2020 saw some major shifts in housing markets around the country. With so many people working from home, many chose to leave more expensive and densely populated areas to find new places to call home. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, Jacksonville, Deltona, and Port Saint Lucie ranked as three of the top 15 cities in the country for inbound migration. We've got all the details on why so many people are choosing to move to these popular Florida cities.
Home value is a tricky thing. Factors that are out of your control – the market, your neighborhood, and more – can cause your home's value to inflate and deflate. But there are ways to control your home's value, and that's why we're here. Whether your budget is big or small, we've gathered an assortment of projects that will help maximize your home's value.
Great things often come in small packages. The same applies to home renovations and maintenance projects designed to maximize your home's value. Sure, installing a brand-new roof or completely remodeling your kitchen will likely boost value, but those sorts of projects will also drain your budget fast. Focus on smaller-scale projects to see big payoffs in the long run.
Inspectors can identify flaws in your home that you didn't even know were there. Once you know they exist, you can take steps to remedy them.
You can't magically change your square footage, but you can rely on visual tricks to give the illusion of greater space. Replace heavy curtains with blinds to let in more light – natural light helps a room feel more open. You could also try adding a large mirror to essentially double the space.
First impressions matter, so make sure your home always makes a strong one with high curb appeal. Refresh the exterior paint if it needs it, decorate your front door, and consider adding accent items like light fixtures or furniture to your home's walkway as ways to ensure your home presents a handsome exterior.
Keep your lawn neat and tidy with regular landscaping can be a major factor in maximizing your home's value. Shrubs, colorful plants, and flowers can liven up your yard as well, but make sure to keep everything trimmed and well-manicured.
Planting a tree has a long-term payoff, but it's well worth it if you don't plan on selling anytime soon. A fully grown mature tree boosts curb appeal and can help with cooling costs by providing shade. Consider it a solid investment that boosts your home's value in the future.
You may not live in a multi-million-dollar beachfront mansion, but that doesn't mean you can't add affordable luxuries on a smaller scale. For instance, installing a water filtration system to your kitchen sink not only gives you clean water to drink without having to constantly drop money on water bottles, but it's also the kind of touch that will attract homeowners.
A fresh coat of paint always helps to liven up rooms or your curb appeal, and for those reasons it can have a positive impact on your home value.
Cleaning the house might just be a weekend ritual in your house, but if you're looking to sell, it can make a huge difference. Clean houses look better, feel better, and typically have a better chance at selling.
For more than 50 years, Watson has been in your neighborhood. And like any good neighbor, we can't wait to show you around. That's why we created The Watson Blog.
If you haven't noticed, we're fresh off launching a brand-new website. One of our goals when designing our new website was to equip it with the features you'd need to feel empowered during your home-buying and selling experiences. Feeling empowered is, among many things, feeling knowledgeable. Know what you want in your new home. Know what to do once you find the perfect home. Know about the neighborhood you're moving into. Our new website has everything you need to obtain this knowledge, and so much more.
The Watson Blog is a natural extension of that. Because while you can find the right house through our new website, The Watson Blog will fuel your creative urge to nail down the perfect décor style and themes for that house with posts about design trends and other forms of home inspiration. Our new website makes it easy to see statistics about that new neighborhood you're venturing into. But The Watson Blog will show you what it's like to live there. Find the local pizza joint with the best sauce-to-cheese ratio or the best yoga spot to achieve zen in the neighborhood guide section of our blog. Discover the best spots to spook up a good time around Halloween or how to plan the perfect gameday experience for your favorite local sports team in our local events section.
And when we say we're in your neighborhood, we mean it. Watson has a presence throughout Florida and southeastern Georgia; from as far north as St. Marys and Jacksonville to as far south as Port St. Lucie and Port Charlotte – and lots in between – The Watson Blog will be there to show you around. So join us as we post new content weekly covering a wide range of topics about all the places you call home. And should you wander into an area of the blog that doesn't have much content, worry not; we'll be fleshing out every section of The Watson Blog with the kind of rich content you want to read over the coming months.