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November 2014

What Repairs Really Need to Be Made?

What is the purpose of a professional home inspector's report?

Professional home inspectors give an unbiased review of a home. If a home needs repairs, it does not mean that it "failed" the inspection — it only means it needs repairs.

Prospective home buyers often mistake an inspection report for a mandatory repair list for the seller. A fact that all Realtors®, sellers, and home buyers must understand is that sellers are not required by law or contract to fix repairs suggested by the home inspector.
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5 Remodeling Projects You Think Add Value

But Really Don’t

Landscaping PoolsAs a homeowner, you should be spending money on remodeling projects, repairs, and maintenance that help keep your home operating well and looking great. Of course many cosmetic upgrades, like updating the kitchen, add beauty to the home, make it more attractive to potential home buyers, and add functionality. But sometimes homeowners want to add features to the home that provide enjoyment and whimsy, and hope that these features will add perceived value at time of sale. Unfortunately, some of these projects might be seen as unattractive, an eyesore, or too expensive to upkeep – thus becoming a project that detracts value. So before you start calling contractors and scheduling appointments, you may want to make sure you’re not doing one of these low-value projects, especially if you are planning on selling anytime soon.

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10 Ways to Boost House Value

Smart upgrades and fixes won't cost you a lot of money

HouseHere's what veteran real estate professionals from around the country have to say about what home improvement projects pay off, whether you are selling now or in the future.

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Upgrading Electrical = Increased Value

Electrical Box

By today's standards, a typical residential electrical system could be 100, 125, 150 or 200 amps.  Federal guidelines and national codes require a minimum upgrade of 100 amps for a single-family residence.  If a home does not meet this minimum, one should consider to upgrade.  

A licensed electrician should evaluate and analyze the system to determine the current and future power needs of the household. An upgrade isn't cheap (the national average for upgrading to 200 amps is over $2,000), but it should be considered an investment. It can increase the value of the home and make it easier to sell. The homeowner should get bids from licensed electricians before commissioning the job. If the circuits are mapped out before the electrician arrives, it could cut costs of the job.

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