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December
22

If you're like 60% of people, you probably dread the idea of moving. And we get it! Packing, loading, unpacking – it can all be a bit of a drag. So you've probably considered simply reimagining the space you're in as an alternative to moving. But that has its own drawbacks, like trying to live around the messiness and noises of home improvement.

At the core of either of these decisions lies the true issue: you're not happy with at least some part of your home. Making the choice to renovate or move to a new home entirely isn't easy, but we're hoping the following guide can help you make an informed decision one way or the other.

Consider the Costs

Try to think beyond the profit, because believe it or not, selling your home can be costly. Everything from touch-ups and minor repairs to staging and various closing costs can rack up a high price. That's before you even consider paying for your new home!

Then again, depending on the scope of your renovations, you could be looking at a hefty price tag as well. Renovations also typically require immediate out-of-pocket costs, and as projects go on, you could see additional costs enter the picture.

Do You Like Your Location?

Do you love your neighborhood? Are your kids in a great school district? Are you an active fixture in your community? Sometimes the one thing you fall out of love with about where you live is…where you live.

If you've found you adore your community but your home isn't meeting your needs anymore, perhaps renovating is the route for you. Conversely, if you'd rather discover a new neighborhood, you might choose to start fresh with a move.

Think Long-Term

It's generally accepted that what you pay for in renovations, you probably won't get back when you sell. There are exceptions to this, of course, but for most folks it holds true.

So if you plan to be in your home for another 10 years, remodeling is a good idea. You'll get to enjoy the results of all your hard work and money spent. If you don't see yourself staying put for long, however, it likely won't be cost-effective to sink money into renovations.

Research the Market

For the past year and more, the market has been particularly ripe for sellers. And while that might influence your decision to sell and move into a new home, keep in mind that you'll still need to buy a new home. The market has been significantly more challenging for buyers.

The market is always fluid, however, so whenever you find yourself pondering renovations versus selling, do yourself a favor and check in on your local market.

 

What you choose will ultimately come down to your unique situation. If you're looking for an agent's expert opinion on the matter, check in with one of Watson's knowledgeable real estate pros!

April
1

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January
20

Ready to reimagine your kitchen? Or tackle that backyard project? Or maybe you're just finally ready to declutter and reorganize. Perhaps you don't even know what it is you want to do with your house; you just know you want change. Never fear! We've got New Year's resolutions for your home to inspire you.

Give Your Stuff a Home

Over the course of a year, we tend to accumulate lots of stuff. If you don't keep a handle on it, you can find your drawers, cabinets, closets, and counters overflowing with heaps of stuff that maybe doesn't belong there. Make it a resolution to give all that homeless stuff a place where it can live comfortably – preferably somewhere neat, tidy, and out of the way. Decluttering in this way not only frees up useful space, it'll make your home feel even roomier than before.

You'll likely have a lot of stuff that doesn't make the cut after this process. Instead of just tossing it, consider donating it to a local organization that will give it to those in need.

Restock & Organize Your Pantry & Fridge

Unless you're hyper-diligent when putting away groceries, chances are you've got a lot of clutter in your pantry, cabinets, fridge, and freezer. Dedicate some time to reorganizing theses pivotal kitchen spaces: sort out the items you'll use/eat from the things you won't, store frequently used items like flour and sugar in airtight containers to minimize the amount of unwieldy bags taking up space, and reorganize what remains in a clean, sensible fashion. It'll make cooking feel like much less of a chore when everything you need is where it should be.

Make Your Home Safe

We mean safe in two ways: safe from intruders and safe for yourself.

First, intruders. If you don't already have one, maybe this is the year to have a security system installed. They're incredibly sophisticated these days, allowing you to control many features remotely from your phone. Pair it with a smart doorbell and cameras and you'll feel safer than ever in your home.

Speaking of feeling safer in your home, sometimes it's the unseen threats that you should worry about. Invisible invaders like radon and carbon monoxide can endanger everyone living in your home. Check for radon with an inexpensive testing kit from your local hardware store. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every bedroom floor as well to monitor this deadly gas.

While we're on the topic of unseen threats, have you cleared out your dryer lint lately? Not the relatively paltry amounts caught in the trap inside the dryer, but rather the lint in the vents and ducts behind the machine? With even just a reasonable amount of lint buildup in those areas, you could be looking at a major fire hazard.

Deep Clean

New year, fresh start – what better time to give your house a deep, deep clean? Go room to room and scrub, dust, vacuum, wipe, and just generally sanitize every nook and cranny you normally glance over during your regular cleaning sessions.

Be More Eco-Friendly

Going green at home doesn't have to mean installing solar panels (though that doesn't hurt). It can happen in smaller but just as impacting ways, like recycling more than just your soda cans. From compost to cardboard and glass to grease, organize your recyclable materials into appropriate bins and dispose of them properly – your local recycling center can help you figure out the best way to approach this.

Going green can also save you money on your power bill, and who doesn't want that? Seemingly little things like turning the lights off when you're not in the room or cutting off your AC when you're gone can help the environment and your wallet. Installing LED bulbs and low-flow showerheads that use less electricity and water, respectively, are other beneficial ways to save money and the planet.

July
12

More often than not, renovating your home sounds like a great idea until you start seeing price tags. The fact is most major renovations are going to cost a pretty penny or two, but there are still projects you can tackle that will refresh your home without having to shell out a ton of money. If you're ready to rejuvenate your house, try one of these affordable home renovations you can make on a budget.

Clean Your Home's Exterior

Know what is sure to make you feel in love with your home again? Charming curb appeal! Cleaning the gunk off your home's exterior is a great first step. Whether you go with a bucket of cleaning product and a brush or rent a pressure washer, restoring the shine to your home's façade will make it feel new again.

Repaint Your Front Door

While you're at it, add some new paint to your front door or exterior accents. Think bold colors if you really want your home to stand out!

Change Your Doorknobs, Handles, and Hinges

They may seem inconsequential, but you'd be surprised how much of a difference it makes to update these small items. Installation is super easy, too!

Create More Kitchen Storage

Lack of storage space is a kiss of death for any kitchen, so don't let this tragic fate befall yours. Take advantage of empty walls by installing open shelving to hold more dishes and cookware. It's a smart solution to a common problem, and it's way more affordable than redoing your cabinets.

Update Your Lampshades

Along with doorknobs and hinges, lampshades probably don't top your list of renovations that matter. But you should update that list, because updating lampshades can liven up an entire room.

Replace Light Switch Plates

Out with the dingy, yellowing light switch plates and in with clean, bright plates. For extra pizazz, go with stainless steel plates for the kitchen or even bathrooms.

Paint the Walls

If it works for the exterior, a fresh coat of paint can bring new life to any room. Painting the walls can even represent a complete thematic change for the room, so feel free to change up the entire décor to match the new wall color.

Install a New Backsplash

Backsplashes are great additions to any kitchen, not just because they look great, but because they can make your kitchen appear as though it's undergone major renovations. You don't even need expensive tools; peel-and-stick tiles are easy to apply and look just as great as the real deal.

Overhaul the Bathrooms

Go all-out with the bathrooms: change the shower curtain, get new decorative towels, swap the rugs, establish a whole new color scheme. On the hardware side, you can install new shower heads with specialty settings, replace your shower door with a more attractive one, and so much more without dropping hundreds of dollars.

Give Your Flooring its Shine Back

No matter how handsome your flooring is, tile, carpet, and wood will wear with time and use. Rather than gut your flooring and replace it with expensive new materials, invest in a good cleaning product specific for your flooring type. A deep clean every few months will keep your floor looking freshly installed.

Install New Curtains or Blinds

Typical vinyl blinds can be basic and drab, so replace them with something a little cozier like wooden blinds. The same goes for your curtains – a simple switch to something bold can make your room feel new again.

Rearrange Your Furniture

Unless your furniture is no longer functional, there really isn't a need to replace it for renovation purposes. Instead, move it around! Creating new spaces and restructuring the flow of the room can accomplish the same result as doling out hundreds for new furniture.

Hang More Mirrors

Mirror mirror on the wall, which room is the fairest of them all? Any room with a few mirrors on display! They'll open the space, making it appear larger and reflect light to brighten it up.

Declutter

Decluttering is just as effective at livening your home as it is at getting your home ready to sell. It gives the illusion of more space while making your home that much more inviting.

Install New Trimwork

Accentuate your walls and doors with new trimwork or crown molding. Whether you go ornate or reserved with your trim choices, this small project can refresh a room in just a few days.

Smarten Your Home

If your home isn't already armed with smart devices, consider installing a few. Just about every aspect of your home can be controlled by a smart device, from thermostats and lights to door locks and security systems. You can even link most devices to a single hub like a Google Home or Amazon Echo for easier control. Technological renovations can be just as important as physical renovations!

Upgrade an Affordable Appliance

A fancy new refrigerator probably won't fit your budget, but a smaller upgrade could! Look for appliances you use often when searching for affordable appliance upgrades, like the microwave or coffee maker.

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