After years of contracting and home remodeling in West Seattle we have had remodeling requests for it all. Bright red master bathrooms, colored toilets and sinks, garages turned into offices, and even kitchens made smaller. While some clients have a better idea of what will increase the value of their home, not all do. Because of that we want to provide some information about 4 projects to consider when remodeling in west Seattle if you want to increase the value of your home.
For all of these projects it is important to consider where you spend most of your time and the layout of your home. In general though, these projects will increase the value of your home when you are ready to sell, and make it more enjoyable to live in until then.
There are a few reasons we start with the kitchen. Trends change quickly, appliances are an easy way to refresh the look and feel of the kitchen. The kitchen is often times considered the center of the home. People love their kitchens, but the wear and tear that comes with using a kitchen daily can quickly have it looking run down. Some of the most common upgrades are new counter tops, new appliances, new paint, and kitchen additions such as a breakfast bar or an island. Lately we have also seen a trend with upgrading the sink and faucet. Our kitchen remodeling recommendations are:
Keep it neutral. Bright reds, yellows, or blues can work great in kitchens, but often times they clash with counter tops and appliances. Loud colors also can deter potential buyers because of an overly personalized feel. We recommend grays, light blues, and nice, classic shades of white.
Energy Efficient Appliances
The addition of energy efficient appliances are an instant value increase. New appliances often offer new features, are more visually appealing, and installing energy efficient appliances offer tax breaks and lower utilities bills. This is something we recommend to everyone when remodeling their kitchen
Counter tops and Back splashes
Adding new counter tops and back splashes do two things. It makes your home feel newer, and more expensive. Simple counter top upgrades can drastically change the feel of the room.
Your cabinets take a lot of abuse day to day. Refinishing them is an easy way to change colors, brighten the room, or completely change the feel of a room.
Bathrooms are an area of the home that can be make or break when selling a home. In general people like clean, functionally sound bathrooms with character. You do not want to go overly personalized when in the bathroom. We recently had a client who wanted a black toilet, sink, and shower pan. While black toilets may be interesting in fancy restaurants or hotels, that’s not something you typically want in your home. Our bathroom remodeling recommendations are:
Upgrade the vanity or counter tops
A remnant piece of granite can transform a bathroom. Many people think of stone counter tops as a luxury piece, adding this to a bathroom, especially a master bath can really make a difference in value.
What are the floors in your bathroom made of? Are they laminate or carpet? If they are, you have two of the items home buyers most often cited as “problems” with homes on the market. For one Carpet has no place in the bathroom. Laminate looks okay for a few years but quickly starts to show wear and can easily be damaged by water. A recent trend in bathroom remodeling is to use natural stones like you would find on a luxury patio. This can really make a room feel new.
Everyone has a personal preference, but I think we can all agree that a quality shower has enough room to move around in, and the water pressure to rinse the shampoo out of your hair. Shower upgrades to consider are going from tempered glass to stone or tile walk ins. Tiled floor with glass enclosures, and new shower heads and shower systems. Rain showers are all the rage right now. If you want to take it one step further like a client we had, you can integrate stereo systems or a TV into your shower.
Quality, low maintenance landscaping and landscape lighting is a great low cost way to increase the value of your property when remodeling in West Seattle. People make initial judgement based on what they see. If they see a manicured lawn, fresh beds, clean stone, and a nice looking deck or patio they are going to believe you take the same level of care the rest of the property. Landscape lighting is also considered a security feature by many. Add a nice looking privacy fence and families start to feel at home before they have even seen the rest of the home.
The appeal of a nice lush, green lawn is something everyone can appreciate. It shows pride in ownership and can oftentimes make or break the first impression of a property. Don’t rule out having new grass installed. It is a great quick fix solution, and can be less expensive than the care and time it takes to bring a damaged or dead lawn back to life.
From a property value perspective the value goes up when the property is usable. Even in yards with limited space a quality landscape design can transform the property. People spend a significant amount of time in their yards and value its usability. Fire pits and outdoor living spaces are popular right now.
Landscape Lighting and Security
The basic security system of every property is the fencing and landscape lighting.A nice tall cedar privacy fence and some strategically installed landscape lighting can go a long way in deterring criminals. It can also help to accentuate the architectural design of the home.
The addition of new front doors and a new garage door can really bring a property together. Brokers have been cited saying many home buyers have attachments to different colored front doors. Red and blue are popular colors. Updating your front door and garage door can make a huge impact on the value of your property for a relatively low cost. The exterior of homes take a beating in our climate. Replacement or painting is a great solution for an updated look.
The front door is the gateway to the home, does yours look used and abused? A simple upgrade or paint job can really change the perceived value of the home.
Garage doors are large, and often times boring and uninviting. Make sure it is clean, undamaged, and in good working order. Higher end homes often times have more custom looking garage doors. If you are trying to get your property to value in the higher end market you should consider the installation of a wood or glassed garage door to create a higher end look.
We hope you find these tips valuable and will use them when consider remodeling in West Seattle. Remember to not over personalize things and start with the spaces you spend the most time. For information about our remodeling projects and services please contact us and we would be happy to set up a consultation to discuss your property. After as many projects as we have taken on, we’ve seen it all and can help guide you through this process.