Clearwater Fl Homes for Sale find Improvements Can Increase Homes Value

Clearwater FloridaNot all home improvement projects are created equalIf you are looking at Clearwater Fl homes for sale, just know that  not all home improvements are created equal. Especially if you’re looking for “resale value” back from your improvements.

A recent from the Wall Street Journal lays it out cleanly. Function beats flash these days so be wary of where you spend.

A national report found environmental upgrades such as home insulation and energy-efficient steel entry doors are recovering a much greater percentage of their cost these days than major remodels including kitchens or bathrooms. This is especially true for homes that are already “over-improved” relative to the neighborhood.

Tip: Upgrading the biggest and best homes on the block can be a losing proposition when if comes to resale so if you upgrade your home do it to enjoy it while you’re in it not to get a financial benefit in the short run.

The article’s findings include data from groups such as the National Association of Home Builders, Remodeling Magazine, and Consumer Reports. It lists the following home improvements among its top “paybacks”:

  • Steel entry door replacement : 129% cost recovery
  • Wood deck addition : 81% cost recovery
  • Vinyl-replacement window : 77% cost recovery

Energy-efficiency projects also recoup costs monthly in the form of lower heating and cooling bills. Locally we are also seeing things like new windows and roofs being important because of the impact they have on our insurance bills and the fact that those improvements come with significant insurance rate credits – some people see 20%+ drops – that’s real dollars for 5 years.

Remodeling Magazine says a larger number of homeowners will remodel their homes in 2010 with less emphasis on upgrading kitchens and bathrooms, and more emphasis on adding new rooms. From an appraisal perspective, this is a terrific way to increase yourClearwater  home’s value — especially if your home’s bed/bath count lags your neighbors.

Before starting a Clearwater home improvement project, regardless of whether your goal is increase resale value, talk with a Clearwater Fl real estate agent about other homes in the area and how they’re built and what home buyers are looking for. At worst, you’ll gather some ideas you can work into your plan. At best, you’ll keep yourself from over-improving  – which many home sellers are suffering from during this post real estate boom time.

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Got questions, just give us, your local Clearwater FL Realtors a call or talk to your loan officer about your pre-qualification/pre-approval letter before you bid on a Clearwater FL home.

So if you’re looking for Clearwater FL Realtors we’d like you to know that we are passionate about being your Clearwater Florida real estate advocate. We’re committed to delivering Results daily based on Integrity, Knowledge & Experience – helping you find the perfect Clearwater FL homes for sale.

 

We’d like to be YOUR Clearwater FL Real Estate Team!

Call Cyndee @ 727.710.8035 or Jack @ 727710.8036

Warmly,
Cyndee and Jack Haydon
Charles Rutenberg Realty

Clearwater FL Real Estate Office
1545 S. Belcher Rd
Clearwater Florida 33764
727-710-8035 (Cyndee’s cell)
727-710-8036 (Jack’s cell)

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2 Comments

  1. Excellent post Cyndee! These are vital tips about home improvements that not all owners and buyers are aware of. Thank you for sharing your expertise and knowledge as Clearwater beach Short Sale Agents.

    Bob Hertzog

  2. Thanks for sharing this Cyndee! Not all homeowners know that home improvement projects can be a disadvantage when they sell their home… so it is important that they first seek advice from experienced realtors or Clearwater Beach Short Sale Agents.

    Bob Hertzog

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