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Title:
101 cost-effective ways to increase the value of your home
Author:
Berges, Steve, 1959-
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Publication Information:
Chicago : Dearborn Trade Pub., [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
viii, 291 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780793185757
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Book

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Summary

Every year, millions of Americans spend varying degrees of time and money on home improvements. Which improvements are likely to add the greatest value on resale? What kinds of small, inexpensive projects can really make a difference? How do homeowners get started on the project of their dreams? Real estate expert Steve Berges draws on his more than 25 years of experience to provide homeowners with the advice and guidance they crave, as they mull over their home improvement options and prepare to venture out into the world of building inspectors, subcon tractors, deed restrictions, and other thorny issues. 101 Cost-Effective Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home covers a range of home improvement options - no-cost, low-cost, and pricey - and helps readers determine where they'll get the most bang for their buck. protect their investment through smart negotiations and the right agreements Weigh the benefits of a do-it-yourself project Move smoothly through tasks that can seem daunting, such as getting the required permits and researching local insurance and bonding requirements Appreciate the importance of such intangibles as cleanliness, and decor. Determine how much to expect to recoup on every single project, from bathroom and kitchen remodels to new windows, fences, or gutters. Focusing on the intrinsic value of each home improvement - from a brand-new kitchen to a simple lawn clean-up - 101 Cost-Effective Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home helps readers assess their needs, organize their priorities, and make budget-sensible decisions that will help them preserve and enhance their greatest asset - their home.


Author Notes

Steve Berges is a 25-year veteran of the real estate industry


Table of Contents

Part 1 Getting Started
1. Your Home is Your Greatest Assetp. 3
Introductionp. 3
Background and Personal Experiencep. 6
Visibility Adds Valuep. 7
Value Is Relativep. 9
Impact Value Rating Systemp. 11
Consumer Preferencesp. 12
2. Required Approvalsp. 19
1 Meeting with the Local Building Inspectorp. 19
2 Required Permits and Related Feesp. 21
3 Required Inspectionsp. 23
4 Applying for a Building Permitp. 25
5 Revisions and Approvalsp. 26
6 Deed Restrictions and Homeowner Associationsp. 32
3. Everything You Need to Know about Subcontractorsp. 34
7 Do the Work Yourself or Hire a Subcontractor?p. 34
8 Pros and Cons of Using Subcontractorsp. 37
9 How to Find Qualified Subcontractorsp. 40
10 Licensing, Insurance, and Bonding Requirementsp. 42
11 Protect Yourself Using the Right Contractor Agreementsp. 43
12 Warrantiesp. 47
13 Comparing and Accepting Proposalsp. 48
14 Payments to Subcontractorsp. 50
15 Mechanics' Liens and How They Can Affect Youp. 51
Part 2 Exterior Improvements
4. General Property and Groundsp. 55
16 General Cleanupp. 55
17 Lawnsp. 58
18 Landscapingp. 61
19 Irrigation Systemsp. 63
20 Outdoor Lightingp. 67
21 Petsp. 69
22 Combining Grounds Improvementsp. 72
5. Exterior Structuresp. 75
23 Decksp. 75
24 Patiosp. 77
25 Gazebosp. 78
26 Poolsp. 80
27 Hot Tubs and Spasp. 82
28 Storage Shedsp. 84
29 Garagesp. 86
30 Playground Equipmentp. 88
6. General Exteriorp. 91
31 Paintingp. 91
32 Sidingp. 94
33 Roofing Replacementp. 96
34 Roof Cleaningp. 98
35 Rain Guttersp. 100
36 Brick and Masonryp. 102
37 Exterior Doorsp. 105
38 Windowsp. 107
39 Fencesp. 110
40 Improve an Existing Porchp. 113
41 Adding a Porch to Your Homep. 114
42 Sidewalk and Driveway Improvementsp. 118
43 Sidewalk and Driveway Repairsp. 120
44 Junky Cars, Boats, and RVsp. 122
45 Combining Exterior Improvementsp. 123
Part 3 Interior Improvements
7. General Interiorp. 129
46 Overall Cleanlinessp. 129
47 Flooringp. 132
48 Drywall Repairsp. 135
49 Paintingp. 137
50 Wallpaperp. 140
51 Cabinetsp. 142
52 Countertopsp. 144
53 Trim and Moldingp. 148
54 Doors and Hardwarep. 151
55 Furnishings and Decorp. 152
56 Ceilingsp. 156
57 Mirrorsp. 158
58 Fireplacesp. 160
59 Window Coveringsp. 163
60 Odorsp. 165
61 Attic and Wall Insulationp. 168
8. Interior Rooms and Componentsp. 171
62 Foyer and Entrywayp. 171
63 Stairwayp. 172
64 Living Roomp. 174
65 Dining Roomp. 176
66 Kitchenp. 177
67 Appliancesp. 179
68 Pantryp. 181
69 Family Roomp. 183
70 Study or Home Officep. 185
71 Powder Roomp. 186
72 Utility Roomp. 188
73 Bedroomsp. 190
74 Bathroomsp. 191
75 Closetsp. 193
76 Basementp. 195
77 Room Additionsp. 197
Part 4 Structural and Mechanical Improvements
9. Structuralp. 203
78 Slab Foundationsp. 203
79 Basement Foundationsp. 206
10. Heating and Plumbingp. 208
80 Furnacesp. 208
81 Air-Conditioning Systemsp. 211
82 Thermostatsp. 213
83 Hot Water Heatersp. 214
84 Water and Sewer Linesp. 216
85 Kitchen and Bathroom Faucetsp. 218
86 Whirlpool Tubsp. 219
87 Sinksp. 221
11. Electricalp. 223
88 Lightingp. 223
89 Wiring and Breakersp. 226
90 Switches and Outletsp. 227
Part 5 Putting It All Together
12. Case Study Analysisp. 231
91 Primary Principles of Valuationp. 231
92 Secondary Principles of Valuationp. 234
93 Appraisal Methodsp. 235
94 Appraisal Method #1p. 236
95 Appraisal Method #2p. 238
96 Appraisal Method #3p. 238
97 Case Study Analysis--Assumptionsp. 239
98 Case Study Analysis--Estimatesp. 242
99 Case Study Analysis--Comparable Salesp. 243
100 Case Study Analysis--Output Analysisp. 244
101 Summary and Conclusionp. 247
Appendix Sample Subcontractor Agreementp. 249
Glossaryp. 253
Resourcesp. 285
Indexp. 287