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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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Smart Home Remodeling

Remodeling your Fairfield County home is a great opportunity to create optimal space for your unique lifestyle and it’s an even better opportunity to increase the value of your house.  Both very attractive options since home is your haven and mostly likely your single largest financial investment.  So when it comes time to remodel, its essential that you hire experienced professionals to help you create a practical design,  recommend products & finishings of universal style and to have everything built & installed with high quality workmanship.  Here’s a list of Fairfield County professionals that I have gathered to help make your remodel easier.

When evaluating exactly what design and materials you will use, choose what you like but also think of it from your future buyers eyes. If you are selling your home in the next few years go with what’s hot now to get the biggest return on your investment. If you are not going to sell for years to come, consider a classic design that will not go out of style. Continue reading


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Be Tech-Savvy And Future Proof Your Home

When improving your home, your first priority should always be what works best for your family, however, you also should look at it from your future buyers eyes even if you’re not planning on selling for years to come.  Here is some excellent insight from Lynn Hoffman, Sustainable Interior Designer of Lynn Hoffman Design.

If you are planning to build a new home or renovate your existing one, you will need to make a lot of planning and design decisions to guarantee the results will best reflect and satisfy the specific needs of your family.  Properly plan your project from the beginning, using a skilled contractor who understands the design, configuration, and installation of home automation. Continue reading


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Expected Home Price Increase 2012 & Beyond

Each quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a  “distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts regarding their 4-year expectations for future home prices in the United States.”   Here are the latest survey results.

Price appreciation/depreciation expected over the next four years:


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Using The Energy Guide Label When Shopping For Appliances

At some point everyone has to buy home appliances and perhaps heating and air conditioning.  Hopefully it ‘s not when you have 3 weeks of laundry to do only to find out that your washing machine is broken. Can you relate?  Can you also relate to wandering around the store gazing over the big yellow labels wondering what they mean? Overall these labels are there for your benefit to help you compare the energy efficiency of various appliances in a particular category.  It gives you the entire range and where a machine fits into that range so you can make an educated decision.  You’ll find these labels on clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, window air conditioners, central air conditioners, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, and pool heaters.

The most important piece of information on these labels is the cost per year to run.  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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Modifications to Consider For Elderly Home Safety

Do you have an elderly relative coming for a visit? Or perhaps you are trying to help someone transition back to their home after a hospital stay?  The most important modifications to consider are those that will prevent falls or other accidents, and those that will keep seniors safe in the event of fire.  George Christiansen of Pequot Remodeling offers some simple, affordable options to consider to make your home or their home more safe.

1.  For the bathroom, invest in a portable raised toilet seat with arms.

2.  Install a hand held shower nozzle over the tub faucet, or replace the existing shower head with a hand held variety to blend with your bath’s decor. Continue reading