Left: This outdated shower/tub unit was rarely used and presented a fall hazard. Right: Bruce Graf updated the bathroom with trendy tile and frameless glass, which is now wheelchair accessible. (Photo: Graf Developments)

Left: This outdated shower/tub unit was rarely used and presented a fall hazard. Right: Bruce Graf updated the bathroom with trendy tile and frameless glass, which is now wheelchair accessible. (Photo: Graf Developments)

“For most folks, their home is the biggest investment they own,” said Bruce Graf, a home remodeler with more than 30 years of experience in working with multiple generations of families.

Graf has helped families remodel a house to accommodate growth, and then returned years later to adapt their home to special health needs so they can continue aging-in-place within that same residence filled with lots of memories.

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Stanwood Before Exterior

Sardone Construction has many projects in the pipeline, most of which include homes that are being renovated to be more livable for modern households. (Photo: Sardone Construction)

With more than two thirds of homeowners planning home renovations in the next 6 months, it’s no wonder that contractors and builders are busier than a Realtor’s phone come springtime.

But why are more homeowners planning to renovate? According to a survey from Realtor.com and Move Inc., besides improving a home’s function and aesthetic (32 percent) and preparing a home for the market (22 percent), homeowners also planned to take a sledgehammer to a recently purchased home that needs some work (19 percent) as well as make key renovations to increase a home’s value and build equity (11 percent).

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Investing in a home’s curb appeal is a worthwhile investment according to data from the Texas Association of Realtors

Stager Karen Eubank said it best when she told me why some homes were flying off the market and others weren’t: If you’ve upgraded and invested in your home before listing, you’re almost certain to sell. If you haven’t, good luck.

Apparently that’s the advice a lot of Texas homeowners are getting from their Realtors and stagers, because remodeling projects are growing not only more profitable for sellers this year, but more and more Texans are sprucing up their homes and taking on more projects. (more…)

Lanett Front

We talked about photos this week, and how sometimes a listing photo works against a potential sale, but what about fixer-uppers? You already know you’re going to be looking for outdated and slightly funky properties, so I guess the more photos the better, right?

Lanett Living

Well, if you’re in search of a great investment in a fixer-upper, this Lake Highlands home on 1.2 acres (!) is a really great place to start. The price is absolutely right, too, at $445,000. The home is 10752 Lanett Circle, a four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath traditional in Highland Meadows with more than 2,800 square feet. And guys, this lot is just gigantic. You get a huge pool with a slide, as well as tons of green space!

Lanett Dining

Once you go inside, though, you see why this home is priced under a half mil. The blue carpet, worn and outdated, has some very funky stains and spots, especially in the kitchen. Also, THERE IS CARPET IN THE KITCHEN. Ugh. That is definitely one of my phobias! Besides that, the cabinets and counters are worn and ugly, and the kitchen and living areas are just coated in ugly wallpaper and dark wood paneling.

Lanett Kitchen

The bedrooms and baths, which also have funky dark carpet everywhere, aren’t nearly so bad as the common areas. There are some great built-ins in the bedrooms, too. And there’s a really great sun room that is definitely a selling point for this house. Just imagine how inviting that will be when winter sets in!

Lanett Sun room Lanett Master

The lot, though, that’s the big selling point for me. It’s just gigantic, and there’s a great pool, too. Just go ahead and find a great contractor like Sardone Construction to do a walk-through with you. They can tell you how to convert this ugly house into your dream home!

Lanett Back