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101 Cost-Effective Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

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Title (user) : 101 Cost-Effective Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

ISBN : 0793185750,9780793185757

DDC : 643/.7

LCC : HD259 .B468 2004

GoogleBook ID : TdA4PpHRItUC

OpenLibrary ID : OL17153880M

Authors (user) : Steve Berges

Authors (google) : Steve Berges

Language : English

Publication Date : 2004

File Format : pdf

Categories : Business & Economics


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Description (google) :
Features projects that will add $1,000 to $100,000 to the value of a homeowner's property. 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, subcontractors, 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 for their money.


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Table of contents :
Part One GETTING STARTED......Page 9
INTRODUCTION......Page 11
BACKGROUND AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCE......Page 14
VISIBILITY ADDS VALUE......Page 15
VALUE IS RELATIVE......Page 17
IMPACT VALUE RATING SYSTEM......Page 19
CONSUMER PREFERENCES......Page 20
1: MEETING WITH THE LOCAL BUILDING INSPECTOR......Page 27
2: REQUIRED PERMITS AND RELATED FEES......Page 29
3: REQUIRED INSPECTIONS......Page 31
4: APPLYING FOR A BUILDING PERMIT......Page 33
5: REVISIONS AND APPROVALS......Page 34
6: DEED RESTRICTIONS AND HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATIONS......Page 40
7: DO THE WORK YOURSELF OR HIRE A SUBCONTRACTOR?......Page 42
8: PROS AND CONS OF USING SUBCONTRACTORS......Page 45
9: HOW TO FIND QUALIFIED SUBCONTRACTORS......Page 48
10: LICENSING, INSURANCE, AND BONDING REQUIREMENTS......Page 50
11: PROTECT YOURSELF USING THE RIGHT CONTRACTOR AGREEMENTS......Page 51
12: WARRANTIES......Page 55
13: COMPARING AND ACCEPTING PROPOSALS......Page 56
14: PAYMENTS TO SUBCONTRACTORS......Page 58
15: MECHANICS’ LIENS AND HOW THEY CAN AFFECT YOU......Page 59
Part Two EXTERIOR IMPROVEMENTS......Page 61
16: GENERAL CLEANUP......Page 63
17: LAWNS......Page 66
18: LANDSCAPING......Page 69
19: IRRIGATION SYSTEMS......Page 71
20: OUTDOOR LIGHTING......Page 75
21: PETS......Page 77
22: COMBINING GROUNDS IMPROVEMENTS......Page 80
23: DECKS......Page 83
24: PATIOS......Page 85
25: GAZEBOS......Page 86
26: POOLS......Page 88
27: HOT TUBS AND SPAS......Page 90
28: STORAGE SHEDS......Page 92
29: GARAGES......Page 94
30: PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT......Page 96
31: PAINTING......Page 99
32: SIDING......Page 102
33: ROOF REPLACEMENT......Page 104
34: ROOF CLEANING......Page 106
35: RAIN GUTTERS......Page 108
36: BRICK AND MASONRY......Page 110
37: EXTERIOR DOORS......Page 113
38: WINDOWS......Page 115
39: FENCES......Page 118
40: IMPROVE AN EXISTING PORCH......Page 121
41: ADDING A PORCH TO YOUR HOME......Page 122
42: SIDEWALK AND DRIVEWAY IMPROVEMENTS......Page 126
43: SIDEWALK AND DRIVEWAY REPAIRS......Page 128
44: JUNKY CARS, BOATS, AND RVS......Page 130
45: COMBINING EXTERIOR IMPROVEMENTS......Page 131
Part Three INTERIOR IMPROVEMENTS......Page 135
46: OVERALL CLEANLINESS......Page 137
47: FLOORING......Page 140
48: DRYWALL REPAIRS......Page 143
49: PAINTING......Page 145
50: WALLPAPER......Page 148
51: CABINETS......Page 150
52: COUNTERTOPS......Page 152
53: TRIM AND MOLDING......Page 156
54: DOORS AND HARDWARE......Page 159
55: FURNISHINGS AND DECOR......Page 160
56: CEILINGS......Page 164
57: MIRRORS......Page 166
58: FIREPLACES......Page 168
59: WINDOW COVERINGS......Page 171
60: ODORS......Page 173
61: ATTIC AND WALL INSULATION......Page 176
62: FOYER AND ENTRYWAY......Page 179
63: STAIRWAY......Page 180
64: LIVING ROOM......Page 182
65: DINING ROOM......Page 184
66: KITCHEN......Page 185
67: APPLIANCES......Page 187
68: PANTRY......Page 189
69: FAMILY ROOM......Page 191
70: STUDY OR HOME OFFICE......Page 193
71: POWDER ROOM......Page 194
72: UTILITY ROOM......Page 196
73: BEDROOMS......Page 198
74: BATHROOMS......Page 199
75: CLOSETS......Page 201
76: BASEMENT......Page 203
77: ROOM ADDITIONS......Page 205
Part Four STRUCTURAL AND MECHANICAL IMPROVEMENTS......Page 209
78: SLAB FOUNDATIONS......Page 211
79: BASEMENT FOUNDATIONS......Page 214
80: FURNACES......Page 216
81: AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEMS......Page 219
82: THERMOSTATS......Page 221
83: HOT WATER HEATERS......Page 222
84: WATER AND SEWER LINES......Page 224
85: KITCHEN AND BATHROOM FAUCETS......Page 226
86: WHIRLPOOL TUBS......Page 227
87: SINKS......Page 229
88: LIGHTING......Page 231
89: WIRING AND BREAKERS......Page 234
90: SWITCHES AND OUTLETS......Page 235
Part Five PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER......Page 237
91: PRIMARY PRINCIPLES OF VALUATION......Page 239
92: SECONDARY PRINCIPLES OF VALUATION......Page 242
93: APPRAISAL METHODS......Page 243
94: APPRAISAL METHOD #1......Page 244
96: APPRAISAL METHOD #3......Page 246
97: CASE STUDY ANALYSIS—ASSUMPTIONS......Page 247
98: CASE STUDY ANALYSIS—ESTIMATES......Page 250
99: CASE STUDY ANALYSIS—COMPARABLE SALES......Page 251
100: CASE STUDY ANALYSIS—OUTPUT ANALYSIS......Page 252
101: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION......Page 255
Appendix SAMPLE SUBCONTRACTOR AGREEMENT......Page 257
Glossary......Page 261
Resources......Page 293
Index......Page 295

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