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Judy Browne

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Repairs And Upgrades: How Much Will They Cost?

During the process of buying or selling a home, your clients often learn about recommended or required repairs and upgrades.  Of course, the first thing homeowners want to know is, “How much will that cost?”

Pillar to Post is pleased to offer their popular Residential Construction and Remodeling Estimates cost guide, which provides estimated cost ranges for repair and/or replacement of the major systems and components in a home. It also includes general guidelines for the life expectancy of those systems. This information can help you make informed decisions when considering home repairs or improvements. Below is just a sampling of a list of estimated costs for hundreds of repairs/upgrades.

Floors

Hardwood Floor Refinish      $3-$6 / sq. ft

Carpet-clean                             $125 / room

Ceramic Tile                             $6-$11 / sq. ft

Kitchen Renovation                $7,500 +

Kitchen counter – laminate    $45 / lin. ft

Kitchen counter – marble      $80 / lin. ft

Security System

Alarm System                            $2,500

Alarm Monitoring                    $35 / month

Deck

Pressure Treated                    $15-$30 /sq. ft

Custom Designed & Built      $55-$80 / sq. ft.

Windows

Skylight                                   $800 and up

Casement – replace                $50 / sq. ft.

These estimates reflect the average basic costs for supplies and installation of building materials in United States and Canada. Costs may vary depending on regions, upgrades, complexity, and disposal fees.

For complimentary copies of our Construction and Remodeling Estimates cost guide, please contact your local Pillar To Post office, or download  from:  http://www.pillartopost.com/costguide

Or download the pdf here   Repair & Upgrade Cost Guide

10 important tips for Sellers when showing their home.

  1. Be as flexible as possible with showing times. Evenings and weekends are the most popular times for buyers to view houses. Your home won’t sell if buyers can’t see it.
  2. Open Houses are important, especially in this current market.  An open house allows your home to be viewed by as many people s possible, with minimal disruption to you and your schedule. My suggestion is that you plan on going on a nice weekend get-a-way and let me do the work!
  3. Have plans for your pets during showings. Some people are uncomfortable around animals.  You’ll need to put dogs into crates, take them to doggie day care or ask friends or neighbors to care for them.  Cats that cannot go outdoors should be placed in carriers.  Most people are conscientious, but they cannot guarantee your pet won’t escape during a showing.  Your pets are your responsibility.
  4. Put valuable items in a secure location. Most people are trustworthy but it is best not to leave valuable items in plain view (i.e. jewelry, money, collectibles, and personal electronics).
  5. Secure all prescription drugs.  This is critically important, especially during an open house.  Although your agent will be present for the open house, it is difficult to keep track of everyone at all times.
  6. Keep your house as clean as possible. Have a closet, bin or other convenient location to hide things if you need to make a quick exit. Do your best to have your home ‘show ready’ at all times.
  7. Don’t stay in your home during showings or an open house. It is very important that buyers have the time and freedom to thoroughly view your home.  Most buyers are not comfortable if the seller is present. If you cannot leave consider going outside, go for a walk, or visit a neighbor’s house.
  8. It is okay to wait to leave for a showing until the buyers arrive. I suggest you check after about 30 minutes to see if they’ve gone and you’re free to go back inside your home. It is to your benefit not to stay in the home during showings.
  9. Be careful about talking to the buyers or the buyer’s agent. It is too easy to give away information to the buyer or their agent that could negatively affect you during negotiations. “Silence is Golden”.
  10. Call your agent immediately if you find any problems in your home after a showing or open house.

If you live in the Denver Metro area and are thinking of selling your home.  I would be honored to help you.  You can reach me through the “contact me” link on this website.

Some DIY Summer Fun

We’re having a 4th of July BBQ this year and I wanted to come up with something different and fun to have for games outside.  I saw a fun post on Facebook on how to make traditional inside games into yard games.  Here’s a link to the original post from our friends at “This Old House”:

Jenga & Yahtzee

7 Giant Yard Games You Can DIY

I decided to go for what I thought would be the 2 easiest. My husband and I made yard sized Jenga and Yahtzee.

We also needed some score sheets for Yahtzee which I downloaded here.

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