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Top 7 Home Renovations That Will Pay You Back

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Home renovations can significantly raise a home’s value, which can mean more money when it comes time to sell. Here are the 7 best fix-ups, both big and small, that will pay you back:
1) Front Door
We’ve all heard about the importance of curb appeal. Be sure not to miss the focal point of the front yard: your front door. It’s amazing how a replacement door, or fresh coat of paint on the existing door, with new hardware, can refresh the overall vibe of your home.
2) New Paint Kitchen
Think of it as a facelift for your house. A fresh coat of paint can change the appearance. Don’t forget, wood should be re-painted every three to seven years; stucco, five to six.
3) Anything eco-wise
The simple task of replacing appliances with low water, low-energy options can make a big difference in a real estate listing. Your home sounds up-to-date. Here’s what I suggest you tackle since all are smart-money options: tank-less water heaters, front-loading washing machines, new insulation in the attic.
4) Kitchens
You can do a complete renovation, adding square feet and creating a home chef’s dream kitchen, or you can do a few things that will make a big difference. Just changing the cabinet doors, countertop and flooring might be enough.
5) Bathrooms Master Bath Room
Renovating with luxe surfaces like marble or tile mosaic will make a big difference as long as the design is clean and classic. If a full renovation is not in your future, swapping out the sink and bath hardware and re-grouting tile are good options.
6) French Doors
French doors can make any space feel more spacious and elegant. Replace windows in a family room, den or dining room with French doors that open onto an outside patio. What a difference!
7) Upgrade the outdoor space
Don’t concentrate on expanding your home’s square footage. Instead, take advantage of our beautiful weather and add to the best room in the house: your backyard. Adding an awning to a patio area or creating an outdoor living space can be the best renovation when it comes time to sell. Garden Seating Area
If you are considering selling your property in Montecito, Hope Ranch or any of Santa Barbara’s upscale communities I would be delighted to discuss home renovations that will help the sale. Take a look at my comprehensive website then call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at For those considering moving here, I am happy to show you the amazing properties available in Santa Barbara.

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