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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 4/25/2021


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No matter which home renovation project is next on your to-do list, you may want to consider making changes to your plan in order to complete a more sustainable project. Eco-friendly home remodel projects allow you to get the look that you want and the functionality that you need while still protecting the environment.

Here are a few tips that you can consider if you want to complete an eco-friendly remodel:

Opt for Energy-Efficient Features

Regardless of which room you are renovating or which project you are pursuing, there are likely energy-efficient features that you can incorporate into your design. In the kitchen you may want to consider upgrading to energy-efficient appliances that will use less energy to operate and ultimately will reduce your utility bills. In the bathroom you may want to look into low-flow toilets and touchless sinks that can help prevent water waste in this high-traffic area. Other energy-efficient features that you should keep in mind include added insulation, solar technology and smart devices that can be automatically programmed to reduce the amount of energy you use in your home.

Reuse Materials Whenever Possible

When completing a home renovation project, it can be tempting to buy everything new in order to get a fresh start. However, it is often more responsible to reuse materials. In many cases you can easily reface or repurpose an existing item because it is still in good condition. Some ideas for materials that you can reuse or repurpose include:

  • Cabinets - You can repaint or re-stain your cabinets rather than replace them entirely.
  • Hardwood Flooring - You can have your hardwood flooring repaired or refinished instead of installing new flooring.
  • Furniture - You can update your existing furniture in order to match your new room, rather than purchase new furniture. Cloth furniture can be reupholstered and wood furniture can be refinished.

Invest in Sustainably-Sourced Materials for Your Project

As you are compiling your material list for your next remodel project, you should consider sustainable alternatives that may be available. For example, you can purchase wood for your project that comes from a local farm or was processed at a nearby facility. Shopping local reduces the need for transport, which has a significant impact on the environment. You also can consider purchasing organic products that were created with sustainability in mind.

Choose Low VOC Paints

Low VOC paints are the ideal option for you if you want to complete an eco-friendly home renovation. These paints are created and produced in a way that is less harmful to the environment. In addition, low VOC paints are practically odorless and healthier for everyone in the home as well. The best part is that you can choose a low VOC paint without sacrificing the color or finish that you prefer for your project.

When you plan a green home renovation project you can feel good not only about the results but also about the way in which the project was completed. Sometimes it is a series of small steps that make the biggest difference when it comes to protecting the environment and preserving the world for future generations.





Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 4/25/2021

While home remodeling can be about getting your home some major cool points, you really want to be focused on the home remodeling projects that will provide you the greatest amount of return on your investment. There are certain home remodeling projects that just aren’t worth it. Others will help the value of your home truly soar. It’s important to invest your money carefully and thoughtfully. If you know that you’re moving in the near future, you may not even want to undertake remodeling projects for fear that they won’t be worth it. There are certain projects that are absolutely necessary for you to complete if you hope to get the top value for your home. You don’t ant to put in thousands of dollars with no sign of return for your investment. 



Think Simple


You don’t need to get complex when it comes to remodeling your home. Take a look at what needs help on the surface. This will include things like new kitchen countertops, replacing sinks, cabinet refacing, or floor retiling. Don’t bother with huge structural changes to the home. Also, keep in mind that someone else has a different taste than you. Keep things neutral. You might love a bright yellow kitchen, but it’s certain that the next owner will probably have a different preference. 


Work With What You Have


While you may wish that you had a lot more space and hope to put an addition on the home, the next owners could have a different vision. While there will be more square feet of living space, many buyers look at a home’s potential for them. There’s no sense in starting a bunch of huge construction projects that will only become a costly source of stress. 


Make The Necessary Repairs


Buyers will love a home that has a fairly new roof over one that will need a roof replacement within a couple of years. You should fix the things around the home that need to be tended to. This includes window replacements, roofs, electrical outlet work, and major yard issues. 


Don’t Forget The Outdoors


It’s important for your home to look good from the outside as well. Buyers appreciate a home that has been well taken care of. Take the time, money, and effort to keep up your lawn and outdoor landscaping. Planting some greenery around can never hurt. While new owners may have different tastes than you, it’s always a bonus to move into a house and have a little less work to do on the outside!





Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 11/8/2015

After numerous years of living in your home, you will soon become bored of the same decorations and furnishings, or at least stop appreciating them. This in turn can create a dull environment to live in, which is the last thing you want in your home. By following these tips in how to spruce up your house, you can ensure that your home always looks vibrant and welcoming. Sprucing up your home does not have to cost a lot of money, as you will find that there are many bargains available when it comes to finding decorative items. In fact, one way to get these bargains is by shopping online, as many reputable home decoration stores have great offers available. The first thing to keep in mind as you begin creating that new look in your home is that you should always work towards a theme. In fact, this is one of the most important tips in how to spruce up your house, because without the right type of theme, you will find that your decorations can look very noisy to the eye. The best way to begin sprucing up your home is by focusing on one room at a time, and as you finish that room, you can then gradually move onto the next room. By taking this approach, you will be able to focus on that theme, and you will also not feel overwhelmed in the process. Lastly, keep in mind that it is necessary to get the input of your family, because this will ensure that everyone is happy with the overall new look of your home.





Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 8/30/2015

 When spending big money on remodeling and upgrading your home, getting the most return for your investment is key. Spending $20,000 on an upgrade that isn't going to add value to your home may please you in the moment, but not when your trying to sell and get that money back.

Things like your roof, furnace, and siding are all big investments that bring a big return. Two rooms in the house that are always heavy hitters as far as return on investment is the kitchen and the bathroom, but be sure these rooms are both functional and beautiful! No one wants to buy a house that has a beautiful kitchen without enough counter space, or traffic flow that doesn't work.  Curb appeal!  Curb appeal is important because it's going to not only draw buyers in, but also give a sense of a well maintained home. If you yard is in shambles, your home probably is too. 
Also consider added space, every 1,000 square feet adds about 30% to the value of your home, so additions can be well worth it. Just don't expand your home so much that the value supersedes those in your neighborhood. 

Upgrading your home can not only make it a place for you enjoy even more, but also add significant value to it. Choose where to spend your money wisely and reap the benefits when it comes time to move. 




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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 9/14/2014

If you are looking for ways to increase the value of your home, then there are some simple guidelines to follow, as well as a few projects you may want to consider avoiding altogether.  Depending on the region, a particular home remodel has the potential to make or break a potential sale. Swimming Pools - Homes with swimming pools generally do better in the warmer states, where they can be seen as a welcome addition during the hottest months.  However, a home in New England that has a pool is increasingly likely to be viewed as a headache.  Maintenance costs, family safety, and seasonal accessibility make this addition one that is in reality more likely to hurt the chances of being able to sell your home quickly.  Not to say that you shouldn't have a pool if you have your heart set on it.  Just don't count on it making your house more appealing.  If you already have a pool, then try to sell your home in the spring or summer, when the pool is in use.  This will help potential buyers see the benefit of the addition, without reminding them of the headaches associated with upkeep. Koi ponds and indoor aquariums - These items, while beloved to a homeowner, may turn off a buyer who isn't interested in being a pet owner.  There aren't a lot of uses for an aquarium installed in a wall for someone who doesn't like the idea of having fish.  Similarly, koi ponds on the property have the capability of turning off an owner that doesn't necessarily want to have a portion of their backyard dedicated to a project that they have no interest in taking over. Converting garages and second bedrooms - While these renovations generally arise from necessity, they can hurt your resale value in the future.  Garage space is fairly desirable these days, and especially so in cold climates that deal with large amount of snow.  Converting a garage in New England isn't generally a good idea unless you absolutely need the space.  This is also true in the cases of converting second and third bedrooms into office spaces.  While a new buyer may consider at a later date to convert an extra bedroom into an office space, they may not want to have the option forced on them.  Most of the time, a two-bedroom house with an office will remain on the market longer than a three-bedroom house. Fireplaces - They can be beautiful, yes, but fireplaces are quickly falling out of favor with buyers, and are increasingly being seen as a messy addition to a home.  In 2009, a consumer preference survey from the Nation Association of Home Builders ranked fireplaces as No. 1 on a list of what NAR called “Home Fads That Are Falling Out of Style.”  Not to say that fireplaces don't have a market.  Many people are still looking for homes that contain one or even two.  But installing a fireplace in an existing home can be very expensive, and the return on your investment wouldn't be that great.







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