Renovate Vs. Relocate

Is it worthwhile to improve your property, or is moving a better choice?

Unless you built a custom home, you probably have a long list of things you’d like to improve in your current home. Browsing online listings might get you in the mood to upgrade to a new home, or you might be thinking about renovating your current home after binging on HGTV. The answer to renovation vs. relocation depends greatly on what you’re trying to fix.

Thinking about a new kitchen?
If you’re dreaming of a chef’s kitchen with new appliances and beautiful cabinets, renovating your own kitchen gives you incredible ROI and is less costly than moving. You’ll increase the value of your own home if you ever decide to sell, and there’s a great sense of accomplishment that comes with completing a custom renovation.

Need more space?
If you’re running low on bedrooms, there may not be a lot of options. Converting an existing room to a bedroom doesn’t create any new space. If you’re in a condo, an addition is probably impossible. And additions can be expensive even if it’s a possibility. Moving is usually the best option.

If the neighborhood isn’t ideal
You may have seen some potential for your neighborhood when you first moved there, but perhaps it still isn’t welcoming the shops and restaurants you expected. If that’s the case, consider moving. There’s no sense in waiting years for the neighborhood to improve, especially if you can move to a house in the same price range in a more preferred part of the city.

Tips From Interior Design Experts

Interior design is no walk in the park. In fact, many people build their entire careers on their keen eye for making each room in a home flow beautifully. This is not to say that only professionals are capable of creating a breathtaking interior, but these tips from design experts may assist you in your next project at home.

Set Your Ground Rules: Before starting any big projects, it’s important to set some ground rules for your endeavor. You should decide how far you want to go with your project, whether that be replacing the furniture or tearing down a wall to open up a room.

Name Your Price: After you conclude how extreme your project will be, set a strict budget that will guide you through the process. Without a proper budget, you may get lost in your plans and overspend.

Find Your Inspiration: There’s no harm in consulting the opinions of others before starting a project. It may be useful to consult the prominent design blogs to see what trends are popular at the moment. Make sure to observe opposing design styles, such as minimalism and modern.

Trust Your Gut: Although it can be beneficial to learn about current trending design styles, there’s no reason to pay attention to them if they don’t appeal to you. Far too often, people adhere to design trends like it’s the law, but you should really trust your gut when it comes to design.

Move Your TV: It may not seem like a big deal, but oftentimes a TV can dominate a living room because it is placed at the center of the room. This points all the attention to the TV and away from conversation.

Thinking about selling your home? Here are Quick Tips #1-4

Now that you have decided to put your home on the market, and the overwhelm is setting in and you’re asking yourself “Where to start?” Here are a few guidelines to follow to get your home sold faster and for more money.

Hi, I’m Jason Caskie with The Ohlmeyer Team at Coldwell Banker and we’ve helped hundreds of sellers in the San Ramon Valley and Bay Area area to sell their homes and I understand the overwhelm. I have found that by having a plan to follow, you can better prepare your home for those house hunters.

The first thing you can do is a big one and everyone needs to do it in some manner and that is to Declutter and Deep Clean your home. This can be a long process, but the sooner you start the better. Take a really good look at each room, and pack up anything that you won’t need for the next few months. This includes any personal items including pictures. And remember, you’ve got to move the stuff anyways, so you’re getting a head start.

Next, you want to make sure that your home is spic and span clean. By decluttering and cleaning your home, it will look much bigger and brighter. Also, when a buyer sees a dirty home they feel that the home may not have been well kept and we don’t want to give buyers any reason to look elsewhere. Help your home shine to perspective buyers by polishing any hardware like door knobs or handles on your cabinets and making sure that those floors shine by deep cleaning the grout.

#2, You also want to finish any of those little projects you started but didn’t get around to finishing and be sure that structural or mechanical items are in working order. That would be items like your Air Conditioning and water heater.

#3 If your home hasn’t had a Fresh coat of paint on those walls for a while, you may want to consider painting. Although you may really like that purple kitchen, it may make your kitchen look like a cave to a prospective buyer.

These are some great tips for the inside, I want you to think about creating a great first impression which brings me to #4 CURB APPEAL.

To learn more about this and for more practical steps to you need to think about when selling, just watch the next video. These steps will help you in selling your home faster and for more money.

For more information feel free to call us here, Jason Caskie with The Ohlmeyer Team at Coldwell Banker. We are your San Ramon Valley area real estate experts! And remember “Sell Your Home Smarter!” Make it a great day and thank you for watching!


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Three Ways To Ease Your Fears About Making A Move

With low inventory in many markets throughout the country, many homeowners are afraid to sell their homes because they’re concerned that they may not be able to find a new one.

This can be a real problem, but if you are seeking to sell, upgrade, or find a new neighborhood there are a few ways to combat the low inventory.

1. Look to buy first

In most markets it is a real mistake to put your home up for sale before you start looking for your new property.

Identify the geographic area where you are interested in buying. Even if you don’t see anything while searching, it doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t find the right home.

2. Think outside the box

Be proactive! Keep in mind that there are probably many people like you who want to make a move but are afraid as well. Have your real estate agent send a letter to the neighborhoods in the geographic areas where you want to live. The letter should be heartfelt and personal while announcing that you are ready to buy a home in that neighborhood. You could find a home to buy that may not even be currently listed or for sale.

3. Protect yourself legally

Each state varies in how the purchase process is conducted. Talk to your real estate professional about adding a clause in the purchase contract for the home you are selling that will enable you to not sell the home if you cannot find a suitable home to buy.

Home Selling Tips #4-7! 😁 👍 🏡

So you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, and you want to make sure you’re going to get the best return on your investment. These tips should help!! I know, selling homes is second nature to me as I’ve been doing it for 20 years, but I get nervous nellie sellers all the time, and of course you’re nervous, it’s a big deal. Well, Let’s talk about Curb Appeal…