News From The Chairman

Dixon Holman

Front Real Estate

What’s it worth to you?


All homeowners have one thing in common – home improvement and maintenance projects. Whether something breaks, becomes outdated, or you’re ready for a change, certain projects are just a part of owning a house.


Should I stay or should I go?

So, what makes for a successful home-improvement project? The answer depends on your intentions. Are you making a change because you plan on living in the house for a while? Are you upgrading so you can sell soon? Your plans should affect your priorities and make certain improvements more appealing.


Where to start?

Whether you’re staying for a while or selling soon, structural and mechanical improvements should come first. Plumbing and electrical systems should be sound before you go for a hot tub and modern appliances. What good are new wood floors if your roof is leaking. Get the point? Is it necessarily interesting or rewarding work? Not really. Frustrating? Maybe. Trust me, though, it’s the right move.


When you’ve gotten the infrastructure up to snuff, you can start on more exciting and gratifying improvements.


Home sweet home

If you’re planning to stay in your home for the foreseeable future, the nature of your improvements is not so much about recovering money as it is about a higher quality of life. Want to get rid of a small bedroom and create a big master suite with two walk-in closets and a hot tub? Go for it!


Even if you’re not planning on selling anytime soon, though, keep in mind that the longer you stay in your home after a project is complete, the less likely you are to recoup a high percentage of the project’s cost.