Home Improvement for The Ladies!

 


Article by: Dan Auito

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Let me begin by saying what a home , Should You Refinish Your Wood Floor Yourself? improvement plan , Stylish Comfort: Modern Sofa Trends will not do! I have seen this happen more than once, so I will say this now. A home , Log Architectural Design and Design Considerations improvement project, addition, upgrade, remodel, or makeover will not make up for a troubled marriage. So for those that think home , Improvement - Planning for an Addition improvement may save , Stylish Comfort: Modern Sofa Trends a marriage, I'm telling you now that it will add more stress and it is a poor substitute for proper counseling.

With that said, when you see a home , Improvement - Planning for an Addition being sold due to a divorce, take a good look at the house , Home Renovation - How's and Why's because you may see evidence of a great remodel job. However, the marriage still failed. The scenario above leads into other areas of home , If You Think Mold and Mildew Hibernate During The Winter, Think Again! remodel, acquisition and selling points. Gentlemen, pay attention here! It is generally recognized that women are responsible for 80% of all decisions on whether or not to purchase a particular home. , If You Think Mold and Mildew Hibernate During The Winter, Think Again!

So what influences the ladies in their decisions concerning home , Asbestos Ceiling Tiles – Potential Hazards And Precautions purchases and remodeling? By far the two biggest items are the kitchen , Should You Refinish Your Wood Floor Yourself? and the bath. If I had to choose one or the other, I believe I would look at which area was in need of the remodel more, while at the same time looking at the costs of both options.

As for the men, what do they want? They would be happy with a large garage/workshop plus a secluded den or office to carry on with business or to retreat to the solitude of a "cave." Men, as we can see, really don't spend as much time feathering the nest so as a result we see that contrary to popular belief, men really tend to follow the female's lead.

Generally speaking, you'll find that men don't pay much attention to draperies, window , How to Tell If There's a Mouse in Your House treatments, flower , A Hammock For Everyone - Get The Right One For You boxes, state of the art appliances, Jacuzzi tubs, well-lit bathrooms, , How to Tell If There's a Mouse in Your House large closets or floral patterns of any kind. They often prefer brown and gray everything, with a big garage, , Considerations When Using Wood Heaters a shed, , Sand Filters for Swimming Pools a sprinkler system and a privacy fenced back yard , Log Homes - Common Myths About Log Homes for barbeques and lounging in private. Men also like low maintenance houses , Log Homes - Common Myths About Log Homes so they aren't constantly being asked to fix or repair , Air-Purifiers Breathe Easy In Fresh Air things. If left up to the men to decide, you would find that faucets, toilets, sinks, baths, floors, , Swimming Pool Accessories Overview mirrors, cabinetry, appliances and furnishings would tend to be favored by their industrial strength qualities as opposed to beauty.

Those are general observations and many times they will not apply. However, by keeping them in mind and using the 80/20 rule, they may help in the decision making process. So now using what we know, it would be wise to slant your remodel towards the light , Tips on Choosing Wide Plank Flooring and bright feminine side of life. It seems to make sense that if the women are the decision makers then we should let them decide on what really needs attention first!

Let's look at the kitchen , Electrical Safety and Power Tools first. Can you paint , Improving Bathrooms – The Specifics or refinish the cabinetry and change , Air-Purifiers Breathe Easy In Fresh Air the knobs and handles to get the new look? Would new Formica laminate , What are the different mattress measurements? over the old counter tops with a matching backsplash do the trick? Maybe a white , Log Home Architectural Design and Design Considerations ceramic sink with a new faucet will achieve the desired effect. Quite possibly you may decide to rip it all out. If that is the case, then paint , Downsizing Successfully Requires a Right-sized Approach the walls , Log Homes - Common Myths About Log Homes and consider tiling , Tips and tricks to find information on home security the floor , Downsizing Successfully Requires a Right-sized Approach also. Often times, adding some minor electrical and lighting upgrades will help transform and modernize the entire effort. Don't forget the new built in dishwasher and plumbing , How to Tell If There's a Mouse in Your House as well.

Custom cabinets, if designed, built and installed by a local , Repairing Your Faulty uPVC Double Glazed Windows And Doors reputable cabinetmaker witrel="nofollow" hreferences and a picture book of previous work done, are often very attractive in price and quality. I use craftsmen with low overhead who work on one job at a time. Often I will ask them to make, in addition to the kitchen, , What are the different mattress measurements? a base cabinet for the bathroom , Home Improvement - Planning for an Addition to match, all for one low price. When working with kitchens , If You Think Mold and Mildew Hibernate During The Winter, Think Again! I always look to see if a wall , Natural Stone Tiles – The Confusion Surrounding Sealing can be opened up to create a pass through or bar stool counter top. This lets in more light , Bamboo Flooring - Is It For You? and allows the person in the kitchen , Housing and Smart Houses; Energy Self Sufficient Possibilities to talk with and see the people in the adjoining room. , If You Think Mold and Mildew Hibernate During The Winter, Think Again! It also creates the effect of a more spacious kitchen. , Cordless Tools: Tips To Increase Battery Life

The bottom line is that a well-lit, light, , Selecting Right Types Of Air Purifiers bright and spacious kitchen, , Key Features Of Professional Looking Porch Railings well equipped with modern appliances, plenty of storage space and decorative tiles, , If You Think Mold and Mildew Hibernate During The Winter, Think Again! paint , Air-Purifiers Breathe Easy In Fresh Air and window , Going Solar – Who is Who? treatments, will add value and appeal to any home's remodel plan. , Going Solar – Who is Who?

Next, lets look at remodeling the bathroom. , Repairing Your Faulty uPVC Double Glazed Windows And Doors Here again, we look to the feminine side as the women seem to spend more time here then the men. So with the ladies in mind concerning the upgrade, I will often bite the bullet and rip it all out, the tub being the only exception! If I can leave the tub in, the job is easier, faster and cheaper. However, if I am looking at an olive green , Grandfather Clocks - A time honored tradition or yellowed chipped up and rusting ceramic eyesore, than a new fiberglass insert with a sliding glass door , The Unfitted Kitchen: Why Bother? is going on my list of items to buy at the local Home , Repairing Your Faulty uPVC Double Glazed Windows And Doors Depot.

Jet tubs are the in thing, so I won't rule them out as a possible upgrade. This decision again is based on the female as most men don't take candlelit bubble baths or require a pulsating massage. Walls , Asbestos Ceiling Tiles – Potential Hazards And Precautions are painted with Sherwin Williams semi-gloss paint , Vinyl Kitchen Flooring: Why you Should Install Vinyl Floors in your Kitchen which creates an excellent moisture , Cordless Tools: Tips To Increase Battery Life barrier to the walls. , Considerations When Using Wood Heaters With regard to walls, , Log Home Architectural Design and Design Considerations by adding tile , Asbestos Ceiling s – Potential Hazards And Precautions or laminate , 5 Must Haves For Setting Up A Basement Bar half-wall wainscoting to the lower three to four feet of the wall, , Amazing Shower Stall and Shower Curtain Options you'll add a nice touch. Since you have torn out the old toilet and base cabinet, now is also the perfect time to rip up the old vinyl and put down ceramic floor , A Hammock For Everyone - Get The Right One For You tile before the new fixtures are installed. New lighting, mirrored vanity cabinets, G.F.I. electrical outlets, wallpaper borders, towel rings and bars are usually the finishing touch. Even a man can appreciate coming home , Housing and Smart Houses; Energy Self Sufficient Possibilities to a spacious, clean, modern, functional and aesthetically pleasing kitchen , Downsizing Successfully Requires a Right-sized Approach and bath. One final note here: Be sure to caulk everything when you're through. You'll want to protect your new investment from rotting, from the inside , Stylish Comfort: Modern Sofa Trends out. Dampness and wood , Home Improvement - Planning for an Addition eating insects are your homes , Amazing Shower Stall and Shower Curtain Options worst enemies.

Now with the kitchen , How To Choose A Dishwasher and bath out of the way, what do you feel is next? I myself spend on average about seven hours a day in the bedroom, so I tend to go there next. Once again, the closet is of importance to the ladies so I will look to paint , Improving Bathrooms – The Specifics that bright white, , Bamboo Flooring - Is It For You? upgrade the lighting and install a closet organizing system to maximize the space that is available. A tip , Swimming Pool Accessories Overview for the guys! Put in a shoe rack for the ladies, as most of you wouldn't even think about that little upgrade.

Once the closet is done, I'm back patching and painting , Outdoor Fireplaces and the Best Ways to FInd them the rest of the room. , Selecting Right Types Of Air Purifiers Another smart thing you can do is to let the female decide on what color , Asbestos Ceiling Tiles – Potential Hazards And Precautions of Sherwin Williams brand satin super paint , Amazing Shower Stall and Shower Curtain Options they would like to have applied. I always make sure I get enough paint , A Hammock For Everyone - Get The Right One For You to do the ceiling as well because when you're on your back, you will be looking at it. Once the walls , Cordless Tools: Tips To Increase Battery Life and ceiling are done, the ceiling fan with light , Stylish Comfort: Modern Sofa Trends kit and dimmer switch go in. Then the baseboards are prepared for installation before the carpet , Downsizing Successfully Requires a Right-sized Approach goes down. Usually I paint , Log Homes - Common Myths About Log Homes them a shade darker than the walls , One Way To Create Extra Space In Your Home Is With Closet Organizers and tack them to the wall , If You Think Mold and Mildew Hibernate During The Winter, Think Again! about one-half inch above the floor. , Ten Convenience Built-Ins That'll Help Seniors And The Disabled Live Independently

Now that the paint , How to Make Your Own Concrete Curbs for Pennies Per Foot is put away, it's time to install the plush carpet , Air-Purifiers Breathe Easy In Fresh Air and a dense quality pad beneath it. In order to really bring the room , Home Renovation - How's and Why's together you will need to take a paint , Cordless Tools: Tips To Increase Battery Life swatch or chip to the carpet , One Way To Create Extra Space In Your Home Is With Closet Organizers dealer to choose the carpet , Asbestos Ceiling Tiles – Potential Hazards And Precautions color that really sets off the walls , Tips and tricks to find information on home security and base board trim. As for final touches, those include mini blinds, a curtain, and decorative switch plates and receptacle covers. A solid core door , Log Home Architectural Design and Design Considerations represents today's modern standards with a keyed lock , Ten Convenience Built-Ins That'll Help Seniors And The Disabled Live Independently set for security, , Selecting Right Types Of Air Purifiers so I will add that factor in too. Just add candles and you're done!

As for the rest of the house, , Considerations When Using Wood Heaters I will choose one-color paint , How to build an energy-efficient home and use it throughout all the remaining areas that are to be lightened and brightened. Earth , Cordless Tools: Tips To Increase Battery Life tone, eggshell or tan sand colors , Home Heating-Furnaces to Space Heaters, Inspections are Important are a neutral favorite of many, so unless you have a floor , How to Tell If There's a Mouse in Your House that is going to clash with it, earth , Considerations When Using Wood Heaters tones are a safe , Log Homes - Common Myths About Log Homes bet. Speaking of floors, , Housing and Smart Houses; Energy Self Sufficient Possibilities I will follow appraisal rules that tell me wood , Tips on Choosing Wide Plank Flooring is better than carpet, , Vinyl Kitchen Flooring: Why you Should Install Vinyl Floors in your Kitchen except in bedrooms. And tile , Home Improvement - Planning for an Addition is better than vinyl. With that in mind, I will use tile , Is Your Fireplace Keeping You Warm and Cozy? - Tips for Better Heat and Pergo flooring , Key Features Of Professional Looking Porch Railings everywhere else. Once the tile , Selecting Right Types Of Air Purifiers and wood , Grandfather Clocks - A time honored tradition are installed, I never have to replace it and maintenance is a breeze. The appraiser also looks upon wood , Amazing Shower Stall and Shower Curtain Options and tile , Heat Pumps as an upgrade, so at the earliest opportunity, they are getting incorporated in my plans. , Home Heating-Furnaces to Space Heaters, Inspections are Important

There you have it! A general Joe homeowner remodel job, but what about the infamous addition? With this consideration, you'll have many more options to weigh, so let's take a look at some of the pros and cons of adding square footage.

When does it make sense to add square footage?

#1. Is it physically possible, legally permissible, and financially feasible? Will the new addition serve your intended purpose to the maximum extent?

#2. Does the current floor , Downsizing Successfully Requires a Right-sized Approach plan, layout or design , Natural Stone Tiles – The Confusion Surrounding Sealing of your home , How to Make Your Own Concrete Curbs for Pennies Per Foot allow for a smooth flowing traffic pattern in, out and through the proposed addition?

#3. Will your lot size accommodate a larger dwelling and will the neighborhood surrounding your home , Natural Stone Tiles – The Confusion Surrounding Sealing support the higher value that you expend?

#4. How long do you intend to stay in the house , Castle Blueprint Plans - All The Rage that this upgrade is planned for? Five years from now, will the addition return, dollar for dollar, the money you have spent to the sales price of the home , Swimming Pool Accessories Overview if you sold it?

#5. Are you prepared to deal with draftsmen and plans , Swimming Pool Accessories Overview development, contractors, , Castle Blueprint Plans - All The Rage building , Tips and tricks to find information on home security officials and permits? Will you mind living on a construction site for about 6 months? Are your finances in place , Tips on Choosing Wide Plank Flooring with an additional 10% set aside for cost overruns? Has everyone agreed upon what this addition should look like and the purpose it will serve?

Let us say you have considered the above and would like to continue towards the improvement. , Improving Bathrooms – The Specifics From here, we should consider the economic principle of what is called progression. Example: You have a 2-bedroom, 1-bath home, , How To Choose A Dishwasher located in a neighborhood of more expensive 3-bedroom, 2-bath homes. , A Hammock For Everyone - Get The Right One For You In this case you could, with more certainty, add another bedroom and bath and expect to be able to realize or achieve the value from the addition's expense as the more expensive homes , Basement Waterproofing around you will tend to pull the value of your home , Log s - Common Myths About Log Homes up along with theirs.

Now the reverse is also true, so you must consider the opposite case that is called the principle of regression. That says that if you over-improve beyond the value of the homes , Giving Your New Bathroom Your Finishing Touch that are surrounding you, then those lower value homes , One Way To Create Extra Space In Your Is With Closet Organizers will tend to keep the value of your home , 5 Must Haves For Setting Up A Basement Bar in the lower price ranges. So putting it another way, try not to pass the point of diminishing returns. In essence, saying that you can only improve so much before you reach a point where, for every dollar you spend, you will receive less of that same dollar back when you sell.

A good rule of thumb to use is to try to get at least two dollars of increased value for every dollar you spend. Once you begin to approach "break-even," then you should consider maintaining what you have as opposed to adding to it. A simple way to say it: Don't over-improve!

Another watchword to know is super-adequacy. That would be like putting gold faucets in a mobile home. , How to Find Quality Kitchen Cabinets It's overkill and too high-end for the properties , Grandfather Clocks - A time honored tradition overall value, so the final decision on remodeling and additions comes down to balance and a happy medium being reached. Also, take into consideration the cost, aggravation, the net gain, the need for improvement, , Going Solar – Who is Who? the improved quality of life, the suitability to all occupants taste, needs and desires and in the end the ability to receive a higher sales price.

I choose to remodel more often than add-on because it goes much faster and the profits role in quicker too. If I need more space to live in, I simply remodel the house , Going Solar – Who is Who? I'm in and rent it out for top dollar, and then get an equity line to buy a bigger house! , Improving Bathrooms – The Specifics When remodeling my own home , Natural Stone Tiles – The Confusion Surrounding Sealing I will attempt to do everything myself, aside from building , Key Features Of Professional Looking Porch Railings cabinets or rewiring electrical circuits. As with everything else, if I get in over my head, I will concede defeat and call , Basement Waterproofing in an expert to finish what I started while I learn where I went wrong by watching them finish it up.

Here are a few parting shots that you may or may not know:

Painting everything inside , Is Your Fireplace Keeping You Warm and Cozy? - Tips for Better Heat and out is the greatest value producing improvement , How to Find Quality Kitchen Cabinets that you can make on a dollar for dollar return basis. When painting, , Amazing Shower Stall and Shower Curtain Options ensure you buy the absolute best paint , Heat Pumps available, as it is true that the expense of painting , Going Solar – Who is Who? lays in the application of the paint , Heat Pumps not the paint , Heat Pumps itself. So if you have to apply two coats because of an inferior watered down paint , Is Your Fireplace Keeping You Warm and Cozy? - Tips for Better Heat then the cost just doubled in time and the added paint , Housing and Smart Houses; Energy Self Sufficient Possibilities needed to get the job done.

This next tip , Swimming Pool Accessories Overview alone will save , Tips and tricks to find information on home security you the cost of this entire book and here it is. Without naming any names, whether it be the manufacturer , Natural Stone Tiles – The Confusion Surrounding Sealing or the distributor of the product, , Hammocks Are Perfect For Lazy Summer Fun! there is a problem out there with what used to be considered top brand, quality paints. , Hammocks Are Perfect For Lazy Summer Fun! It has been said that some manufacturers , Log Homes - Common Myths About Log Homes have thinned out their paint , Key Features Of Professional Looking Porch Railings and left their good name on, all in the name of allowing certain retailers the ability to sell hundreds of thousands of gallons a month at what appears to be a bargain price. Unfortunately, the consumer is fooled by the name and ends up coming back for more paint , How To Choose A Dishwasher when they find that it takes more of the thinned out product , Repairing Your Faulty uPVC Double Glazed Windows And Doors to get complete coverage.

I, for one, as you can well see by now, am a real fan of Sherwin Williams brand, super paint. , Heat Pumps This blend is so superior in my mind to any other paint , A Hammock For Everyone - Get The Right One For You available to the little guy, that I refuse to use anything else. I have applied it to exterior walls , What are the different mattress measurements? located in the worst conditions and climates , Log Homes - Common Myths About Log Homes and ten years later its still as good as the day I put it on. The elasticity, color , Getting Started with Home improvement Ideas - Part 2 and protection are still in place , Sand Filters for Swimming Pools with absolutely no chalking, cracking or deterioration of any kind, The same goes for interior paint , Asbestos Ceiling Tiles – Potential Hazards And Precautions as well. The coverage and wash ability are unmatched!

I also would like to say Sherwin Williams has not paid me to say one word of this. It is for your sole benefit that I harp on it to the degree that I do, as it burns me to no end to see trusting people get ripped off and not even know it!

But wait! It gets even worse. As if to add insult to injury, the retailers don't really even shoot for the highest profit margin on the paint. , Sand Filters for Swimming Pools They make their profit when you start buying all the tape, rollers, trays, brushes, handles, scrapers, sand , Log Home Architectural Design and Design Considerations paper, buckets, screens and new fangled gadgetry along with a host of other products , Air-Purifiers Breathe Easy In Fresh Air that may be required to finish all phases of the job at hand.

Has anyone ever told you that? If you doubt it, take a viscosity cup and run the super paint , Castle Blueprint Plans - All The Rage through it and then do the same with the other paint. , Downsizing Successfully Requires a Right-sized Approach After this test, you will need no further proof of which paint , A Hammock For Everyone - Get The Right One For You is going to save , Is Your Fireplace Keeping You Warm and Cozy? - Tips for Better Heat you time and money in the long run.

Well, enough said. I hope you get the point on paint. , What are the different mattress measurements? Now another thing you can do to improve your home , The Unfitted Kitchen: Why Bother? substantially is landscape , Key Features Of Professional Looking Porch Railings it. Landscaping, , How to Find Quality Kitchen Cabinets if done right, can add up to 30% to the value of your home. , What are the different mattress measurements? I prefer to plant , Cordless Tools: Tips To Increase Battery Life shrubbery and low maintenance hardy plants , Cordless Tools: Tips To Increase Battery Life and trees , Going Solar – Who is Who? of all types. A few flowers , Amazing Shower Stall and Shower Curtain Options to add color , Grandfather Clocks - A time honored tradition and my job is done.

Back to the addition. If you decide to add a room , One Way To Create Extra Space In Your Home Is With Closet Organizers or two, it has also been proven that you can save , A Hammock For Everyone - Get The Right One For You about 30% here too by being your own contractor. , 5 Must Haves For Setting Up A Basement Bar I would encourage you to get a book titled, "How to Be Your Own Contractor, , The Unfitted Kitchen: Why Bother? " as it will often take an entire book to give you a proper grounding on the subject. Just know this! It is entirely within your realm of ability to tackle the over site and scheduling that you would pay that 30% to the general contractor , Sand Filters for Swimming Pools to do. If you feel up to the task, get a book and be vigilant. In the end, you will have that new addition at a significantly lower price.

Dan Auito is a dual-licensed real estate agent and appraisal assistant. Founder of a non-profit drug prevention corporation, a real estate consulting group and is the author of "Magic Bullets Real Estate." This 300-page power-packed book (due out in late Sept 2004 comes with a website that further supports its readers.

Please visit with the family at http://www.magicbullets.com we look forward to seeing you!


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