Home Improvements

Keep Up With The Newest Technology For Your Home!

Advances in technology for the home are happening so fast it's hard to keep up with what are the latest and greatest products for our home.

There is no doubt that there is a major focus on living healthier and smarter. Technological advances and changing demographics are shaping a new vision for how we live in our homes. Architects and builders are looking to design homes of the future with more healthy and sustainable materials that are resilient to natural disasters, require less maintenance, and have flexible living spaces that can accommodate multiple generations and communal gatherings.

Homeowners will demand healthier environments with no harmful paints and adhesives, as well as energy and water conservation features. There will be more emphasis on natural light and the adoption of biophilic planning. There will be a focus on utilizing materials that have greater longevity and will last through generations of homeowners.

Best Landscaping Improvements That Will Add Value To Your Property

One of the most important investments you can make is in your home's landscaping. Beautiful landscaping not only adds value to your property, but also makes it stand out to potential buyers by boosting its curb appeal. In fact, good landscaping can raise the value of a house by 28%, and upgrading existing landscaping from good to excellent can reap rewards of 6-7%.

Here are SIX of the most important components to amazing landscaping!

How to Spot Possible Home Improvement Scams

We've seen several examples in social media and on television lately of unscrupulous remodeling contractors who are scamming consumers, especially the elderly.

If you are planning to do a major remodeling project or significant repair on your home, it is always best to get a recommendation from a trusted source.  If you don't have a trusted source to ask, then you can always ask a real estate agent.  We know lots of reputable people and companies that provide great services of all kinds to homeowners in our area.

How can you spot a possible scammer?  Here are some of the ways:

Remodeling? Consider What Younger Buyers Want

Are you planning a remodeling project?  If so, and you plan to sell your home sometime within the next several years, you should take into consideration what younger home buyers are looking for when deciding how to spend your renovation budget.

Why?  Because buyers under 35 years of age make up more than 1/3 of home buying consumers.

Here are the important things that younger buyers want in a home, and they will pay a fair price to get what they want.

Will Smart-Home Technology Become the New Normal Within a Few Years?

When making decisions about upgrades and improvements to your home, you would be smart to learn as much as you can about all the new 'smart-home' products related to your improvement projects.

It is estimated that approximately 25% of homeowners currently own at least one smart-home product, such as connected lighting and thermostats, remote-access security, and smart home locks, and they are able to control them using a mobile device. In various surveys conducted recently, nearly half of the millennial generation (ages 18 to 34) say they plan to adopt smart-home technology, and those who currently use any of the smart-home features say they would be more likely to buy a home if these products were already installed.