Jay Allen - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West | Framingham, MA Real Estate, Natick, MA Real Estate


 
 
 

When building a new house, you will face a lot of decisions to make. The initial price of your home entails the cost of all the standard finishes and the cost of construction. If you are planning to customize your home, you should always consider the cost of an upgrade. Otherwise, it's challenging to manage your budget when faced with numerous options. The best way to surmount this difficulty is to prioritize correctly and only spend money on things that add value to your construction.


When considering the type of upgrade to invest in, think in terms of overall value which is functionality as well as return on investment. Here are the five best updates that add value to your home: 


The Kitchen 

Your kitchen is one of the essential points in a home. It is one of the rooms you visit every day, and you spend quality time. Also, when you decide to sell your house, the kitchen is one of those places a potential buyer will inspect to determine the quality of the house. You don't have to upgrade every single aspect of your kitchen at once. For a start, consider upgrading the Kitchen Island, taller cabinets, and LED strip cabinet lighting. 


Deeper Basement 

Upgrading your basement is a substantial investment if it is unfinished. An additional foot to the height of your basement can also make a remarkable difference. 


More Lighting 

When you plan on upgrading your lighting system, you are probably looking for ways to brighten up the house especially if it is builder grade construction. To make your money count, focus more on rooms where illumination is essential. Proper lighting can boost the quality of the house for potential buyers if a future need arises to sell.


Bigger Garage 

A garage can be expanded in length and width to give room for more vehicles. It also can be upgraded depth-wise to accommodate things like gardening supplies, bikes, and more. 


Energy savers 

There is an added benefit to energy-saving upgrades. If you are considering investing in energy savers, consider getting things like energy efficient appliances, energy efficient windows, cooling and space heating devices, etc. An energy-efficient home will save with lots of money on your utility bills. Your home will perform efficiently for you while staying warm in the winter and cool in the summer.



 

If you intend to sell your home in the near future, you may want to spend some time sprucing up your residence's interior. In fact, there are many reasons to improve your home's interior before you list your house.  Here are some considerations:


1. You can differentiate your residence from the competition.


A good exercise to consider as you prepare to put your home on the market is to carve out a Sunday to tour open houses in your area.  Very quickly, you will be able to see the difference between the sellers who put effort into preparing their home for sale, and the ones who perhaps could have used more time to get their home "showing-ready."  Which home will you be when you have your first open house?


2. You can boost the likelihood of a profitable home sale.


When it comes to selling your home, your ultimate goal likely is to earn as much as you can from your house sale. Thanks to a stunning home interior, you can increase your chances of enjoying a profitable house selling experience.

Remember, a dazzling home interior may make it simple for buyers to fall in love with your residence as soon as they walk through the front door. If multiple buyers compete to acquire your home, you may receive several offers to purchase at or above your residence's initial asking price.


3. You can speed up the home selling process.


There is no telling how long it will take you to sell your house. But if you improve your residence's interior, you could make your home an attractive option to dozens of buyers. And as a result, you could reap the benefits of a fast home sale.  A consultation with a qualified home staging service can be a valuable investment to achieve this.  And if you follow your stager's recommendations you may be better equipped than ever before to enjoy a successful house selling experience.


 
 

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Picking out flowers to plant in your garden and around your home is no easy task. You’ll have to consider the hardiness of the plants, whether you want them to come back year after year, what colors complement your house, and so on.

 Most people just simply buy flowers that look pretty. And while you can get lucky and have healthy flowers that way, a better method is to think about what you’re looking for in a flower.

 In this article, we’re going to help you choose the right flowers for your home and lifestyle.

 Annuals, biennials, and perennials

One of the first things you should consider is the lifecycle of the flowers. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of choosing and planting new flowers every year or two, perennials may be the best choice for you. Over the long run, you can save money by planting and caring for perennials. However, in the short term, annuals tend to be cheaper to buy.

Planting perennials

If you do decide to go with perennials in your garden you’ll need to be careful about which ones you choose. Make sure to look up your plant hardiness zone and only buy flowers that can withstand the colder seasons in your region.

Furthermore, you’ll want to see if there is any special care required to keep your flowers coming back each year. Likely, you’ll have to spend a bit of time aerating and fertilizing your soil to maintain a supply of nutrients to your plants’ roots. Similarly, determine if there is any special care that you can provide in the winter to help the plants return to life next spring.

Planting annuals

Annuals tend to be some of the brightest and most beautiful flowers. Some of them, called “volunteers,” can sow their own seeds easily and return the next year with minimum work on your part.

You might also notice that annuals bloom throughout the season. That means you and you family and house guests have more time to marvel at the beautiful flowers they produce.

Some common annuals to plant are begonias, geraniums, marigolds, sunflowers and petunias. If you like to keep a variety.

Planting biennials

Like annuals, biennials will die after they bloom. The key difference is that they last for two years not one. During spring of the first year they will grow and stem but won’t bloom. The following spring is when biennials reach their peak.

 Just like annuals, biennials can sow their own seeds. However, some are easier to grow than others and you’ll want to encourage them with rich, aerated soil and plenty of water in early spring.

 Some common biennials include Black-eyed Susans, Sweet William, Forget-Me-Not, and some garden variety plants like fennel, carrot, and parsley.

 Pest-repelling plants

There’s more to flowers than just their ability to look and smell nice. Some plants have the ability to repel certain pests. 

Marigold can repel certain insects as well as rabbits, chives repel certain beetles and flies, petunias repel aphids (which can wreak havoc in your vegetable garden), and so on. 

If you have a pest problem and want to dissuade them from coming back next year, planting pest-repelling plants may be the best option for you.


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