Often I am asked by homeowners, "What
renovations/ improvements should I be doing to my home to bring the highest return?"
In today's marketplace...Grosse Pointe properties are prime
hunting grounds for renovating homeowners. Our market continues to see homes neglected in
basic renovations, i.e. updated Kitchens, baths, heating systems. Luckily, there's
tremendous resources available in the Pointes for tackling a renovation job.
surprisingly, the Kitchen will bring you the most return on your renovation dollars.
Corian countertops are making way for granite or synthetic granite-like materials. Wood
floors and ceramic tiles are still a popular choice...as are the new synthetic wood floors
(they're good-looking copy-cats and very durable). Center cook/preparation Islands are
still in vogue due to their practicality and versatility. Large, live-in Kitchens are
most popular among young families. It's the next best thing to Family Rooms located off
BATHS: The Bath...more
specifically...the baths make the difference. The larger...the better. However,
many buyers realize here in the Pointes when the majority of homes were built, post-War
1940's homes just didn't have the luxury of large baths. Two story additions have aided in
remedying this fact. Second floor additions allow room for more Bedrooms and Baths.
OFFICE SPACE: Another popular
room up and coming is the Office. The home office is truly becoming a necessary room for
the 90's and beyond. Parents are finding employers more amiable to the idea of working at
home while raising youngsters. Even if a family doesn't work at home, the computer needs a
room to "live in". This room also offered privacy for work or entertainment for
anyone in the family that needs the computer.
HEATING: Heating systems are
and have been a great way to update properties. Whether you have gas steam or forced air
systems, consider upgrading your heating system for safety's sake. Maintain your system,
keep a carbon monoxide detector in the appropriate location (some experts say up in the
Master Bedroom, while others say in the basement near the heat source. Contact your
heating/cooling specialist for
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