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Thursday, December 12 2013
What Your House Wants For Christmas

We know most of us are in the midst of making lists and checking them twice but have you taken a moment to think about your house and what it might want for Christmas?  No seriously!  Your home is your biggest investment, it gives you shelter and warmth shouldn’t it get a gift or two?  

(Remember, this is your house speaking…)

New windows: Things got a little drafty this year, and I know you weren’t too happy about the hike in utilities cost. Some new windows will make both of us happy.

A Deck: Not only will this make my yard more inviting, but just think about all the family time that can be gained by a new deck. When summer comes around again, barbecues can take place somewhere that everyone can get together, instead of out in the driveway.

A New Front Door: To be honest, the peeling paint and warped wood on my front door is more than a little embarrassing. Just think about what will happen to your curb appeal with a brand-new front door. Maybe the mailman won’t be afraid to knock on the door anymore.

A New Roof: Do you really think that those spots on my roof are supposed to be there? Not only will I look better with a new roof, but you’ll also get your money back in increase in home value. Santa almost didn’t land on my roof last year, I’m not sure what he’ll do this year.

A New Garage Door: That dent from when your daughter accidentally put the car in reverse before letting the garage door open all the way is not going to fix itself. A new garage door could really make my exterior look like you did a major makeover, and don’t worry, I’ll keep it between us that all you did was swap out the garage door.

New Siding: Do you wear clothes that are frayed or have holes in them? Well, I don’t know if you’ve seen some of my siding recently, but I’m pretty sure your “work jeans” look better than it does. I’d look as new as the day you bought me with some newly-replaced siding. Maybe you could even switch to that siding that Bob down the street just put in on his house. I heard he doesn’t have to paint it. Tempting, right?

Some Custom Upgrades: Maybe instead of a regular front door, you could spring for a nice iron one, or maybe a custom window for my foyer, so that all the neighbors’ jaws will drop in awe every time they pass by. I just know that something custom will really make me stand out on the inside.

And if you have splurged on other people on your list, here are some easy and last minute gift ideas:

Have my furnace inspected and serviced, and give me a clean filter. 

Have my chimney swept (ahhh it will feel like a massage to me). 

Install a carbon monoxide detector on each floor.

A new “coat” of insulation for my attic.

Merry Christmas,

Keith & Reechia Powell

Powell Realty ~ Homes for Sale in Plano

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Tuesday, September 25 2012
We have been discussing home improvements, the best projects for your return of investment, today we are going to discuss some ways to stretch your budget and how to decide what is most important if you are planning to sell your home.  
In the last article we discussed the importance of maintaining or updating the necessary for safety items of your home.  Today we are going to look at more cosmetic items.  
If you are living in the house and intend to live there for a longer than a year, look to your own lifestyle for the answers. If you are fixing up to sell, consider the most likely buyers of your home and pick your projects accordingly. In a home that is far from restaurants, with multiple bedrooms, the kitchen may become more of a priority. Bathrooms that are dated, with poor lighting or storage, or with other issues often come next in line.
Sometimes less is more: If the yard and landscaping are overgrown, consider simply "bringing it under control" rather than jumping right in to a major renovation of the yard, especially if you have interior work to do as well. In fact, consider whether spreading the budget over several areas of your home makes sense rather than working each area top to bottom and rotating around. Sometimes small, cosmetic upgrades in multiple areas are enough to change a "sense of home" and are easier to tackle, providing energy for the larger, more daunting tasks.
For example - rather than spending your entire budget in the kitchen on a complete overhaul, it might be possible to update counter-tops, flooring, sinks, faucets, and appliances with part of it and allocate some for improvements on the landscaping or exterior that will boost the curb appeal, as well. Don't become attached to ideas too quickly. Survey other homes in your area and consider options before committing to one project or another.
Understanding your budget, skills, and time-frame in which you hope to accomplish (and enjoy) the improvement, and knowing the value of your home is a key to successfully maximizing your return on investment when improving your home. If your home needs to be updated to bring it up to the values of those around it, you probably stand to get the most back for your investment, so don't put it off - accomplishing improvements while you are still in the home to enjoy them is the best reward of all. And, when you sell your home, we will be able to highlight your improvements and how you cared for the home.
Helping you sell your home is our goal,
Getting you through the process is our expertise!
Keith 214-649-4823
Reechia 972-979-9978
Posted by: AT 01:46 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, September 21 2012
In our last article we talked about home improvements and the return on your investment.  Today let's look at the top 5 projects to bring your the best return on your investment.  
Here are the suggestions from contractors and real estate professionals:
1.    Kitchen
2.    Bathrooms
3.    Interior Painting
4.    Roof
5.    Heating/Cooling systems
Hiring contractors for a renovation, remodel, or improvement is the most common practice - you can chose whether to hire a professional for just part of the task or the whole endeavor. However, homeowners who enjoy and are proficient at "do-it-yourself" projects can realize even greater returns on investments by undertaking home improvement projects themselves. There is not a single method to achieve a positive return on your investment, rather you should look at the big picture and plan from there. Some jobs, especially easier ones with excellent cosmetic results can make a home more attractive with little money out of pocket.
The trick is, finding the balance between skill and expertise, time spent and tasks that you actually enjoy accomplishing. In addition to enjoying the work, remember that poorly accomplished projects can become detractors to potential buyers or cause other issues, so ensure you have the skill before you begin a project.
What you select to refresh, renovate, remodel or upgrade will likely depend on budget constraints and overall needs. Property in need of repairs to systems that directly affect the well-being of the home and its inhabitants should be completed first. Roof, foundation, water, sewage, electrical, heating and cooling systems fall under this category. While not as "satisfying" to behold, these systems must be in good working order for the home to function well and not deteriorate.  The good news is that while you are upgrading or updating electrical, you might be able to add some additional well-placed sockets or lighting fixtures for minimal additional cost. When replacing water or sewage pipes, you might be bringing in someone who can aid you in updating toilets, sinks and/or faucets.
In our next article we will talk about ways to stretch your budget and offer some thougths about how to decide what is most important. 
Until next time, remember we are here if you have questions or need recommendations of vendors. 
Helping your find your home (or sell your home) is our goal,
Getting you through the process is our expertise!
Keith 214-649-4823
Reechia 972-979-9978
Posted by: AT 12:00 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, November 15 2010

Sometimes we want to change things up a little – whether you are selling or not – just a small change can make your home feel “new” and fresh.  Sometimes moving the furniture around helps, sometimes it needs to be something a little more visible and permanent.  The best change is one that doesn’t cost much and yet gives you a new feeling, so here are a few ideas for you to consider.  

Curb Appeal

Improving your home's outer appearance will improve both the value and charm of your home. Re-painting the front door and trim will give the front of the house the feel of a newer home.   Maybe your front door and entry way doesn’t need fresh paint but a good wash would do the trick.  Clean out the cobwebs, dust and leaves that can gather when you are looking.  A little minor landscaping work (trimming shrubs, cutting the lawn, replacing sod) over a long weekend can dramatically change your home's look. Add some potted flowers on the front steps or entryway. Consider investing in new doorknobs, house numbers and a mailbox as well.

Light Fixtures

If you have older lighting fixtures that date the look of your home, consider replacing them with new, more appealing hardware. While you can certainly spend a lot of money on high-end fixtures, cheaper alternatives are available in a number of styles. Brushed nickel and stainless steel fixtures are especially possible. If replacing all of the fixtures in your house isn't realistic from a financial standpoint, selectively change out fixtures in key areas such as bathrooms, bedrooms and exterior lighting.

Wash Exterior

You don't have to re-paint the exterior of your home to achieve a facelift. Washing the exterior siding will breathe new life into the house's appearance. Pressure washing sidewalks and driveways will clear away years of dirt, grime and dust. Avoid the temptation to use a pressure washer on the home itself, as it can easily peel off exterior paint.

Re-Caulk Plumbing Fixtures

Discolored, torn or crumbling caulking around plumbing fixtures can make your home look old and out of repair. By stripping out old caulking and replacing it with a fresh bead of silicon, your bathrooms and kitchen will look subtly revitalized. You can now purchase caulking in a variety of grades and colors, allowing you to match your décor.

Door Knobs


Another way to spruce up a room, the look and feel of your home is to change out the door knobs.  Again this can be a costly or inexpensive option, but you can change the hardware with just a different color (brass or brush nickel) and do a few doors at a time and see what a change it makes.  


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