Dfiore916, Both Buyer and Seller in Stockton, CA

Best Bang for my Buck...??

Asked by Dfiore916, Stockton, CA Wed Oct 7, 2009

I have a 2 Bed/2 Bath, and I live near Pershing and W Park, and I wanted to know what are some possible upgrades that would give me the most on my return 2-3 years down the road? I understand that I will be at a capped housing market, but I do most of my work myself (along with a professional), so most of my upgrades are done for a fraction of the typical cost.

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Hello Dfiore916,

The area of Stockton that your project is in is an older very established neighborhood! So, be sure to keep all remodeling as much as possible looking like the way it was built. It is sort of like restoring an automobile (don't change the original looks). The most important rooms are the kitchen and the bathroom. Spend most of your time and money in those rooms.

The property is located near Victory Park; which is an area where it is really hard not to do well! Location, Location, Location.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 24, 2009
Hi Dfiore916,
Typically your "best bang for your buck" is in the kitchen and bathrooms. But I would also look at other things like your windows and flooring. Here are two great articles which give you ideas on best upgrades and what a typically upgrade would cost.

http://www.bankrate.com/finance/real-estate/home-improvement…
http://www.remodeling.hw.net/2008/costvsvalue/national.aspx

I hope that helps... :)

David
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 8, 2009
I have been both a realtor and home remodeler for about 12 years, albeit not in your area. However, I feel that most areas of the country are the same in that large home improvement stores and home improvement media drive people to what they want. For instance, about a year ago every ad and the big home improvement stores were focused on granite. Now in our market, if you many homes don't have granite when up for sell buyers just turn and go to the next home that is for sale with granite. When we do "flip" homes its the little things though that will matter... they will separate you... here are handful of things we just did for a client to "separate" his home. Wood foyer, undercabinet lighting, fluorscent to recessed lights, new front entry door, tiled 1 bath, new fans, painted the shudders.... they were small but it made his home "pop".
Web Reference: http://www.LKNcabinets.com
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