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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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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