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Remodel & Renovate in Seattle : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Jan 24, 2010
Courtney Cooper answered:
Of course. How much money, though are you thinking of investing? If you are doing it to just be comfortable for the next couple of years, just keep resale in mind when you make finish work decisions. There are a lot of buyers who are not interested in a bath tub and if the bathroom is so tiny, then a bathtub in a tiny bathroom might not appeal to a buyer looking for a home with a bath tub... ... more
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Mon Jan 4, 2010
Mack McCoy answered:
Wonder how that turned out.

JAS is an excellent company, btw.
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Wed Dec 30, 2009
deansandra answered:
To answer just your question, you will get more value from that space in your square footage than you would have from the current garage. I realize I am the only one with this opinion so far. I am not an agent but I am a loan officer and I have seen thousands of appraisals and I have noticed how they adjust for values and the above is correct from that standpoint. Whether the appraised value is your "value" may be up to debate but I would think that would be the most accurate analysis since so many things are based on this. ... more
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Tue Aug 18, 2009
Bill Darnell answered:
Sorry to say, but your future resides with a good Lawyer. Anything less, and you get the nasty side of the Tenant laws.

Tread lightly,
Bill
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Sun Apr 5, 2009
No Name answered:
Elain,

You posted this in the "Remodel & Renovate in Seattle" area, but don't mention homes around here... so I'll talk about our market - Seattle is considered a very "green-conscious" area.

I work with buyers every day and "green" is one of the questions I ask in our interview process.

As much as I'd love to say that green features make a difference, they aren't going to make the impact on a dollar-for-dollar basis. "Green" tends to be a label that people associate with charging more for a home for little benefit and in these challenging times, price is king.

That's not to say that there isn't a market. There is a niche market for green-conscious consumers who are willing to pay more for these options, but in the Seattle area, it's still a "relatively" small group of people.

As far as sustaining your homes' values...

Generally, your biggest bang for the buck is to keep "deferred maintenance" to a minimum. That will also help the environment. Keep insulation tight and dry. Upgrade older homes to double-paned windows. Keep water away from the wood siding. Keep gutters clean and draining right. Do regular pest inspections to ensure nothing's eating your house away!

Interior: watch for trends in finishes and appliances. Granite and stainless (or brushes metal) appliances have been the big differentiator in many home sales for recent . Staging is crucial at selling time.

Exterior: clean or fresh paint and a clean or new roof make a huge difference to a home. A neatly manicured front yard will sell a home in a moment.

I hope this helps!
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Thu Jan 1, 2009
Barbara Mcmahon, SRES,SFR,AHS answered:
additionally, keep doors open to unused rooms or areas and keep the heat on 55 degrees. If you have pipes in the ceiling, be very careful. They can easily freeze and flood your home. You might consider heat tape for these pipes. this applies to any pipes in crawl spaces, etc. Don't forget to drain your automatic sprinkler system. If you have tenants, don't assume they will disconnect hoses, etc. visit your home/investment to insure it is protected. ... more
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Thu Jan 1, 2009
Barbara Mcmahon, SRES,SFR,AHS answered:
it might be better to just advertise it as a den. This will save you the $$ for the upgrades. in this market, you may not be able to recoup your $$. Buyers are very creative. They will figure out how to use the house to suit their needs. Also, they will be able to ascertain from the square footage if the home will be adequate n size. ... more
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