How to Choose the Right Materials for a House

How to Choose the Right Materials for a House

When starting a major renovation process, you may be worrying about how to find the right materials for a house. Well you’re in luck! In this week’s blog post, we will be going over how we choose materials for our fixes and flips.

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1) The Neighborhood

First, you need to look at the other houses in the area. This will help you determine if you need to put in more modern or traditional fixtures and materials.

2) Pick out your Colors

The colors are going to help set the mood for the whole house. We like to go with greys for a more modern look, and warm colors for a more traditional one.

3) The ARV

Materials change depending on what type of house you have. First, Second, and Higher end houses all require very different materials and fixtures to fit their ambiance.

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I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.

5 Steps to Staging Your Bathroom

5 Steps to Staging Your Bathroom

When trying to sell a home, you really want to “wow!” the potential buyers! In this three part series we will be exploring how to create the glamour effect through the magic of staging.

View the previous post here!

The bathroom is a very important part of a home, and when staging, you want to showcase its features. Potential home buyers want to see all the space the bathroom has to offer, so it is important not to clutter up the area with loud patterns and objects. Below, you’ll find our five tips to staging a bathroom to “wow” those potential buyers!

1) Declutter your vanity.

The more space the vanity has, the more appealing it is. You don’t want to have it covered in miscellaneous bathroom junk. Instead, put a couple of candles, towels, or dispensers on the vanity. This will show off the space without being overbearing.

2) Add a neutral shower curtain.

A bright or extremely patterned shower curtain can distract from the rest of the room. With a neutral shower curtain, the bathroom looks complete, but nothing is drawing the eye away from the other aspects of the room.

3) Add some decorative towels.

Adding some decorative towels is great for helping the potential homeowner picture what their bathroom could look like. Additionally, the decorative nature ensures that they won’t use them while touring the home, keeping the area looking neat for other visitors.

4) Keep a Roll of Toilet Paper in the Bathroom

This tip is more practical then anything. Visitors to the house may have to use the facilities, and you want them to be comfortable.

5) Decorate the toilet.

The toilet is probably the least naturally appealing aspect of a bathroom, but it can be spruced up with a little decoration! Add a basket with some trinkets in it to the back of the toilet, or some other small, decorative object. It will help to liven up the room.

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 While every caution has been taken to provide readers with the most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this article.  

KariBuysHouses.com makes no legal representations as to the accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss, inconvenience, and/or damage because of or while making use of information in this blog.

I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.

3 Steps to Staging your Fireplace

3 Steps to Staging Your Fireplace

When trying to sell a home, you really want to “wow!” the potential buyers! In this three part series we will be exploring how to create the glamour effect through the magic of staging.

View part one here!

A fireplace is an excellent addition to any house, and the perfect natural showcase piece when staging a home. With that in mind, it is important to remember not to over-stage the fireplace, as it will take away from its natural appeal. With the following steps, we lay out the basics of how to stage your fireplace, helping to make your home even more appealing to future buyers!

1) Update the features to make the fireplace more modern.

A dirty and old fireplace gives all of the wrong impressions. Take down outdated features, such as a oversize mirrors or tacky garnishes. Repaint old colors with new, modern color schemes, such as white and silver.

2) Add decorations or ornaments.

Adding a candle or ornament next to the fireplace will draw the eye to it, as well as create an atmosphere of “warmth”. Candles are especially helpful, as they help buyers to envision the warmth of the fire without it actually being lit!

3) Use the mantle to create an inviting feeling.

Nothing is more cozy then the image of cuddling around the fire with your loved ones. By adding mantle decorations related to the home occupants, you are helping to create that image for potential buyers.

There you have it, our three steps to staging your fireplace! We hope you enjoyed reading, and learned a few insider tricks in the process! As a special offer through our YouTube channel, we are now offering a link to EXCLUSIVE free tips, tricks, and content for those interested. For more information, check out our YouTube channel 

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 While every caution has been taken to provide readers with the most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this article.  

KariBuysHouses.com makes no legal representations as to the accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss, inconvenience, and/or damage because of or while making use of information in this blog.

I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.

How to Avoid Over or Under Improving Your Renovation

How to Avoid Over-Improving Your Renovation

When renovating your house, it is so important to be wise with your dollars. If you are throwing too much money into upgrades and improvements you risk losing equity that can be earned should the house not sell at your at your asking price. Conversely, if you under improve, you may actually detract potential buyers making it harder to sell your house. As someone who has undergone countless renovations and has learned a thing or two about budgeting, I offer you my 5 simple steps for avoiding over or under improving your renovation. 

Step 1: Determine The Median Home Price Of Your Market

For example in Florida, median home price is $200,000.00. Once you know the median home price of your market you can begin to budget your renovation accordingly.

Step 2: Research The Competition In Your Area

Look at the comps of the renovated houses that have already sold or are active on the market. This will give you an idea of which improvements are necessary and which ones are a waste of money and time. 

Step 3: Determine the Price Point for Your Fixtures

Here is a basic price point guideline to use courtesy of Bigger Pockets:

  • Std. Finish Rehab – $15.00 per sqft. 
  • Designer Finish Rehab – $18.00 per sqft.
  • Std. Finish Remodel – $25.00 per sqft.
  • Designer Finish Model $30.00 per sqft.
  • New Construction – $75.00 to $150.00 per sqft.

Keep in mind that this is a GENERAL guideline and that your price points may be affected by unforeseen repairs that are unique to your renovation. 

Step 4: Determine Necessary Improvements and Separate Them From Want To Do Improvements.

Stay within the look of the neighborhood. What I mean by that is you want your improvements to make sense in comparison to your competition. For example, in the video above, I show you one of my renovations where I decided not to replace the windows. While I would normally replace outdated windows, I based my decision not to on the fact that 1} the windows were in good condition and 2} most of the houses in the neighborhood had the same windows. Instead of spending thousands of dollars replacing the windows, I had the part to them replaced so that they worked properly.  I also decided not to knock the wall that separates the kitchen and living room as most of the houses in the area sectional this way. 

These are just a few examples of ways you should be comparing your renovation to the competition in order to ensure you are not over or under improving your house. 

Step 5: Put More Money Into The Fixtures That Are Going to Sell The House

Funnel your money into areas of the house that would make great selling points to buyers. In the renovation from the video, there happened to be a shed attached to the house that contained an unfinished bathroom. Knowing that no house within a one-mile radius had a similar feature we decided to renovate the bathroom to a full bathroom and add some dry wall and paint as well as brought air conditioning to the bathroom. 

*Because replacing flooring is usually a necessity when renovating, I want to share my guidelines for picking out flooring based on the purchase price.

Of course, these guidelines apply to the Florida market but can be used a template for price points where ever you’re located. 

  • Under a $100,000 purchase price = $0 – $1.00 per sqft. 
  • $100,000 to $300,000 = $1.00 – $2.00 per sqft. 
  • $300,000 to $400,000 = $2.00 – $3.00 per sqft.
  • $400,000 to $500,000 = $3.00 p $4.00 per sqft
  • Anything over $500,000 you are going with higher end fixtures

There is so much more to talk about when trying to avoid over or under improving your renovation but the key thing to ALWAYS remember is to look at the competition in your neighborhood to see what’s selling and that this will give you a good idea of your price points as well as what fixtures to add. 

For more tips to avoid mistakes, click here!

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 While every caution has been taken to provide readers with the most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this article.  

KariBuysHouses.com makes no legal representations as to the accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss, inconvenience, and/or damage because of or while making use of information in this blog.

I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.

7 Renovations That You Can Easily Live Through

7 Renovations You Can Easily Live Through

Renovate a home: Learn to Live thru it with Minimal Headaches and Dust  

Renovate a home….they make it look so easy and fun on HGTV. Here’s the news, it can be fun, and it can be a nightmare. Home renovation when you are living in the house is always a bit of a challenge. With no kitchen, you may be stuck doing your dishes in the sink for a few weeks and your children may be running around on the concrete floors for a little while.

We bought out house 4 years ago and got a heck of a deal, mainly because the house was just plain ugly inside and it needed a lot of work. “No problem,” I said. “I renovate homes for a living so surely renovating my own home will be a piece of cake.”

It’s been 4 years and the house is still ugly inside and needs a lot of work! You see, we moved in to the home with our three kids and weighed the pro’s and con’s of renovating the home while we were in it. After thinking about it we said “Ehhhhhh lets give it a couple more years to fall apart and remain ugly and we will revisit the idea of renovating.”  I had visions of my children wrestling on the bare concrete floors and cracking their heads open and us breathing in the settling dust into our lungs and I was out! 

7 Renovations That You Can Easily Live Through 

The good news is that there are ways to renovate and spruce up your home while your living in that is relatively painless. I promise, because we have done them all since buying and living in our house. 

1. Exterior Paint:

We gave our house curb appeal by painting the outside of it. When we purchased the home it was dirty, old looking and a faded. It was also just one boring color with no contrast. The trim was white, the body was white, the door was white….it was just plain white. We had a painter come in and give us some nice color combinations to choose from. When I paint houses, I like to use at least three colors- one for the trim, one for the body and one for the door. I am always looking for contrast too so I look at the roof color. Here are the colors we went with- all from Sherwin Williams

  • Body: Hopsack
  • Trim: Croissant 
  • Fascia and garage door: French roast
  • Front door: Barn Red

As a side note with the exterior paint, only go with four colors like we did, if its a larger house. We once did this color combinations on one of our renovations and, in my opinion, it made the house look too busy. 

2. Landscaping 

We added some nice landscaping. The house already had nice landscaping but it definitely needed some weeding, trimming, pruning and mulch. When in doubt, mulch, mulch, mulch. I like to use the big dark pine bark nuggets. I don’t ever use the red mulch because it looks cheap and the color fades quick. The pine bark nuggets may cost a little more, but they last longer and make your landscaping look beautiful.

Also if you have an old, ugly stone border for your landscaping like we did, just take it out. The stone gets dirty and it is a job to power wash them (Ask me how I know!) and landscaping just looks so much cleaner without the border. Also if you have ugle stone beds like some of ours were- dont try to remove the stone. There is more stones there than you think! Instead, cover the stones with plastic or weed control membrane and put the mulch on top of the stone. You will be saving yourself hours, even days, by doing it this way!

3. Bedrooms

Paint the bedrooms. This can be done in a day and if you do it first thing in the morning and keep the windows open you and the kids can sleep soundly with no fumes. I paint all of our interior walls with a color called Repose Grey from Sherwin Williams. It is a perfect hue of grey- not too purple, not too blue- and it matches everything! If you go with a different color grey, make sure to test it out on the walls. You may think it looks grey, but it turns out purple once its on all of the walls (Again- ask me again how I know!) 

4. Small Cosmetic Repairs

Small cosmetic fixes- these include anything from switching out old brass doorknobs to nice brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze pulls to replacing old vanity mirrors with nice framed mirrors 

5. Carpet

Replacing or adding carpet. I told your our house was pretty ugly on the inside, mainly because the tile on the floors was hideous. We had a carpet company come in and install carpet and a thick pad right over the tile which completely transformed our family room. Not only did it make the room beautiful but our three boys could now wrestle with each other to their hearts content without me having a heart attack. 

6. Re-facing Versus Replacing 

Re-facing versus replacing. Sometimes, you don’t necessarily need to start ripping out cabinets, countertops and flooring to get a renovated look. A lot of times, we will paint kitchen cabinets and reglaze tile and countertops to look like brand new. Google tile reglazing companies in your area to find a contractor near you. For a few hundred dollars they can make tile look brand new which will save you thousands and it usually takes just one day. They can also make formica countertops look just like granite without any demo or installation, which means you wont be doing your dishes in the bathtub! 

7. Staging

Finally, staging a home makes a huge difference in how it looks. When we first saw our house with the realtor, the seller’s furniture was still in it. We thought the home was gorgeous. However when the seller’s moved out and we put our earth tone, traditional furniture in, we realized what made the home seem so beautiful was their furniture. Their decorations matched perfectly with the tile and the paint on the walls and it all blended into one beautiful masterpiece. When we moved our furniture in, it was like someone took a paint brush and globbed on all different kinds of colors. We bought new furniture and new decorations to match the existing tile and paint and it made a world of difference. 

You’ve got Options

If you’ve got an ugly house and you’ve already moved into it- don’t fret. In my opinion, these cost saving and time saving tips will make the house look beautiful while your living in it. If your looking for tips on how to increase the value of your home with a full blown renovation, take a look at some of my other blog posts under the renovations tab. Lastly, if you don’t want to renovate your house while your living in it but you need to sell it, call us today at Kari Buys Houses and we can give you some solutions.  

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 While every caution has been taken to provide readers with the most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this article.  

KariBuysHouses.com makes no legal representations as to the accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss, inconvenience, and/or damage because of or while making use of information in this blog.

I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.

Cost Saving Tips on a Home Renovation

Cost Saving Tips on Home Renovation

Pros and Cons of Home Renovations

Home renovations can be both fun and challenging. The fun part is picking out the fixtures and designing a space that you will love. The challenge is dealing with surprise costs and going over budget! When I walk into a home renovation, I go through this Five Step Process in my head before I put my budget together, pick out fixtures or do any demo. 

Five Step Process for your Home Renovation

1.What are the houses around me selling for and what kind of fixtures do they have in them?

There is a fine line between under improving and over improving a house.  On your home renovation, you want to be right in the middle. You can put gold toilets in the bathroom.  However,  you will still only sell that house for what the houses around it are selling for. Make sure you are picking fixtures that are not too cheap but that are not so expensive that you wont get it back when you sell. For example, I love a particular 80 cent laminate flooring from Home Depot. The laminate and the underlayment costs about $1.05 a square foot and installation cost is minimal. However, if I live in an area where houses are selling for 500k and have high end travertine floors, do I want to put this kind of flooring in that kind of home? Heck no! I always try to leave my taste out of things and put fixtures in that are congruent with the neighborhood. Is it more of a traditional type neighborhood or modern? Is it low, median or higher end? These are questions you need to ask yourself when picking out fixtures. 

2. What can I re-face versus replace?

When I first started a home renovation, I would rip everything out and start new. Of course, it would cost me! Now, I look for things that can be salvaged. Instead of replacing the cabinets, see if they can be repaired and painted.  Spruce the cabinets up with a nice brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze pulls on. Is the formica countertops in good shape? Instead of replacing them with new formica or granite, you may be able to have a glazing company come in and glaze them to look like granite at a fraction of the cost. Is the ceramic tile in good shape? A grout cleaning company can do wonders in bringing your tile back to life by cleaning and sealing the grout to a nice bright white.

3. How can I open up spaces in the house without running into costly surprises? 

Anytime you start knocking out walls, or raising soffits, you have to know going in that you might run into surprises. Once you start the work, there is usually no going back. If the soffits have electrical running through them, decide to make the space look bigger without removing them. Ways to do this are painting them or dressing them up with pendant lights. When removing walls, know ahead of time if it is a load bearing wall. If it is load bearing wall, you may have to add a header which increases your cost, or you may want to consider what other walls can be removed instead.

4. What kind of curb appeal is the home lacking?

Sometimes, a few shrubs and fresh pine bark in the flower beds makes a world of difference.  Cleaning up the landscaping out front will increase the curb appeal. If the windows are older but you don’t want to replace them, consider painting the window grids (the piece of wood or metal between the window panes) a nice bright white to make them look new from the street. Power washing the driveway with a bleach or chlorine solution will also make a tremendous difference, because no one wants to be looking at oil stains as they pull up to the house! 

5. What potential does the house have? 

We have a house we are currently selling now that sits on 1.5 acres. However, you can’t tell it sits on that much acreage because of the dense wooded area in the back of the house. We wanted to highlight the potentials of the land.  Therefore, we cleared out a small space to create the sanctuary of a backyard. We then put up a picture of the lot on our listing so buyers get the idea that they can clear the land even further to create a massive back yard. It would have cost us beyond what our budget could afford to clear all 1.5 acres but by clearing just a small portion of it and highlighting the potential.  We were able to sell the house quickly!

For more tips on home renovations, click here!

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 While every caution has been taken to provide readers with the most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this article.  

KariBuysHouses.com makes no legal representations as to the accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss, inconvenience, and/or damage because of or while making use of information in this blog.

I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.

Part II of How to Transform Your House into a SMART home for Under $500!

How to Turn Your Home Into a Smart Home Part 2

Hey Guys!

This week’s FB live video is a continuation of last week’s “How to Turn Your House into a SMART home” video.  Last week I introduced you to the some of my favorite smart home products with the HubWink app, and I shared their prices.  You can view that episode here:  https://www.karibuyshouses.com/smart-home/

Today’s Episode

In today’s episode I show you how to use this system and its smart phone App. You will see me put to test the Schlage Door Lock, the HomeBrite LED light bulbs, the Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener and last put not least the Leviton Power Outlet.   

It should be noted that in order to automate your household and control your smart products all in one place you will need to purchase a HubWink as well as download the HubWink app to your smartphone or tablet. Also, as I learned through trial and error, be sure to check your smart products’ packaging to see if they have the HubWink Logo. This will save you an unnecessary return.

Lock it up, and throw away the key….

The first smart product I cover is the Schlage Deadbolt Exterior Door Lock. To access any smart product you first need to open your HubWink app on your smartphone or tablet. As you will see in the video I am using my smartphone.

Once you open the HubWink app, you are prompted to your list of paired smart products. If you haven’t already paired your door lock, you’ll need to do so before proceeding to the next step. Scroll down your list of products until you see an icon that looks like your door lock. By tapping the icon, you will be given access to your door lock’s controls and settings. The door lock is set up so that you can swipe right (unlock) or left (lock). 

There are other features you will access to via your door lock dashboard. For example, you will have the ability to check, in real time, whether or not your door is locked. You can also set alarms and notifications when someone is accessing your door. The Schlage Door Lock has some of its own features as well.  For example, you can create passcodes for multiple users.

I find this especially helpful as I am in the business of rehabbing houses and often have dozens of contractors needing access to my properties. There is no more worrying about lost keys or making additional copies – I just create a passcode whenever I need.

Let there be light!

Next, I show you how to use the WinkHub to connect to and control your smart bulbs. Here I am using the HomeBrite LED Light Bulbs. Much like with the door lock, the HubWink provides you with a user-friendly dashboard to control your lights.

The app shows you which Wink connected lights are on or off and allows you to dim or brighten them. Not only do you have the ability to control individual bulbs, you also have the option of grouping your lights to turn off or on simultaneously.

What’s more is that you can automate your lights to fit your schedule. Perhaps you want your lights to dim around 8 pm before putting the kids to bed, or you want them to turn on at 7 am as a helpful way to get you waking up in the morning. The HubWink app makes this possible for you to do.

Open Sesame!

After showing you how to control lighting with the HubWink App, I move on to my smart garage door opener. In my home, I use the Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener. When accessing your garage door on the HubWink app, you will see an icon of a garage door. By tapping the icon you can either close or open your garage door.

The MYQ Garage Door Opener is a family favorite because it has built in safety measures such as a customized time lapse before closing or opening and a sensor that signals to the garage door opener when there are objects in the way, immediately putting it to a halt. It doesn’t stop there!

The HubWink app also provides information on how long your garage door has been opened and you can set alerts to notify you when your garage door has been opened for an extended period of time.

Power on!

Lastly, I have the Leviton Power Outlet to show you. This is one of the more simpler smart products to navigate. From the HubWink app, you can control the power reaching the outlet with just a tap of your finger.

As with the smart bulbs, you can set timers, schedules and notifications to be sent directly to your phone. The best part is the Leviton Power Outlet can be used anywhere in your house and connects power to almost any appliance or device.

I covered a lot in this video and I hope you enjoyed it and learned a thing or two on how to transform your house into a smart home. To see the first part of this blog, click here!
Enjoy!

Need to Sell Your Home?

 While every caution has been taken to provide readers with the most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this article.  

KariBuysHouses.com makes no legal representations as to the accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss, inconvenience, and/or damage because of or while making use of information in this blog.

I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.

Part 1 – Turn your home into a SMART Home for under $500

Transform your Home into a Smart Home Part 1

What is a Smart Home?

Are you someone who is on the tail end of chaotic mornings? Do you find yourself in a time crunch getting ready for work?  Meanwhile, racing about making sure your kids are prepared for school and dog has been taken outside for a walk. If this describes your morning, chances are something gets missed. After you drop the kids at school, do you ask, “What have I forgot?”  Maybe it’s a light not turned off (or two). Perphaps it’s worse?  You forgot about closing the garage door!

Looking for innovative ways to increase the attractiveness of your property?  Are you in real estate and want to meet the needs of your clients? If you fall into either category then I may have found a solution for you. It’s called turning your house into a SMART home. Whether it’s lighting, security or temperature control, there is a way to automate your home and the best part is you can control everything from your phone, tablet or computer with a touch of a button wherever you are.

This is a great way to create convenience in you live busy lifestyle or if you’re trying to increase buyer interest in your property.

Let’s start off by answering the question: “What is a Smart Home?”

A Smart Home is equipped with WiFi enabled smart products connected to your internet that allows you to automate and control various functions of your home including thermostats, lights, garage doors and locks as well as appliances. Essentially, any device in your home that uses electricity can be connected to your phone or computer using a WiFi/Bluetooth network – all you need is broadband internet connection, a smartphone or computer and specific apps.

Why transform your house into a Smart Home?

What used to seem like a futuristic fantasy is now a reality. Tech companies are ramping up their product lines to include smart home products, and for good reason. Consumer demand for Smart Homes has seen an increase in recent years with Coldwell Real Estate reporting that in a sample of 1,250 Americans, 54% percent say that if they had to choose a house with smart technology, the other without, they would choose the smart home. A similar survey by John Burns Real Estate Consulting found that out of 22,000 home buyers, 65% percent said they would be willing to spend more for homes that were equipped with smart technologies.

Smart Homes are now a big deal in the market and their popularity will continue rise. Therefore, It makes sense when you think about the payoffs. Being able to control your home’s appliances, security, temperature and more from the touch of a button is appealing to home buyers. Home automation adds so much more comfort and convenience to people’s lives. In the hectic world we live in, people are constantly in search of ways to automate their lives – and this is why Smart Homes will soon outpace traditional homes in the market.  

Now, let’s discuss what you will need to transform your house into a Smart Home

Ultimately, to get started you’ll need to purchase a smart hub. First, a smart hub provides you with the ability to automate your smart products. While there are tons of Hubs to choose from including Amazon Echo ($179) and Google Home ($129), the one I recommend is the WinkHub ($49) or WinkHub 2 ($99).  Both products are extremely affordable and easy to set-up. The major difference is that the WinkHub 2 allows you to work with a wide range of smart home devices and can be controlled using Amazon Alexa. Either of these products can be purchased on Amazon or at Home Depot.

WinkHub

Once you set up the WinkHub you can connect any Wi-Fi enabled smart products via your phone, tablet or computer. All you need to do is download the Wink app via your Android or iPhone device or if you are using a tablet or computer you’ll need to download the app via Google Play Store. After downloading the app you’ll be prompted to connect your smart hub to your device. The set-up is extremely easy with 3 steps before you can pair your smart home products to your device. You can either search for the product on your “list of products” or use the barcode scanner on the app to begin the pairing process. Your smart devices will pair in no time and then you are ready to control your home from a touch of button.

The most popular smart home product on the market right now are smart bulbs. While it’s true that high quality smart bulbs can cost you upward of $100, there are less expensive top notch options. For example, I like to buy the Feit HomeBrite A19 60 Watt Bluetooth Smart Led Bulbs. They cost between $15 to $20 and can be purchased at Home Depot. While $15 to $20 bucks might sound steep for a light bulb, you should know that these bulbs have an estimated life expectancy of 22 years and use 80 percent less power than traditional bulbs. You can also purchase a plethora of other smart home products that are compatible with the WinkHub.

Some of my favorites:

Chamberlain MYQ Garage Door Opener ($129)
Schlage Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt ($199)
Sensi WiFi-Programmable Thermostat ($140)
Leviton DZC Plug-in Appliance Module ($55)

For a complete list, visit www.wink.com/products/

These products range from garage door openers to appliances to thermostats. The options are virtually endless!

Turn it SMART!

Of course, embracing new technologies, smart home products, is essential.  Smart homes add comfort and convenience for the everyday person. For realtors and sellers, adding smart technologies to your properties helps drive up their value.  Furthermore, it also provides you with a way to meet the needs of your clients. Add comfort and convenience to your life .  Create a good selling point for your property. Finally, deck out your whole house with smart products, and turn it SMART!

For part 2 of this series, click here!

Need to Sell Your Home?

 While every caution has been taken to provide readers with the most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this article.  

KariBuysHouses.com makes no legal representations as to the accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss, inconvenience, and/or damage because of or while making use of information in this blog.

I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.

7 Painless Ways to Renovate a Home While Your Living In It 

How to Renovate a Home

Renovate a home….they make it look so easy and fun on HGTV. Here’s the news, it can be fun, and it can be a nightmare. Home renovation when you are living in the house is always a bit of a challenge. With no kitchen, you may be stuck doing your dishes in the sink for a few weeks and your children may be running around on the concrete floors for a little while.

We bought out house 4 years ago and got a heck of a deal, mainly because the house was just plain ugly inside and it needed a lot of work. “No problem,” I said. “I renovate homes for a living so surely renovating my own home will be a piece of cake.”

It’s been 4 years and the house is still ugly inside and needs a lot of work! You see, we moved in to the home with our three kids and weighed the pro’s and con’s of renovating the home while we were in it. After thinking about it we said “Ehhhhhh lets give it a couple more years to fall apart and remain ugly and we will revisit the idea of renovating.”  I had visions of my children wrestling on the bare concrete floors and cracking their heads open and us breathing in the settling dust into our lungs and I was out! 

7 Renovations That You Can Easily Live Through 

The good news is that there are ways to renovate and spruce up your home while your living in that is relatively painless. I promise, because we have done them all since buying and living in our house. 

1. Exterior Paint:

We gave our house curb appeal by painting the outside of it. When we purchased the home it was dirty, old looking and a faded. It was also just one boring color with no contrast. The trim was white, the body was white, the door was white….it was just plain white. We had a painter come in and give us some nice color combinations to choose from. When I paint houses, I like to use at least three colors- one for the trim, one for the body and one for the door. I am always looking for contrast too so I look at the roof color. Here are the colors we went with- all from Sherwin Williams

  • Body: Hopsack
  • Trim: Croissant 
  • Fascia and garage door: French roast
  • Front door: Barn Red

As a side note with the exterior paint, only go with four colors like we did, if its a larger house. We once did this color combinations on one of our renovations and, in my opinion, it made the house look too busy. 

2. Landscaping 

We added some nice landscaping. The house already had nice landscaping but it definitely needed some weeding, trimming, pruning and mulch. When in doubt, mulch, mulch, mulch. I like to use the big dark pine bark nuggets. I don’t ever use the red mulch because it looks cheap and the color fades quick. The pine bark nuggets may cost a little more, but they last longer and make your landscaping look beautiful.

Also if you have an old, ugly stone border for your landscaping like we did, just take it out. The stone gets dirty and it is a job to power wash them (Ask me how I know!) and landscaping just looks so much cleaner without the border. Also if you have ugle stone beds like some of ours were- dont try to remove the stone. There is more stones there than you think! Instead, cover the stones with plastic or weed control membrane and put the mulch on top of the stone. You will be saving yourself hours, even days, by doing it this way!

3. Bedrooms

Paint the bedrooms. This can be done in a day and if you do it first thing in the morning and keep the windows open you and the kids can sleep soundly with no fumes. I paint all of our interior walls with a color called Repose Grey from Sherwin Williams. It is a perfect hue of grey- not too purple, not too blue- and it matches everything! If you go with a different color grey, make sure to test it out on the walls. You may think it looks grey, but it turns out purple once its on all of the walls (Again- ask me again how I know!) 

4. Small Cosmetic Repairs

Small cosmetic fixes- these include anything from switching out old brass doorknobs to nice brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze pulls to replacing old vanity mirrors with nice framed mirrors 

5. Carpet

Replacing or adding carpet. I told your our house was pretty ugly on the inside, mainly because the tile on the floors was hideous. We had a carpet company come in and install carpet and a thick pad right over the tile which completely transformed our family room. Not only did it make the room beautiful but our three boys could now wrestle with each other to their hearts content without me having a heart attack. 

6. Re-facing Versus Replacing 

Re-facing versus replacing. Sometimes, you don’t necessarily need to start ripping out cabinets, countertops and flooring to get a renovated look. A lot of times, we will paint kitchen cabinets and reglaze tile and countertops to look like brand new. Google tile reglazing companies in your area to find a contractor near you. For a few hundred dollars they can make tile look brand new which will save you thousands and it usually takes just one day. They can also make formica countertops look just like granite without any demo or installation, which means you wont be doing your dishes in the bathtub! 

7. Staging

Finally, staging a home makes a huge difference in how it looks. When we first saw our house with the realtor, the seller’s furniture was still in it. We thought the home was gorgeous. However when the seller’s moved out and we put our earth tone, traditional furniture in, we realized what made the home seem so beautiful was their furniture. Their decorations matched perfectly with the tile and the paint on the walls and it all blended into one beautiful masterpiece. When we moved our furniture in, it was like someone took a paint brush and globbed on all different kinds of colors. We bought new furniture and new decorations to match the existing tile and paint and it made a world of difference. 

You’ve got Options

If you’ve got an ugly house and you’ve already moved into it- don’t fret. In my opinion, these cost saving and time saving tips will make the house look beautiful while your living in it. If your looking for tips on how to increase the value of your home with a full blown renovation, take a look at some of my other blog posts under the renovations tab. Lastly, if you don’t want to renovate your house while your living in it but you need to sell it, call us today at Kari Buys Houses and we can give you some solutions.  

 

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 While every caution has been taken to provide readers with the most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this article.  

KariBuysHouses.com makes no legal representations as to the accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss, inconvenience, and/or damage because of or while making use of information in this blog.

I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.

5 Quick & Easy Tips to Get the Most Profit From Your House

5 Ways to Quickly Improve Your Home Value

Two Basic Principles & Five Tips: 

No doubt, you want to sell your house fast!  At any rate, some things can be simple, easy and affordable if you know where to put our focus and what to consider along the way.  

In this article, I will show you five simple things I focus on when I’m ready to sell one of my houses fast. Of course, my main objective is getting the most profit from that sale.  

Before I jump into my five tips, let’s first review the two basic principles of the condition of your home and market.

Sell Your House Fast and Get the Most Profit!

1. The Big Tickets

First, I buy homes that are structurally sound or have “good bones” (and where the big ticket items are relatively up to date).  Incidentally, these tips will assist greatly with your profit.  Especially when you want to sell your house fast.  Therefore, the big issues that will affect the cost of selling a house will be:

  1. First and foremost, the building construction of the home:  Is the foundation stable and level?  Is the home block or wood framed?  If wood framed, do you have termite and/or water damage that has built up over time?  If block constructed, is that block solid and showing no signs of cracking?
  2. Next, a solid roof that does not need to be replaced within the next 5-7 years.
  3. Additionally, the siding of the house is in good overall condition.  Whether stucco, brick or other, it matters less if the siding of your house just needs a paint job and much more if it needs replacing now, or in the near future.
  4. Another area to pay close attention to is the wiring and the basic plumbing is in good condition.
  5. Finally, the mechanical systems are solid:  Air Conditioning and Heating systems that do not need to be replaced within the next 2-3 years. 
  6. Keep in mind, the Kitchens and bathrooms are the most important rooms of the home.

2. Waiting on Appreciation

Above all, appreciation is the increasing value of your home over time.  The number one factor to this appreciation is always location, location, location!

If your home is in a desirable location or an area undergoing rapid growth, the appreciation will increase. Therefore, you may find the location has already developed, as other neighborhoods or businesses expand around it. Indicators of this growth will be new schools being built, added transit routes, shopping centers, facilities like playgrounds and parks, etc.

However, the reverse can occur and a once vibrant and active area can begin a decline.  This is due to the natural cyclical ups and downs of a given area’s micro-economies.  Even the ever-powerful New York City cycles through booms and busts.  These changes in valuations have taken place in both its residential and commercial real estate markets.  Often not at the same time.  

Down trends will have a negative effect on your home’s appreciation and will affect your profit over time.

Good News:  You Always Have Some Control

Through all real estate markets’ ups and downs, the best way to improve home value will be to consider some updating.   Ultimately, this will help with profit.  As a result, the great news is that acting on this is something you, as the property owner, have direct control over.

Your 5 Quick Tips

Now without further a do, here are the much quicker, much easier, and affordable things I always focus on first when considering how to improve my houses’ values:

  1. PAINT:  Arguably a fresh paint of coat in a neutral color can do wonders, improve lightening and brightens your home.  Best of all, it will not cost you a lot of money. We usually go with Sherwin Williams Antique white or Repose Grey. You want to paint it in a FLAT finish because this will hide imperfections in the walls.
  2. FIXTURES:  In addition, replacing lighting fixtures and hardware on cabinets throughout the home is another way to update your home.  We always go with brushed nickle or oil rubbed bronze finishes. 
  3. CARPETS:  Change out carpets or even removing them in areas that have old, refinish-able hardwood underneath will do wonders.   
  4. FLOORING:   Adding, refinishing – or revealing old – hardwood will be a major selling feature.  At this point, you can reap great returns on your investment. You can also use a cost efficient laminate which is affordable on both material and installation or can do ceramic tile which will cost a little more but will appeal to more buyers. 
  5. COUNTERS:  At the same time, instead of upgrading your whole kitchen and bathrooms – big ticket items – simply upgrade your countertops.  Higher end products, such as granite, will quickly and affordably add to your home’s value. You can find granite for $25/square foot right now.  In some cases, the return on this investment can outweigh your overall return on the investment of a big remodel


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 While every caution has been taken to provide readers with the most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this article.  

KariBuysHouses.com makes no legal representations as to the accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss, inconvenience, and/or damage because of or while making use of information in this blog.

I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.

Improvements that will Increase the Value of Your Home

Improve your Home Value

Increase the Value of your Home with these Helpful Tips:

Want to sell your house quickly and increase the value for your home?  Not sure which improvements will help increase the value of your house? Here are some key areas to pay close attention to: 

A remodel of your kitchen or bathroom remains the top investment for your home. However, keep in mind this does not have to be a costly endeavor.  Know your home and the neighborhood’s value and don’t go over budget on a renovation that cannot pay you back.   

1. Updated Kitchen:

An open, inviting, eat-in area is a plus when selling your home. Today’s homebuyer is looking for a more casual setting for their family to gather.  Formal dining room sets now make a home look dated. New homes are often built combining the once formal dining room with the kitchen to provide a large, open layout and inviting atmosphere. An up-to-date kitchen providing these enhancements will increase the value of your house.

2. Modernized Bathrooms:

When updating a bathroom keep it simple and functional.  Buyers will forgo the tub that is rarely used, for a larger walk-in shower that is more practical.  A bathroom that appears more spacious with storage space is what a buyer is looking for and will increase the value of your house providing a good return on investment. 

Increase the value of your house through Kitchen and Bath Updates:
  • Walk-in pantry
  • Granite countertops
  • New fixtures
  • Hardwood floors
  • Ample lighting
  • Fresh coat of paint (and remember to keep it neutral)
3. Beautify the Exterior of Your Home

This is often easy and does not cost a lot.  A variety of DIY touches you can perform that do not break the bank and will increase the value of your house:

  • Plant flowers or a shrub
  • prune overgrown bushes
  • mow the lawn
  • power wash the walkway/driveway and keep it light and bright.  
  • Inviting exterior lighting shows off your home at night and adds an extra measure of safety to your home.  

A clean look will do wonders for your curb appeal.  Keep it light and bright!  

4. Laundry room

A larger, multifunctional laundry room is a great selling point for a home.  If large enough, it can serve as a craft or homework room as well.  Keep it organized with bins and if it provides ample storage, drying space and a folding area, it makes it functional and a selling feature for your home.

5. Home office

More and more people are working virtually so a home office and great wireless service capabilities are a selling point.  If you have an empty room that has become a storage or dumping ground, convert it to a home office.

6. Finished Basement or Converted Attic

Having a finished basement or a converted attic that is usable for entertaining and provides extra storage will increase your home’s value. When buying a new home, homebuyers are looking for an entertainment oasis whether it is a playroom for young children, a home theater for the teens/adults, or at home gym.  

Features that will increase the value to your house and move a home fast:

  • Energy Star Rating Appliances
  • Wood Floors
  • Lighting
  • New Roof
  • Windows to keep heat and air from escaping and adding to your utility bills.

Therefore, use this list as a guide to help you determine, which items are possible to add and will increase the value of your home by selling it quickly.  Finally, make sure to keep a detailed list of repairs that are feasible for you to perform and can be accomplished on a modest budget.  You don’t want to go over your budget nor make repairs that are not of a high quality. In conclusion, today’s home buyer has a busy lifestyle so they are looking for an energy efficient home that offers turnkey low maintenance.   So get started in tuning-up your home if selling your house at maximum value and in a reasonable time frame is a priority.  

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 While every caution has been taken to provide readers with the most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this article.  

KariBuysHouses.com makes no legal representations as to the accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss, inconvenience, and/or damage because of or while making use of information in this blog.

I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.