4 Bathroom Updates to Increase Your Home Value

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One of the best ways to bring value and beauty to your home is to update your bathroom.  According to the website “Remodeling”, their 2013 Cost Vs Value Report, within the San Antonio area, a bathroom remodel has a 82.5% cost recuperation average.  Master Bathrooms can run anywhere from $7,000 to $15,000 depending on the size and what is desired.  However, a Hall Bathroom typically costs $4,000 to $6,000 to update. 

Renovate Paint and Design’s suggestions are the following:

  • Starting with electrical, do away with all light boxes or Hollywood light systems above the mirror.   Instead, install lighting that looks elegant with a brushed nickel or antique bronze finish.  You can even put in can lights to create a better visual affect. 
  • The next item that is a must is in updating the shower.  New tile on the floor and inside the shower along with a seamless shower stall with definitely add to the beauty of your bathroom. 
  • New counter tops and possibly new cabinets will almost finish the overall transformation. 
  • Finally, do away with all wallpaper and add the finishing touch and warmth of paint to the walls. 

It is amazing how much comfort and joy you can bring into your home when you redesign this space.  It will feel like you have created your own personal spa.

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5 Summer-time in Texas Reminders

 

Some of these suggestions have been based on personal unfortunate experiences others from reminders from professionals and what we’ve seen at homes around the San Antonio area:

air-filter_IYR3W_691)      Change out the A/C filter at least every two months so that units are not stressed and will last longer.

 

acdrainline2)      Put bleach down the A/C overflow lines in the attic to prevent clogging and water damage.  (If you’re not doing this you may be calling us for ceiling and other water damage repairs.)

 

soakerhose3)      Keep soil around foundations moist with a soaker hose to help prevent movement and cracks.

 

 

waterpenetrate4)      If you water longer and deeper once a week your grass will fare better.  But remember to keep track of watering guidelines through your local water company.  Make sure you know the day(s) and timeframe that you’re allowed to water.

 

 

bugathome5)      Fire ants and other bugs will be more tempted to enter your home during a dry time.  Monitor the exterior of your home especially around brick weep holes.  A long-lasting spray will be necessary at points of entry to your home to minimize an insect invasion.

Your Chimney may be Rotting

Chimneys

Get the Binoculars and Check It Out

“Out of sight out of mind” is a true statement for areas of the exterior of your home that are seldom seen or noticed.  Once a year I suggest that you visibly walk around with a pair of binoculars or telephoto lens and examine the upper levels of your home; especially where the wood touches the roof.

If you drive down the block you may notice about 20% of all homes have some type of damage to their chimneys.  On 70% of homes we paint, the carpenter first has to replace rotten wood trim or siding on chimneys.  The chimney is one of the most exposed surfaces on your home.  Wind damage, driving rain, occasional lightening, squirrels, raccoons, and sun cause substantial damage.

You might say, “Charles, we have no problem; my home is not that old or it has been painted in the last couple of years.”  Believe me when I say, do a visual check once a year of your home’s exterior.  You will save yourself a lot of money by being aware and catching the maintenance items on your home before they become major problems.

Remember this: wood rot usually begins with water penetrating cracks which affects the interior of the wood surfaces.  Look and see if the painted surface looks like it may be waffling or collapsing on itself.  This is a sure sign of internal wood rot.  You usually cannot see this from the ground without binoculars.

Don’t worry about getting up on a ladder to do your repairs, contact us, we do it all the time in and around San Antonio, TX: Renovate Paint and Design, 210-403-3232, info@renovatepaint.com.