREAT IDEAS UNDERFOOT Great looking floors are a strong feature of any house. It often makes all the difference. This upgrade can generate a 22% better return on investment than the average. Start by ripping out that dated wall-to-wall carpet. Then, sand your existing floors down and refinish them, or choose one of the many easy-to-install and affordable laminates now available. A darker stain gives an elegant, yet up to date look. Use area rugs to accent and ground the space.