Choosing a home improvement service
Home Improvement Service
After moving into your home there will most likely be a list of changes you want to make. This could be changing the interior décor in the kitchen, adding a conservatory or maybe carrying out some general repairs. However, if you don’t have any experience with DIY then why struggle with the work yourself when you can get a professional to do it for you?
Here is a list of qualities you should expect from a reputable home improvement service:
- Quick turnaround time: the last thing you want after moving into a new home is to turn it into a construction site for months at a time. Therefore, hire a home improvement service that can get work done quickly.
- Competitive pricing: with so many home improvement companies out there you can negotiate on the price. The competition factor for your business ensures that you should be able to find a good price for your needs.
- Reputation: one of the first things to look out for is the kind of reputation a company has before hiring them. In the building trade reputation is one of the most valuable assets a company can have.
This post was written by Stefanos Anastasiadis on behalf of Hurford Salvi Carr.
Take the eclectic charm of the Highlands, add Northern influences, then give it some breathing room on seven wooded acres adjacent to a nature preserve, and you’ve got 2205 Shady Spring Court.
Located on a secluded cul de sac in Paramount Estates in Oldham County’s Prospect, it’s evident this house was built to be a lived in and not simply a showpiece, though there’s no denying the sublime craftsmanship and décor.
Owners Elizabeth Sullivan, a learning specialist and therapist, and John Sullivan, M.D., a child psychiatrist, had restored an old home on Hill Road in the Highlands in the 1990s. At that time, they were sending their four children to St. Francis of the Fields in Prospect. The commute got to be too much, so they decided in 2001 to build a home closer to the school. The couple worked closely with builder Doug Amlung and architect Mary Herd-Jackson to bring as much of the Highlands with them as possible.
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Fabulous contemporary home MLS #1394507 on popular and convenient Woodstone Way! Gorgeous natural setting and large, terraced lawn that backs to preserved area - will not be developed! Exciting design at 4107 Woodstone Way with warm, inviting spaces for entertaining. Significant updates to kitchen and baths - incredible master suite! Finished walkout lower level affords the new buyer endless opportunities.
Absolutely darling Cape Cod home in beautiful Cherokee Gardens at 596 Sunset Road, Louisville KY 40206. This updated home MLS # 1394430 showcases a newly remodeled kitchen with custom cabinets and granite countertops. Spacious living and dining rooms, with gorgeous hardwood floors throughout 1st and 2nd floors. Custom wainscoting and wood trim in entry hall. Cozy library with custom upholstered walls. Great dressing room off Master with lots of built-ins. Large finished basement with plenty of room for all your family activities.
The first home built in the Greenhill section of Mockingbird Valley MLS # 1394415. Traditional Georgian Colonial style at 485 Lightfoot Road, Louisville KY 40207. graciously situated on .8 acre. Random-width pegged oak flooring throughout, exceptional built-in cabinetry and millwork, and a seamlessly integrated two-story addition are among the fine features of this classic brick home. An open layout with center hall allows a circular flow for easy entertaining as well as convenient family living.
For Zachary Hornsby and Stephen Lewis, the American dream is a $15,000, 160-square-foot home on wheels. It is their way of escaping economic hardships they saw family endure during the Great Recession. "I don't want to be in that same situation, where you have to work 50 to 60 hours a week," said Hornsby, adding his mother now is selling a home valued for less than what she paid for it. Instead, Hornsby and Lewis have become part of the "tiny house" movement, in which people live in homes typically less than 200 square feet — often built atop flat-bed trailers — to avoid being saddled with a large mortgage. (From Courier-Journal.com) Read more.
Wonderful executive residence at 4415 Stone Lakes Drive and MLS 1376371 on lake-front lot and cul-de-sac too! Many updates to this stylish home with two story foyer, see thru fireplace in kitchen/great room, hardwood flooring, butler's pantry, walk-out lower level has entertainment area with bar, bedroom and full bath. Walking-fitness trail and playground plus fishing lake are just beyond your back yard!
An outstanding home for a family or somebody who likes to entertain at 2200 Douglass Woods Ct and MLS 1394161. Loads of space and rooms for any purpose or occasion. Meet professionals in the formal living room; Set a large table for dinner in the formal dining room; Interact with family or friends while preparing food in the OPEN KITCHEN leading through the breakfast eating area into a large family-room. Pick from your choice of TWO MASTER BEDROOMS - one on the first level or one on the second level.
(From Marketwatch.com) When I remodeled my house, I knew what I wanted: a bigger kitchen with room for two refrigerators, more family space and another bedroom. But there are dreams and then there’s reality. My husband and I began wondering not only how much we could afford, but how much was wise to spend. So we called our real-estate agent and explained our plans, with hopes she could help us set a budget. Read more.
When you’re investing in any asset class, there’s no such thing as a sure bet—and residential property is no different. Whilst there’s potential for capital growth, there’s a flipside of a potential stagnation or decline in market value.
You can reduce these risks by implementing a simple strategy—diversifying your property portfolio. You can do this in two ways. First, buy properties in a range of locations; that is, different suburbs within a city, and/or different States.
Buying all your investment properties in the same suburb or neighborhood means you’re intensifying your exposure to potential changes outside your control. For example, if you buy all your properties in an area where shifting ground increase the prevalence of major cracking, you could be up for tens of thousands in repair bills, more than once.
Further if you buy all the properties in a location that later loses popularity (such as a ‘boom’ town based on a single industry which later goes bust) reduced demand from buyers could affect the resale value of all your assets. If you buy all your properties in an area which later plays host to a freeway that creates considerable nearby traffic noise, you’ll bear an increased risk that not one, but all your properties will stagnate or fall in value.
By diversifying across areas within a city, you can minimize the risk of substantial cash outlays and capital stagnation or loss. If one property takes a hammering, the pain won’t be as bad when your other properties are holding their own.
The second diversification strategy involves buying across different price ranges. This will provide more flexibility when the time comes to sell and free up equity; for example, when you’re nearing retirement and want to top up your super fund.
Let’s say you have $1 million to spend. You can purchase a single asset with the whole amount, or two assets...
First-time home buyers haven’t been much help in the housing recovery, but it isn’t because young adults stopped aspiring to become homeowners. “Though they see a tough road to affording Homeownership, younger renters [those between the ages of 18 and 39] still are very likely to say that it’s in their future plans,” wrote Sarah Shahdad, strategic planning analyst with Fannie Mae, commenting recently on Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey. “The vast majority still plan to own someday; about half plan to buy a home the next time they move.” Read more.
Despite a weak first quarter, home prices are still expected to rise by 7% in 2014, according to Wall Street analysts. “We continue to expect home price appreciation to moderate from the torrid pace of mid-2012-13, supported by improving employment and growth prospects,” said analysts from Morgan Stanley (MS). “We leave our 2014 projections for new home sales (450-500 thousand units) and home prices (up 5-7% for the year) unchanged.” Read more.
The number of homes for sale is on the rise, a long-awaited welcome to home buyers who are finding more selection than last spring and less competition, according to realtor.com®’s National Housing Trend Report for March of the 146 markets it tracks. Inventories of for-sale homes on realtor.com® in March increased 9.5 percent higher than year ago levels, according to the report. The median list price is $199,900 – 5.3 percent higher than in March 2013. The median age of inventory has also risen – 22.9 percent above year ago figures to a median of 102 days on the market. Read more.
As existing-home sales and home prices make remarkable strides upward nationwide, remodeling projects are also continuing to make a comeback in a big way. This is the second year in a row that all 35 projects in Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report saw more home improvement dollars recouped upon resale of a home than the previous year. Existing-home sales reached 5.02 million in 2013, a 9.1 percent increase from 2012, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Home prices also rose in 2013: Existing homes commanded a median price of $197,100, up 11.5 percent from the 2012 median price of $176,800. This is the largest price gain since 2005. Also for 2013, the cost-value ratio of remodeling projects nationwide averaged 66.1 percent, up 5.5 points over the previous year — which is, like median price, the largest increase since 2005. Read more.
Is renting or buying a better financial bet? Every six months, Trulia’s chief economist Jed Kolko runs the numbers to answer that question and help you stay on top of the trends. So what does Trulia’s Winter 2014 Rent vs. Buy Report tell us? Although the gap between renting and buying is narrowing across the U.S., homeownership is still 38% cheaper than renting. Homeownership remains cheaper than renting nationally and in all of the 100 largest metro areas according to Trulia TRLA -1.26%’s latest Winter Rent vs. Buy report. Read more.
Guest Post by Doug Chapman, www.homedaddys.com
Most of the stress is in the rear view mirror now that you finally have the keys to your new home. You’ve made everything happen, from signing the paperwork to getting financial details under wrap. Now it is time to move it and officially make it your own new home!
Many times people start thinking about how am I going to pay for this? How am I going to pay for that? Well when you start having these feelings about furnishing your home, don’t fret. Everyone seems to go through these emotions. The key is, how do you manage it?
Good news – there are many ways to decorate your new dream home while being on a budget. There are so many options to spruce up the house without crushing your bank account. The key is – find the right ideas!
Here are five suggestions to decorate your new home while keeping within your budget:
- One of the simplest ways to add flavor to your new home while being on a budget is to look at the flooring. You don’t have automatically put new flooring in – whether it is carpet or hardwood floors – you could also add a special little touch with an area rug. It may sound like a band-aid to your new home before you can actually put forth the money to go all out, but in the short term it is a great idea and you can adjust as needed.
- Another key is to make sure that you don’t use all of your financial resources in just one room of the house. You know the most-used places are typically the kitchen and living room – so make sure that you spread your finances out and focus more on those. However, the key is to not pull all your marbles in those...
In his annual letter to shareholders, billionaire and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett talks about how two small non-stock investments in real estate from years ago were keys to teaching him about investing. Buffett says in the letter that in 1986, he purchased a $280,000 400-acre farm about 50 miles north of Omaha, Neb. From 1973 to 1981, the Midwest saw an explosion in farm prices, but then the bubble burst and prices declined up to 50 percent or more. That's when Buffett decided to buy. Read more.
Moving across the country can seem like a huge job – one that you might feel like you’re not really up for. While hiring a moving company to do the work for you can seem like the best option, the truth is that it may not be worth the thousands of dollars a single move is going to cost you.
A cross-country move can also have you wondering what to expect on the other side, especially if you’re moving to a place you haven’t spent a considerable amount of time.
If you’re planning a big move in the near future, make sure you take these cross-country moving tips into account before you even start packing.
Know What Your Dollar Is Worth
Moving across the country to a place you’re not familiar with can leave you wondering about the housing market. Even if you’ve done some preliminary searches on the internet or even a bit of in-person investigation, knowing what housing is actually going to cost you when it’s time to rent or buy isn’t always easy.
However, it is essential that you do something before you plan that move to make sure you’ll be able to afford the city you’re living in. Moving to a new city for a great job isn’t ideal if you’re moving for a pay increase that won’t be enough to actually allow you to live comfortably in the city.
In general, big cities on the West coast like Los Angeles and San Francisco are going to be the most expensive, just like big cities on the East Coast – New York and areas like Miami, Florida – are among the most expensive.
Before making your move,...
Great Infographic extolling benefits of hiring a real estate agent. Courtesy of Courtesy of: Park City Real Estate - JensenandCompany.com.
By Kurt Jacobson
Making the decision to purchase a new home can be rather overwhelming, especially if it is your first home or you are moving interstate. There is an awful lot to think about, particularly when it comes to thinking about financing, selling your existing home, finding an area to move to, and of course looking for potential new homes! It can be easy to get wrapped up in the financing details, and forget that you are actually looking for a new home to spend the next chapter of your life in and share with your loved ones. Keeping sight of this fact, and choosing the best home to suit your needs, is the key to homeowner happiness.
You will undoubtedly view many houses before finding one that is suitable. And indeed, this is recommended. Viewing numerous houses helps you to realize what you like, what you don’t like, what your price range will let you purchase, and which areas you are most drawn to. However, when you look at lots of houses in a short space of time, it is easy to lose track of what you are looking for. As you only have a short amount of time to view each property, it is important to take as much information in as you can from each home. So, what are the important details when you are viewing a potential home? Well, here are some of them.
First of all, there are several things you should bring with you to the open house. You will need a tape measure, a camera, and a notebook. Write down as much as you can while you are in the house, as it is easy to become confused when you are viewing multiple houses. By taking notes, you can remember which house had the spacious living room, which had modern kitchens, and which was bathed in afternoon sunlight. Don’t be afraid to take photos either, but make sure you check...