Renovating your Geist Home

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775

As Spring approaches you may put your Geist home for sale or you may decide to renovate and stay a little longer.  If you want to just freshen it with some paint, I just wrote a post in the Carmel Real Estate blog on this.Renovations

Renovations are tricky, how much and which rooms are always at the top of the question list.  As a general rule, kitchens, baths and backyards sell houses.  If you are on a higher end price point, a "to die" for basement helps too!

Try to work smart.  For example, if you hate your cabinets, don't throw them out; think about either resurfacing/painting them or just getting new cabinet doors.  Sometimes just changing the hardware on the door fronts can give a new look.

Another kitchen favorite is to remove the old lighting in the bulkhead (or remove the whole bulkhead) and hang pendant lighting over the island.

If you need more space, moving walls may not be in your budget.  But sometimes you can gain space by working with an existing closet or the hollow space between studs.  I know when I redid my master bath we found space in the hollow studs and now I have a bench seat there!

Plan for energy efficiency, new buyers and home owners appreciate "green". 

Seek multiple bids; if you need reliable contractors, let me know.  I work with quite a few that I would be happy to share with you.  I also have a 10% off Lowe's coupon if you are interested...just email me.

Paybacks on renovations vary and I have the latest list if that is of interest to you.  Overall, do the renovation for you if you plan to live there for awhile.  If you are doing the renvoation in preparation for a sale, speak to a Geist Real Estate agent first to ensure you spend your money wisely.

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David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

I especially appreciate the fact that you talk about reliable contractors. As Realtors, we often have professionals we've worked with and the outcome has been positive. - David

Apr 23, 2011 12:21 AM #1
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Geist residents would be wise to contact you Cindy so they are aware of what it takes to prep their home to sell. 

Apr 23, 2011 12:22 AM #2
Navona Hart
Real Living Cornerstone - Farmville, VA
Selling the Best Properties in Central Virginia

Cindy, the green is sweeping the country, and when remodeling I too believe that the owner needs to think of ways to be green.  I also bet your contractors love that you give referrals.  Way to go.

Apr 23, 2011 12:34 AM #3
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Cindy, Crucial decisions being made when someone is renovating.  Never hurts to contact their favorite REALTOR(R) for a consultation BEFORE tearing anything up.  The change you're planning may REALLY hurt later if not done properly.

Apr 23, 2011 12:43 AM #4
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Cindy - love all your tips, especially resurfacing cabinets because new ones can be very costly and now you've got me wondering if I have any hidden space I can!

Apr 23, 2011 01:39 AM #5
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Cindy, These are some great renovating ideas. Checking with their local REALTOR(R) and a contractor is very important too and can possibly save them time and money too.

Apr 23, 2011 02:04 AM #6
Elizabeth Byrne
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
Arlington Virginia Real Estate

Cindy, great ideas for everyone considering renovation. It is always a challenge to decide on what improvements to pick - most of us have limited budgets. Have a great day.

Apr 23, 2011 05:39 AM #7
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