Like it or not, Pacific Northwest summers are sizzling these days! Open windows and floor fans may not provide the comfort level you are looking for anymore. Is a cooling system worth the investment?
According to a recent study by the Zillow Group, 72% of homeowners plan to conduct at least one home improvement project over the next 12 months.
Let’s take a look at 3 of the top projects you could embark on this year.
Project 1: New Interior Paint
Freshening up your paint job is a relatively inexpensive way to breathe new life into your home and individual spaces. Summer is a great time to tackle this work as it can be done while you get away for a few days. In addition, leaving doors and windows open to reduce the smell is perfect in warmer weather.
Project 2: Bathroom Remodel
You can go all out in this department or work on a budget. The top aspects to keep in mind are space layout, using proper materials for a bathroom, and unification of a look in the small space. Simple tips include painting cabinets, updating hardware and shower components, and replacing flooring.
Project 3: Landscaping
Adding cement curbing to separate flower beds from grass offers a nice touch. Re-staining decks and pressure washing patios and walkways adds that element of clean. Thin out overgrown and abundant trees and shrubs. You know all those you planted when you had no landscaping? Reshape remaining bushes and hedges. Bring in a few loads of fresh bark or mulch. Always remember to keep foliage trimmed away from your home as it draws in moisture and can add to wood rot and pest habitat.
Most homeowners go above and beyond just paying the mortgage, insurance, and general maintenance. Pick one or two projects a year and set a time to get them done. Your home is an investment.
The long and short of it is yes, no, or maybe. As many are aware the rates are higher than they were last year and will continue to go up as we head into 2019. Does refinancing make sense for anyone right now? It likely could. See below for my top two reasons to consider refinancing before rates go up again.
As many local homeowners hang tight in their current abode as an avoidance tactic for entering our crazy market I field more and more questions from past clients, friends, and family regarding home updates.
My advice is always to love the space you’re in. Sometimes a local move just isn’t in the cards so creating a home you truly enjoy becomes the focus.