Home Improvements that Make Sense To Do

stock-photo-3164773-executive-home-bar-and-entertainment-room Cosmetic improvements done to your home are usually good investments if you are planning on selling, or thinking about sprucing up your home.  There are many home improvements that can cost you less than a hundred dollars and make a difference to your home.  Structural improvement or fixes to your home are more costly and may not show the curb appeal you were hoping for considering the amount of money you are spending, but that are extremely necessary for you to do.  Foundation and basement waterproofing repairs are too important to forget about it.  For more about this topic follow the links below.

Realtors Ask For Help Dealing With Crumbling Foundations Problem

Realtors in Connecticut concerned about home sales falling apart due to cracking foundations, are looking for direction on what to tell their clients.

Northeast Connecticut realtors are begging for guidance when it comes to the growing crisis of failing concrete basement walls, but say they don’t know where to turn.

Realtors tell the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters that deals have already fallen apart because of the issue plaguing hundreds of homeowners from East Hartford to Union.

Union First Selectman Andy Goodhall, who is also a real estate broker, said he is frustrated because he had no answers to questions being asked by employees, clients or constituents.

“I don’t see the urgency out there,” says Goodhall. “We need information. We need science. We need direction.”

Realtors who have contacted NBC Connecticut say they are seeking guidance from the industry’s licensing body, the Connecticut Association of Realtors, but are receiving none.

5 Things all this rain can tell you about your house.

5Things all this rain can tell you about your house.

–         It can tell you if your roof is leaking.  Sounds obvious, but it can also tell you if you need a brand new roof or just a minor repair.  It is easy to get a free roof analysis which will let you know of any issues with your roof be they major or minor.

–         It can tell you if you have leaks in your foundation.  It can also tell you how the water is getting in and what may or may not be wrong with your foundation, whether your landscaping needs to be re-done or if your French drains are clogged.

–         It can tell you if you need new gutters.  When it rains hard can your gutters handle all of the water or does water pour over the edges?  Water pouring over the edges goes straight to your foundation (see above).  Could be your gutters are too small to handle the flow.  Could be your gutters are clogged with gunk, yes even if you have gutter covers.

–         It can tell you that you will have mold issues.  Mold thrives in wet, warm areas.  Water inside a house, water inside your crawlspace, and water in your attic – these all fit the bill for mold.  All this rain helps you track it down.

Home improvements that pay off

If you’re planning to sell your home now or in the near future, you may be considering renovations or upgrades to make it more marketable and secure a higher sales price.

Before you start counting the additional profits you’ll make from these modifications, you’d be wise to speak with a real estate professional who is familiar with your neighborhood and surrounding area.

In a hot real estate market, buyers may be willing to overlook cosmetic shortcomings. They recognize that they can make their own changes to suit their lifestyle needs as long as they can get into a the right home in the neighborhood they want.

However, during cyclically slow conditions such as during the winter months and around the holidays, the right modifications could make the difference in how quickly your home moves or the price you will get.

If you are considering investing in home improvements it’s important to focus on the upgrades that hold real value to prospective buyers.


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