3 Things That Make a Great Neighborhood

When it comes to buying a home, finding one in the right neighborhood is one of the most important considerations to keep in mind. Living in the area you want, in the home you want is the recipe for being a satisfied home buyer, giving you what it takes to live there for many years to come. Here are three main factors that make a great neighborhood.

#1: Schools.
Even for people that do not have kids in the school system, it’s important to know what your neighborhood schools are like. Quality schools ensure that good families want to move to that specific area, which will help increase the value of your property. Southwest Washington public schools are among some of the best in the state. Each school district employs high-ranking, award winning teachers, administrators, and support staff. Our primary districts are:

  • Vancouver School District
  • Battle Ground School District
  • Camas School District
  • Washougal School District
  • Evergreen School District
  • Ridgefield School District
  • La Center School District

#2: Accessibility.
Whether you’re a city person or someone who wants to be surrounded by forested areas in the country, making sure your home is accessible to the things you want is key. Research what places are nearby for public transportation, grocery stores, restaurants, activities, or hospitals. Consider what parks and other green spaces are around and factor in how long you will need to commute to work in your new neighborhood. If you telecommute, be sure you know how you’ll get that done in your new location. All of these are important questions to figure out answers to, so you can be sure you’re spending time at home rather than in your car traveling a long way to the places you need to be.

#3: Pride in ownership.
When you find a neighborhood that demonstrates pride in ownership, it’s obvious. Residents that keep their homes and yards maintained well will generally also value in the neighborhood and the neighbors they meet. A great neighborhood has neighbors that look out for each other, bringing them together for the betterment of the neighborhood as a whole.

If you want to explore the option of buying a home, contact me. I’ve been helping customers of all kinds for more than two decades. As a Realtor®, I can help you start the process and can provide tips along the way. I am glad to help you with the information you need to start your adventure.

Posted on October 9, 2018 at 8:08 pm
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Home Improvements That Add Value

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Thinking of listing your home for sale soon? Even if you’re not, you’re likely interested in what remodeling projects will reap the biggest returns when it does come time to sell your home.  Some renovations will add more value than others. Here are some home improvements that can add value to your home and make it look great in the meantime.

Improvement #1: An updated front door.
This is a pretty easy and inexpensive update and according to a 2014 report in Remodeling Magazine, you can add about 96% of the amount you spent to the value of your home. If you don’t need a brand new door, but you still want to update it, a fresh coat of paint will also help offer some payoff.

Improvement #2: An updated kitchen.
An updated kitchen can bring a great return. If you go to sell the house with an outdated kitchen, a potential buyer may come in and think that they need to redo it and overestimate how much it will cost when in fact, an average kitchen remodel is a lot less than a buyer might assume. And if you’re savvy when it comes to shopping and if you’re open to doing some of the work yourself, you can save even more money and still reap a good return later.

Improvement #3: Updated bathrooms.
Just like an updated kitchen, bathrooms can bring a good return when it comes time to sell the house. Be sure that the style ties into the rest of the home’s design. For example, if you live in an older home, you won’t want to do a contemporary/modern style bathroom.

Improvement #4: New windows.
If you live in a home that has old windows, there is a good chance that they’re leaky and inefficient. Replacing windows will not only add value to your home, but they’ll keep your home warmer/cooler throughout the year and you’ll likely see a decrease in your utility bills because less energy will be wasted.

When it comes to remodels or updates, remember to be aware of the specific flavor of your neighborhood. Sometimes, if you over-improve or over-remodel your home, it won’t provide as much of a return. If you have any questions about what updates would bring the best return for your specific home and neighborhood, I’m happy to help. Contact me today with any questions.

Source:
Mears, Teresa. “Which Home Remodeling Projects Are Worth Your Money?”
U.S. News & World Report. March 7, 2014. Accessed online September 20, 2016.
http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2014/03/06/which-home-remodeling-projects-are-worth-your-money

Posted on September 21, 2016 at 5:14 pm
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