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Return on Investment – Blog 8 – Patio Renovation

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Now that you’ve maximized your return on investment for the inside renovations, let’s look at what sellers are doing with patio renovations to please potential buyers. High expectations for patios and outdoor “living rooms” are typically present when buyers are looking for homes in the $3M to $4M range and up.  That’s not to say […]

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Return on Investment – Blog 7 – Kitchen Renovation

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Whether you’re planning your kitchen renovation to make selling easier, or for your own enjoyment, it’s probably the most expensive room that you’ll do.  For that reason, you’ll want to make choices that will hold their value over time.  In this series return on investment is the focus. Kitchens have endless potential features when it comes […]

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Return on Investment – Blog 6 – Bathroom Renovation

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Are you renovating your home?  Ever wonder what’s worth it and what’s not?  Want to know what’s trending and what’s in the past?  Before you consider that towel warmer, read on and see bathroom renovation options that offer the best ROI for you. When it comes to bathroom options there are so many to choose […]

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Return on Investment – Blog 5 – Heated Floors vs. Baseboards.

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Are you renovating your home?  Unless your plan is for a long-term occupancy chances are you’ve given some thought as to what the future buyers of your home might want and the potential return on investment.  If your plan is to sell in the next few years you’ll be competing with the ‘big boys’.  Developers […]

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Return on Investment – Blog 4 – Home Heating Options

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So, the bad news is that your home heating system has just failed and now you need to choose a replacement.  The good news is that you have many heating options to choose from! You love the idea of the high efficiency appliances and want to choose the most efficient model you can.  The heat […]

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Return on Investment – Blog 2 – Repair or Replace

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This blog series will help readers navigate some of the choices that homeowners face when they suddenly need to repair or replace a major appliance like a water heater. We’ve spoken with real estate expert Lance Phillips and gathered information from two local home inspectors to find out what buyers and inspectors are looking for.  […]

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Return on Investment – Blog 1 – Introduction

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When it comes to replacing equipment in your house, you often don’t get a choice as to when. Parts and fixtures often fail suddenly, so return on investment is not a consideration.  Major appliances like furnaces, water heaters and boilers require immediate attention. They also offer an extensive and confusing myriad of choices as you […]

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Good Company, Bad Review? – What to Look For

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Reading bad reviews can make for great entertainment – unless they’re about us (!).  Often they are well written and paint the unfortunate company as a group of stupid, unethical and bumbling scam artists.  A truly exceptional bad review can read like a prosecuting attorney’s closing statements, urging you to convict.  Should you? What does that […]

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Highest Rated Local Plumber – Blog 5 – Ratings

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Great ratings come from a good customer experience and a solid warranty.  In this section of the highest rated local plumber blog series I focus on these aspects and what R&B has to offer. Whether it’s the Better Business Bureau, Homestars, Google or another on-line organization, the highest rated local plumber is a coveted distinction […]