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Today’s Home Improvements for Tomorrow

May 29, 2013

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John D’Ambrogio

Here are some comments from Baird & Warner’s own Tom Gill

Kari Richardson of the Chicago Tribune wrote an interesting article on the smartest upgrades you can make to a new home. Below are some excerpts and some of our comments.

Everyone likes upgrading a home to their personal needs, in a way that can define the home owner. Their own personal touch that makes a new home turn into their home. Unfortunately, not everyone likes the cost of these upgrades. To get the best of both worlds, Kari Richardson explored the smartest upgrades for new homes.

Richardson sat down with Christy Whelan, the director of sales for the custom home building company Airhart Construction. She first recommends two essential value adding upgrades as oak wood flooring and granite kitchen counter tops. These durable improvements will help you enjoy your home more, and add value if you ever decide to sell or rent that home.

One of the current most popular upgrades is installing built in furniture to family and dining room areas, such as a custom buffet for around the same cost as a piece of furniture. Overall, home owners looking to upgrade should search for high style and low cost to set their home apart from others on the market.

Helen Weiss, the VP of sales and marketing for Weiss Development compared home improvements to a sweater bought on sale that is never worn; even the cheapest upgrades are a waste of money if they aren’t valued or used. Overall, home buyers or owners shouldn’t look to go way over the top on upgrades in today’s market. Instead, look for the best bang for your buck to get the smartest home improvements.

You can find the whole article from the Chicago Tribune here.


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