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Renovating for Resale: Tips for Success

Recent Atlanta real estate conditions have been ripe for investors and renovators, and we’ve seen fantastic rehabs pop up all around our neighborhoods – Ormewood Park, Candler Park, Grant Park renovations that really breathe life back into our communities.

Renovating a home isn’t simple, however, it requires jumping innumerable hurdles, following proper channels, financial management and an eye for design. It also requires market foresight because renovations, ideally, should boost the home’s resale value. How do you ensure you’re renovating for resale? Here are a few tips to follow.

  1. Energy efficiency isn’t a trend, it’s a money saving, environmentally conscious feature that nearly every discerning buyer will look for in his or her home. Consider upgrading your windows to double pane and getting extra insulation in your attic. Energy Star appliances, digital thermostats and low-flow faucets and toilets are all good investments to make during a renovation.
  2. Renovate rooms that everyone uses on a regular basis. Kitchens, for example, as well as bathrooms, are two rooms that give you large return on your investment. Master suites, although not communal, are also great rooms to renovate – and think large closets and attached baths to make the suite truly a separate entity.
  3. How is the home’s security? People want to feel 100% safe in their homes, so security systems, proper locking mechanisms, sturdy doors and secure windows are imperative.
  4. Always think about the first impression. Curb appeal is almost always underrated when it comes to home renovations. Yard improvements can be made relatively inexpensively, so if you’re planning on overhauling a main living space, set a little aside to have the yard spruced up. Curb appeal is especially important if you’re trying to sell your home.
  5. Take it one step at a time. If you execute a major renovation that makes your home much more valuable than the homes around it, getting it to appraise will be challenging when it comes time to sell.

By renovating the right spaces and making deliberate, secure and energy efficient decisions, you guarantee that you’re renovating your Atlanta home not only for yourself, but also renovating for resale.

Posted by:  Maura Mitzner, President

posted: Jul 28, 2012 | No Responses

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