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Choosing Granite Countertops to Increase Home Value

5 Jan

Choosing Granite Countertops to Increase Home Value

Granite countertop are highly desirable among homeowners and home buyers because they are durable, scratched resistant, and have a beautiful aesthetic due to the variations of the natural rock. Granite countertops are so popular, in fact, that they are one of the smartest updates you can make to your home if you are wanting to increase its resale value on the market.

There are many different variations of granite countertops that cover a wide range of colors, patterns, and structural installation. Here are the most common types of granite installation options:

  1. Slab Granite Countertops – This type of granite countertop is considered high end because it is manufactured, fabricated, and installed as onepiece of block that is usually custom-made for a specific area. The average size of slab granite is 4 to 6 feet deep and 7 to 9 feet wide. Slab granite installation is not a DIY project – you must call in experienced professionals to properly handle the task. The cost of installing slab granite countertops can vary a lot depending on what type of granite you purchase and how easy it is to obtain that type of granite near your home, but a common cost is around $50 per square foot.
  2. Modular Granite Countertops – This type of granite countertop is made of smaller slabs cut into pieces that fit your area. You can create any style of surface distribution as you want, and they are about 3 to 4 times cheaper than natural slab stone. Modular granite countertops may have zero or several seams, depending on where you’re installing it. However, since modular granite pieces are quite big, they can still cover many areas without creating seams from multiple pieces.
  3. Granite Tile Countertops – This is the most inexpensive way to install granite. In fact, you can install it yourself, which lowers the cost even more.You can purchase granite tiles any home remodelling store for as low as $4 per square foot if you use ¾ inch granite sheets.

Once you’ve installed your granite countertops, maintain and clean them properly, so they will stay in good condition for years to come. Use granite-friendly cleaning products that do not contain lemon, acids, or vinegar, which will corrodethe surface. Also avoid scrubbing powders or abrasive products, as they can leave scratches on the surface.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


Great Home Air Quality Improves Real Estate Value

15 Dec

Great Home Air Quality Improves Real Estate Value

When you are selling a house, one of the things you should consider is the quality of air inside the house. This isn’t always something that immediately comes to a seller’s mind, but it is important because smell is a powerful sensory factor tied to emotion, and potential buyers are looking for a place that feels clean and homey, not  dirty and potentially threatening to their health.

First and foremost, assess the home’s indoor air quality, so you know which areas are most important to address first. There are companies that offer services that can determine the sources of poor air quality, such as dirty air filters, furniture, and carpet, so you can address them.

One way to improve the air quality in a home is to remove any dirty old carpet since that could be harboring odors, allergens, and air contaminants. Generally, floors that have hard and smooth surfaces are easier to clean, and they don’t retain as much dirt. They are also advantageous from an aesthetic perspective because they offer a nice glossy finish to a space.  since they make the house look better and more appealing especially when there’s that gloss from the floor.

Also be sure to have your air checked for traces of gasses, particularly carbon monoxide, which is a toxic, odorless  gas that cannot be detected without proper testing equipment. Carbon monoxide is released from  gas stoves and gas pipes. In small, normal amounts, it is okay, but if there are any leaks or malfunctions that cause it to be constantly present or in larger amounts than are normal, it can be detrimental to a person’s health and even cause death in serious cases. By being able to assure buyers that the house has been tested for carbon monoxide, they will feel much safer in your home.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent

Use the Holidays to Sell Homes Quickly

1 Dec

Use the Holidays to Sell Homes Quickly

The holiday season is upon us – take advantage of it as a time to sell homes! Oftentimes the holidays are seen as a season in which it is difficult to sell homes due to the cold, wet, dreary weather that affects the motivation of the home buyers. Nobody wants to go looking for homes under such conditions! However, don’t be discouraged by this traditional mindset because you can actually turn the tables and transform the holidays into a season for home selling!

Take a look at the positive side, and one of the first things you’ll realize is that there will be less competition from other real estate agencies this time of year. As a result, it will be easier for you to capture the attention of potential customers. Despite less competition, however, you will still need to  implement strategies to sell the home quickly, and what more obvious way to go about that than to play off the fact that it’s the holidays.

Spruce up the home’s exterior and make it inviting.  Since it’s Christmas time, add tasteful decorations, such as a wreath on the front door or red ribbons on the light posts. Try displaying a large vase on your front porch filled with holiday elements, such as tree branches, dried fruits and nuts, and even hints of shimmer. The holidays remind people of family and good times, so by adding visual holiday elements like this, buyers will immediately associate a certain level of hominess with your house, which is important because people buy based on whether or not they can envision themselves living in a home.

As always, however, remember that it is important to always showcase the features of your home first and foremost. The key to adding a holiday touch is to keep it minimal. Don’t use too many decorations, or you will cover the home’s features. By adding too many decorations, you also run the risk of making the home look crowded and less spacious. Make sure that the colors of the Christmas decorations do not clash with the colors of the home’s design. Utilize lighting that creates a warm and golden glow in your rooms.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent

Green Homes in Real Estate

6 Nov

Green Homes in Real Estate

Green Homes are one of the latest trends in the real estate industry. One of the reasons why green homes are in such demand is because of the increasingly environmentally-aware society. Having a eco-friendly home is an effective contribution to the green efforts of your community. Green homes also offer great benefits to homeowners, since they save money by cutting the need for additional energy.

A green home’s flooring should be made of recycled materials. Being eco-friendly is a trait of a green home and the materials used should be safe for the environment. The installation process involved should be eco-friendly, without harming nature by releasing gas fumes or other toxic elements. The most commonly used materials in eco-friendly flooringare cork, bamboo and linoleum, all of which give off a warm, inviting and cozy appeal. Additionally, they are durable enough to last for years. These materials do not contain harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde, which is known to be damaging to health. Unfortunately, these toxins are present in products utilized in many homes that are not eco-friendly.

One note-worth material used in green homes is salvaged lumber. Salvaged lumber can be obtained from homes that are old and beyond repair. Salvaged lumber has many advantages for your home since it is already aged to a progressive density unlike new lumber. Solar energy implementation is another efficient characteristic of a green home. This effectively decreases energy costs as well as improves energy efficiency.Make sure that the home equipment to be used, such as ovens, washing machines, dryers, microwaves, refrigerators, washers and other electric appliances are energy efficient. Otherwise, look for other green-approved appliances for your home.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent

A Cozy Home Does theTrick in Real Estate

20 Oct

In the real estate world, home staging is crucial to selling a home. Home staging is a very particular type of decorating that includes the right balance between cleanliness and marketability of the home. One important factor is to be sure you do not give off a vibe that is too perfect because then it comes off as untouchable and may make it difficult for a potential home buyer to visualize themselves there. Many buyers admit that they do get intimidated by model homes that appear to be so fancy that they become unrelatable to their daily living.

Therefore, the key to attracting more potential buyers is to stage your home into a comfortable and cozy environment, where they can visualize their families living. When staging, keep things as neutral as possible, so you home will appeal to any client type, regardless of their decorating style. Do careful experimentation with the arrangement of colors and shapes. For example, homes with a modern design often have a colder and sleeker feel, but they can be made cozy by adding some bright colored pillows, a cozy coffee table, and a vintage table lamp.

A perfect way to create a cozier home is to add natural elements. Add real wooden furniture, such as mahogany, rattan, and bamboo. Add fresh flowers in vases to tables throughout the rooms to make things happy and inviting. Even place small potted succulents in your kitchen window sill.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent

Increasing Real Estate Value: Additional Bathrooms

16 Oct

Increasing Real Estate Value Additional Bathrooms

In the realm of real estate, heavy competition is common. Home improvement is an excellent tool for attracting more potential buyers. One of the most common home improvement ideas that will immediately enhance the attractiveness of your home is having an additional bathroom installed. While the kitchen is widely considered the focal point of the average home buyer, bathrooms are becoming more important in that additions add serious value to a home; this is according to the NAHB of the National Association of Home Builders.

Based on home valuation estimations, half bath adds up to 10.5% on the home’s value, while full bathrooms add 20%!There are many cost valuations to consider when building an additional bathroom into your home. One of the things to consider is the region or location your home is in. According to Remodeling magazine, if you plan to have a new bathroom installed in your home on the West Coast, prepare for a cost of almost $50,000. Don’t be immediately discouraged by what you have to pay. The monetary gain will be reaped in the sale of the house.

For those with very tight budgets, don’t be discouraged if you aren’t able to afford an additional bathroom. If you can’t add a new one, remodel your existing bathrooms. This still increases the value of your home. Add new bathroom fixtures, re-paint, and install new bathroom flooring.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent

Increase Your Real Estate Success with Home Staging

13 Oct

Increase Your Real Estate Success with Home Staging

Home staging is a powerful tool for attracting potential buyers and selling your home quickly. Since home staging usually requires a financial investment, it is wise to research lower-cost alternatives for achieving high-end results.

Cleaning is the first priority when it comes to home staging. A perfectly clean home increases the value in people’s eyes because no one wants to buy a dirty house. Start with cleaning all the windows inside and out. Dust furniture, door frames, ceiling fans, light fixtures, and blinds. Throw away anything that cannot be cleaned or that is beyond repair.

Staging also requires depersonalizing your home. Pack away any items that are significant to you, but that do not necessarily add to the interior design of the home or that are so specific that they draw buyers’ attention away from the house and onto your things. You want people to focus on the house, not the details of your life. However, if you plan to market your home to families, it is smart to leave a great photo of your family on display, as it creates a warm, family-friendly environment and allows potential buyers to better visualize their family in the home.

Start packing your belongings. This is important for showing that you really are selling the house and no longer have any attachment to it. This is important for buyers because they want to be guaranteed that this house is officially on the market and that the seller isn’t tempted to change their mind.

Curb appeal is one of the biggest things that attracts the attention of buyers, so focus on improving your outdoor areas. Manicure hedges, clear away brush, cut back tree limbs that hang too low, and plant some flowers that add to the beauty of the home without overtaking it.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent