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Don’t Agonize, Organize!

Every January after all the holiday decorations are put away for another year Jeff and I get the organizing bug.  No matter how we try to avoid it the itch seems to hit and without really saying anything to each other we are off organizing our office or cleaning out closets.  This year Jeff got especially motivated and organized some storage space in the garage!

10 Tips To Organizing Your Louisville, CO Home

If this happens to you too then check out this clever list of tips from our very organized friends over at Land Title.  I’m giving #3 a try tonight and then I’m off to buy some supplies to implement #5 – it seems like such a simple solution to my never ending black-sock puzzle on laundry day.

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Remodeling Projects – Added Value or Added Enjoyment?

Every year about this time we get questions from homeowners about the real estate value of a remodeling project they have in mind. Usually the homeowner wants financial justification to do a project that will make life a little bit nicer for their family.  They know Jeff sees lots of homes and has a good handle on what buyers like.

Our advice is to look at the cost vs value figures.  From a quick payback point of view those numbers have been a bit discouraging lately, but if you are looking long term and are making the improvements to add value to your family’s life in addition to the value of your home then that’s a double win and the project is probably a good investment.

Here are some excerpts from Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs Value Denver market report for 2011-2012 for midrange projects.  Scroll down to find your pet project and the estimated value it will add to your home.

  • Entry Door Replacement (steel) – cost $1,238 – cost recouped $903 – 73%
  • Garage Door Replacement – cost $1,512 – cost recouped $1,087  – 72%
  • Minor Kitchen Remodel – cost $19,588 – cost recouped $14, 120 – 72%
  • Deck Addition (wood) – $10,350 – cost recouped $7,259 – 70%
  • Siding Replacement – cost $11,729 – cost recouped $8,155 – 69.5%
  • Window Replacement – cost $11,319 – cost recouped $7,692 – 68%
  • Basement Remodel – cost R$634,378 – cost recouped $42,338 – 66.8%

If you want further advice on how a remodeling project can help the resale value of your home give Jeff a call at 303-579-1617.  He’ll be glad to help you look at the cost vs value for a future resale while considering the benefit to your family now.

 

 

Get Your Oatmeal On!

Lafayette Oatmeal Festival 2013

Still thinking about making some New Year’s resolutions?  Of course you can!  Anytime is a good time to start something new – especially if its good and healthy!

You like oatmeal right?  You like festivals right?  Want something fun to do after a couple of weeks of post holiday quiet?  Well you’ve come to the right place!

Lafayette will be rolling out the oats this Saturday, January 12th when they host they 17th Annual Oatmeal Festival.  You’ll be amazed at the sight of the world’s largest topping bar at Pioneer Elementary School to go with the 200 gallons of oatmeal.  If you’d rather have your oats another way, fill your plate from the stack of 4,000 oatmeal pancakes and 1,200 oatmeal muffins!

After you’ve gotten your fill visit the health fair at the Bob Burger Rec Center, join the Quicker Quaker 5K Run/Walk and check out the baking contest.  you can get all the details at Lafayette Chamber of  Commerce website.