Pre-sale Renovations

If you are looking to sell your home, it is quite possible that you are considering making some renovations prior to putting it up for sale. Due to a variety of reasons, many believe it is necessary in order to expedite the selling of their home. While this may be true, is it worth the cost? In a perfect real estate market, making improvements would add value. However, in today’s market, expensive pre-sale renovations, for the most part, are not worth it. According to Remodeling magazine’s 2010 Remodeling Cost vs. Value survey, remodels that were done in 2010 will only …

What to do at home in Oklahoma on a snowy day?

If you’re like me, having a day off, or two, or three, when you haven’t planned for it, is sort of like a “birthday gift” you weren’t expecting! So, the past week or so, I’ve found myself with a little “me” time. Usually, if an activity is not on my iPhone calendar, or list of things to do for the day, I don’t get to it.  So, after spending the morning in my recliner, on my lap-top answering emails, writing articles, and watching the snow fall, I realized…I have time to do anything I want! Wow! So, I made a …

Benefits of homeownership

One thing I commonly hear is, “I’m just tired of renting,” and with good reason. It is frustrating to pay an amount each month and know that you are essentially paying someone else’s mortgage. I can remember my dad telling me that I might as well be throwing my money away; especially considering the sum I was shelling over each month, with no equity to show for it. There are many benefits to homeownership, with the most obvious being building wealth. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) states that “home equity is the largest single source of …

To the man cave!

More and more, I’m being asked which of our floor plans would provide room for a man cave. A man cave is essentially a dedicated area for a man to be alone or socialize with his friends. It provides a sanctuary away from the inevitable intrusion of scented candles, flowers, and throw pillows. Even among my friends, I’m finding this to be ever more popular. So prominent are man caves, an entire marketplace has emerged in recent years to outfit such areas. There are numerous websites committed to providing essentials that will eventually be a testament to a man’s manliness. …

How many names can a bedroom have?

This blog post is about change; specifically the changes that one room in my home has gone through in the last 25 years.  If the walls in this room could speak; they would tell the story of a little girl and her journey through life.  This room belongs to my daughter. You’ll notice I wrote belongs, not belonged to my daughter. Even though she no longer lives in our home, that room is and forever will be her room. This room started out with a crib, rocking chair, and changing table- known as “the baby’s room”. Next came a canopy …