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Should You Update Your Home or Sell It As-Is?

When you decide you are ready to sell your home, there will be many decisions to make like selecting a firm and agent to represent you, determining the list price and when you want to list your home. Before you get to the listing stage, you will need to determine if you plan to sell your home as-is or if there are improvements you want to make before listing.

Improvements come in all different sizes so depending on the age and condition of your home, there may be small improvements you can make or larger improvements that can change your home significantly. If you want to sell your home for its maximum value, it will need to be updated and have all systems in working order. What if your home is not in that condition currently? Is it worth making changes? It depends on what needs to be done and how much it will cost.

If your home needs repairs (not updates) like a new roof or repairs to an HVAC system, those should be made. When homes have major components that are not working, buyers will likely offer significantly less for a home. If your home is just dated, the updates are likely to cost more than the return they will be bring so it may not be wise to proceed with updates if the only reason is to increase your value. Depending on the market you live in, it may be necessary to update your home to help it sell if you live in a competitive market. If your home is not updated, you will want to remember that you will not be able to price your home the same as an updated home that recently sold because it won’t be comparable.

If you are thinking about making updates to your home but plan to live in it a few more years, the return is likely to be worth it. Historically, homes appreciate on an annual basis, so the appreciation coupled with the enjoyment you get from the updates you make to your home, are more likely to make the updates worthwhile. There are also some updates that usually have a greater return on investment than others.

When you are trying to decide what is best for your situation, you do not have to make the decision alone. As your trusted real estate advisor, I am always willing to have a conversation about your real estate investments and offer advice based on my experience and knowledge. I am available to you before, during and after the sale for real estate advice not just when it is time to sell.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

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Four Must Haves for Your Kitchen

Four Must Haves for Your KitchenFor many people, your kitchen is the hub of your household. If that is true for you, take the time to make sure your kitchen is adequately updated for maximized efficiency, comfort and style. With so many options for kitchens available, how will you ever decide what you want? It’s always a good idea to think about the future resale value of whatever you choose as well so it doesn’t detract from your home whenever you are ready to sell. Here are four kitchen features you don’t want to skip.

  1. An island. There are so many ways to incorporate an island into your kitchen and they come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it adds just counter space and storage, bar seating, a cooktop, prep sink or all of that, an island creates a nice space that is open and easy to work at without cabinets above it like most other parts of the kitchen. This makes it an ideal solution for prep space, and you are sure to love it.
  2. Corner Storage. No matter how efficiently your kitchen is designed, there are corners and there will always be things that get pushed to the back meaning you forget about them completely or choose not to use them often because it is too hard to get them out from the back. Add a lazy susan in your corner. This will allow your storage to rotate back into the cabinet space and keep things you use easily accessible.
  3. More than one kind of lighting. Gone are the days of one light in the kitchen. With multiple ways to use your space, you need a variety of lighting to complement the space. You will enjoy the benefit of a light over the sink, additional lighting over the island, bright lighting for any prep spaces and even under the cabinet lights to add ambiance and function.
  4. A pot filler. If you cook daily, you will fall in love with this feature instantly. Tired of filling your heavy cookware with water at the sink and lugging it to the stove, add a pot filler beside the cooktop and use it to fill all of your pots with water with just a flip of the handle. This isn’t as big an undertaking as you think as water is probably only a few feet away from where you want this to be installed.

All of these features will add instant appeal to your kitchen, and you will love the flexibility they provide when you are preparing meals for your family. If you ever want to discuss remodel ideas and how they will impact the value of your home or need a recommendation of a good contractor to install your new island, give me a call.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Brokers License #01264041

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Don’t Wait! Fix this Today

Don't wait! This this todayWhen you own a home, it seems there is also something that needs your attention. Regular maintenance can go a long way to extending the life of the systems in your home. There will always be some things that break unexpectedly but regular maintenance can decrease the number of surprises you encounter. While you don’t need to have the handyman on speed dial to address every running toilet, dripping faucet or loose piece of siding, there are many items that can get drastically worse if not repaired right away.

  • Roof issues can lead to major (and expensive) damage quickly if left untreated. Missing or loose shingles, loss of granulation on shingles, gutters full of granules, bent or sagging gutters, overflowing gutters or gutters that have separated from the house leaving holes for water to penetrate, loose or missing flashing…all of these are things that should be addressed as soon as you see them. You can’t predict when the next storm might be strong enough to cause damage. Remember, water damage is often taking place for weeks, months or years before there is visible evidence of it so you need to proactively look for issues and address them before you see damage.
  • Be aware of any areas in your home that are prone to moisture issues. Bathrooms and kitchens are often at the top of this list, but crawl spaces and other areas can have moisture problems as well. Beyond the damage that moisture can cause to surfaces when left unaddressed, damp areas are also a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Don’t freak out if you see mold in your home somewhere, it can grow quickly in the right environment, but address it immediately. Small mold outbreaks can be treated by correcting the issue of the moisture and treating the mold with a bleach solution. When left untreated, mold can take over an area very quickly and require professional (and expensive) remediation.
  • Pest infestations can cause significant damage quickly. No matter where you live and if your area is prone to wood damaging insects, it is a good idea to have a contract with a pest treatment company. They will inspect your house regularly and provide preventative treatment to keep the pests away. In the event of an infestation despite your best efforts, the issue will be caught sooner, and damage minimized because of your proactive approach.
  • If any part of your home is brick, keep an eye on the mortar between the bricks for issues. As the mortar starts to deteriorate, you will need to repair it. As mortar breaks down, uneven settling may occur causing significant problems.
  • Clip any loose carpet strands so they are even with the rest of the carpet. Long strands can get caught on something and pulled causing an unsightly line across the entire room.

While few people make repairs to most things right away, some are definitely more high priority than others. Check these items regularly and call a professional right away if needed to make sure these problems stay minor and don’t escalate unnecessarily. For additional information on maintaining your home, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
800 421-7005 office
866 278-7765 efax
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

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Cancel the Handyman…5 Home Maintenance Chores You Can Handle Yourself

Cancel the Handyman - 5 Home Maintenance Chores You Can Do YourselfWhen you own a home, maintenance is important to prolong the life of your systems while taking care of your investment. There are many tasks that require a professional but with a little time and effort, even an unskilled homeowner can take care of a variety of home maintenance tasks without having to call the handyman again. Make plans for your next free weekend or even just an afternoon to tackle a few items from your to do list.

  • Keep your gutters clear of leaves and debris. Overfilled gutters can cause lots of damage if you don’t keep them clear of leaves and other debris. Filled gutters can prevent water from running away from your home and cause damage in a variety of ways including roof leaks, rotted wood and insect infestations. There are also gutter guard systems you can install that will help keep your gutters from gathering as much debris in them.
  • Change your air filters regularly according to the manufacturer’s recommendations for your system. This will extend the life of your system and help prevent unnecessary breakdowns. When you are changing air filters, check other filters too such as refrigerators or water filtration systems.
  • Regularly clean your carpets to help lengthen the life of them as well as eliminate dirt and germs from your home. Your shoes carry a lot of dirt into your home even if you wipe your feet before you come inside. Routine cleaning will help minimize the amount of dirt left in your home. It’s easy to call a professional to do this but renting a machine from a local hardware or grocery store and investing a few hours of your time can save you a good bit of money and still give you good results. If you want to make things a little easier, grab a friend and do it together. Two people can make the work fly by and you can split the cost of the machine and help each other do the cleaning.
  • Vacuum your refrigerator coils. Built up dust on your coils can cause your refrigerator to work overtime and use more energy than necessary. A few minutes of your time can save you more than $100 a year in energy savings because your refrigerator will run more efficiently.
  • Add or update weather stripping on your doors. Doors that don’t have adequate weather stripping allow air to escape. With a few supplies and a little time, you can correct this issue and see a decrease in your energy usage right away.

Start with these five simple chores and you will see some immediate results. It can be very gratifying to know that you are personally involved in the care of your home.  For additional information on home maintenance, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
800 421-7005 office
866 278-7765 efax
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Brokers License #01264041

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