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How's Your Curb Appeal?

by The Schuman Team

 

Curb appeal is a popular buzz word in real estate. Your home will be judged within seconds based on how it looks from the outside, regardless of how many interior upgrades you have done.

Knowing this, we highly recommend to our clients that they evaluate their landscaping on a yearly basis to ensure it is always looking its best.

BUT MY YARD LOOKS GREAT

Let’s be honest, no one is going to tell you that your landscaping looks awful. The homeowner is often the last person to realize their yard needs work.

Next time you approach your home, stop at the street and take an honest look to see how it appears. Also, compare it to the rest of the neighborhood. Is it beautiful and well maintained, or is it overgrown in places, needing a little work.

YOU WON'T SELL WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE

While having professionally maintained landscaping is great, all the time, money and effort you put into your yard is wasted if you can’t see your home due to overgrown trees and bushes.

While it may not be a big deal to you at this time, it will affect resale. Additionally, there are benefits you can enjoy immediately by trimming and removing overgrown trees and landscaping.

I personally had a tree get so big in my front yard that we couldn’t see half of my house. The fact that it was a great tree and looked so pretty in the fall kept me from seeing the reality that it needed to go.

We hired a well respected landscaper who made some recommendations including removing that tree. I fought him on it but now that it’s gone, I realize we should have done it much sooner.

Not only can we see our house again but we get a ton more sunlight in the rooms that were previously darkened by the shade of that tree.

NOW WHAT?

If you have the means, I highly recommend hiring a professional landscaper to assess your property. I realize it’s not a cheap endeavor but it’s a worthwhile investment, especially on higher end homes.

If cost is a concern, the internet has a ton of sites full of great do it yourself ideas. Fall is a great time to get good deals on trees, bushes and perennials, so now is the time to take action.

How the outside of your home looks is a reflection of you. So take some time to make sure it looks great.

Home Improvements - Cost vs. Value

by The Schuman Team

Our clients constantly ask us about the types of things they can do to add value to their home. Typically, you can never go wrong with kitchens, baths, and a decked-out lower level, things that today's buyers gravitate toward.

There are a lot of things to consider, however, including how long you plan to remain in your home. There's no reason to do a major kitchen remodel if you plan to move in 3 years. Sometimes just putting in granite, new fixtures, and painting can make a difference in terms of resale.

Here are the top 5 projects that will give you the biggest bang for your buck, in terms of percentage of costs recouped*:

1.  Garage Door - 109%

2.  Entry Door - 84.1%

3.  Siding - 79.9%

4.  Windows - 65.4%

5.  Kitchen - 62.9%

Here's a link to the cost vs. value report for the Cleveland area.

* Source: Remodeling Magazine

If you are planning on doing some projects around your home this fall, just be aware of expectations regarding your return on investment.

5 Winter Projects That Will Increase Your Home's Value

by The Schuman Team

Winter is the best time to do home improvement projects.

Why? Contractors are more available, material prices come down before the spring market, and you may personally have more free time on your hands, especially during winter vacation.

So with that in mind, here are 5 projects you should consider this winter to add value to your home.

1.Wow Your Walls - Adding trim, crown molding, accent walls or a sharp new paint color can provide an instant upgrade to any room.

2. Bring On The Backsplash - For a relatively small amount of money, a backsplash is an easy way to completely change the look of a kitchen.

3. Let There Be Light - Changing out dated light fixtures, ceiling fans, and adding lamps can make a room look more current and brighter.

4. Closet Organizers - Wire shelves scream "builder grade" to buyers. Spending a little money can add much needed space and organization to a closet and add resale value down the road.

5.  Hardware - Get off your ass and replace that brass! Most people have outdated hardware, including doorknobs and handles. Replacing all of your hardware is a project that will change the look of your entire home and can be easily done yourself.

These projects will help you fall in love with your home again and offer value down the road when you go to sell.

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HOWARD HANNA REAL ESTATE SERVICES
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Pepper Pike OH 44122
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