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Remodeling: Cost vs. Value

Your home is your castle and should be just the way you want it to meet your needs & desires.  If the home you live in falls short, consider a renovation project. If you’re a buyer looking for a Fairfield County home, but you can’t seem to find just the right one, consider spending less money on a house that you can renovate to your specifications.

Remodeling can be a big undertaking, so go into it with your eyes wide open.  First and foremost, make sure you have the time and energy to do it right. Then evaluate how much it will cost you and how much this will improve the value of your Fairfield County home.  To help in that effort, check out the latest ‘Cost to Value Report’ which quantifies the average cost of 35 different remodeling projects and what percentage of that cost you will recoup when selling your home. Continue reading

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Induction Cooktops: Better than Gas?

Gas stoves have long been the preferred choice of gourmet cooks because it allows you to have greater control over the heat.  Now there is another choice out there featuring the same precise heat control with the added value of being energy-efficient. As per the Department of Energy, typical efficiency of induction cooktops is 84%, as opposed to 40% with gas and 60% with conventional electric.

Convections have a flat surface making them easier to clean and creating a slicker look, however all of this comes with a price.  A quick check on prices at the Lowes website has inductions costing $1000-$1,200 more than gas, for the stainless versions of the GE and Bosch brands respectively.  Therefore, as always, consider the features you want and your long-term return on investment before making your purchase. Continue reading


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Popular Home Styles in Fairfield County, CT – Part 1

from bhg.com

Cape Cods, commonly called Capes here in Fairfield County, CT go back to the 30’s.  They were originally designed as one story homes with four rooms on the main floor, a basement and an attic. Today the attics are used as bedrooms and many have been expanded with dormers and even turned into Colonials.
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Reselling To the 55+ Buyer

When making a purchase or renovations to your home, it is important to not only think about how it meets your needs but also how it is going to be perceived by future buyers.  If you are not planning to move in the foreseeable future it may be hard to think like this, but someday it will be of utmost importance. One set of buyers to consider is baby boomers because there are a lot of retirees that are starting to downsize. This market is especially attractive in Fairfield County because this demographic does not have a sizeable number of options. If your home has the bones to suit the 55+ crowd, you may want to consider their needs when making renovations.

The most obvious choice for the 55+ buyer is the ranch style home as it has no steps however there are other factors to consider. According to Jane O’Connor, the publisher of Mature Living Choices Magazine, “Many people are trading older houses for new homes that offer energy efficiency, great rooms and open floor plans.” Let’s explore this and other features that will appeal to this target market. Continue reading