zillow.com - Real estate agents often hear from clients who are interested in home buying because they “need more space” or they want more “modern” kitchens. There may be other reasons their current homes don’t fully meet their needs: a new job, a new relationship, a new baby and so on.
But buying a new home is never the only solution. In fact, in some cases it may be better to remodel or renovate the home you have. Here are some things to consider when deciding whether to remodel, renovate or buy:
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If you’re looking to do some home improvement projects this year, sprucing up the outside of your home is going to give you the biggest bang for your buck, according to the 2014 Remodeling Cost vs. Value report released this month.
The report, an annual collaboration between Remodeling magazine and REALTOR® Magazine, compares the average cost for 35 popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale in 101 U.S. cities.
Eight of the top 10 most cost-effective projects nationally, in terms of value recouped, are exterior projects.
homes.yahoo.com - If you're looking for a remodeling project that can amp up your curb appeal this fall, replacing your home's siding is a good start.
Replacing your siding is one of the best ways to improve the look of your home, while also providing a protective barrier against the elements.
And according to Remodeling Magazine's 2013 "Cost vs. Value Report," it's also one of the best ways to increase your property's value. And while price and return-on-investment (ROI) will vary depending on the materials and contractor used, the report reveals that homeowners can expect to recoup 72.9 percent of their investment on a vinyl siding replacement job, which costs an average of $11,192.
Intrigued by this project? If so, you're in luck, because