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By Manisha Jain, Broker, Realtor | Broker in 97229
  • Enjoy Steam Therapy Right at Home

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate in Portland, Design & Decor in Portland, How To... in Portland  |  June 10, 2011 7:27 AM  |  1,211 views  |  No comments

    Interested in having your own steam shower? They are a popular trend. While easier to install during a remodel, you can also retrofit an existing shower. Costs range from $1,800 to $4000, depending on scope and location.

    What is the difference between a traditional steam shower and a modular or residential steam shower?

    The overall cost of a steam room is mostly in the building materials used. A typical steam generator set-up is only in the $1,000 - $2,000 range depending on size of the generator. Since steam rooms are typically made of marble or glass this adds to the cost of building the room. Modular steam showers however start at around $1,500 for a fully functional good quality economy model. You can expect to pay a little more for luxurious steam showers with integrated whirlpool bath-tubs and hydro massage jets these showers but these are still cheaper than a typical custom steam room.

    Benefits of Using a Steam Shower for Steam Therapy

    • Can be an effective treatment for respiratory and sinus conditions such as asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis and allergies
    • Helps the body clean itself of toxins and waste
    • Destroys pathogens in the body
    • Expands blood vessels and increases circulation revitalizing your body
    • Stimulates the immune system
    • Increases flexibility
    • Enhances skin tone
    A steam shower can be a great upgrade in your home while you cut down on your healt club bills.

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  • How to remodel with potential buyers in mind

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Portland, Remodel & Renovate in Portland, Design & Decor in Portland  |  June 6, 2011 2:34 PM  |  1,135 views  |  1 comment

    When you are remodeling your home it is important to strike a balance between your needs, the needs of future potential buyers. According to Remodel Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, homeowners can typically expect to recoup over 70 percent of what they pay for a minor kitchen remodel. Focus on the basics, like cabinet resurfacing, countertops, and flooring but stay away from pricey hand-painted tiles or built-in espresso machines. Remember, bold or unique product selections such as orange cabinets or red countertops will likely alienate future buyers, so stick to neutral themes.

    Do your research to determine what remodels yield the highest return on your investment. When selecting an area to remodel be conscious of your neighborhood. Remember, your location is a large indicator of the price you can expect from future buyers, so if you do indulge in high-ticket items, enjoy them, but don’t expect a large return on your splurge. Currently, the remodels with the highest returns are: entryway doors, garage doors, finished basements or attics, and vinyl siding.

    Best regards,  

    Manisha Jain, MA
    Broker, REALTOR (R)*
    "A Name Friends Recommend"
    Phone 503.644.2560
    CENTURY 21Wright & Assoc., Inc.
    14025 SW Farmington Road, Suite 360
    Beaverton,  OR   97005

  • Tips on getting most return on your remodel investment

    Posted Under: Curb Appeal in Portland, Remodel & Renovate in Portland, Design & Decor in Portland  |  June 6, 2011 2:28 PM  |  1,160 views  |  1 comment


    Remodeling Magazine and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) recently released their report comparing remodeling cost vs. value. The results vary depending on multiple factors including: region, quality of work, value of homes in your neighborhood, and when you plan to sell your home in relation to the completion of the project.

    According to the overall findings, to boost the value of your home, start by upgrading the exterior. Curb appeal provides best ROI. Replace your front door with a steel or fiberglass entry door to add curb appeal and value. Give your home a facelift and dramatically improve your facade by upgrading your existing siding. New garage doors will enhance your home aesthetically and functionally. 

    The report also mentions that new windows save owners in energy costs and often add to resale value. When possible, the addition of a wood deck to outdoor living space is definitely a sought after amenity by potential buyers.

    As for interior remodels, convert unused space into living areas. Finish the basement or convert the attic to a bedroom. Also, minor kitchen updates such as counter, cabinet, floor and sink upgrades are always big selling points.

    Best regards,  

    Manisha Jain, MA
    Broker, REALTOR (R)*
    "A Name Friends Recommend"
    Phone 503.644.2560
    CENTURY 21Wright & Assoc., Inc.
    14025 SW Farmington Road, Suite 360
    Beaverton,  OR   97005

 
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