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Love It or List It: Are You Ready for Some Home Improvements?


You are getting ready to sell your house and as you look around you start thinking maybe you could get top dollar if you just fixed things up a bit. Then you wonder what these home improvements might cost.

Or maybe you are looking to buy a home, and you notice some things need repair or upgrade or even replacement. What would those home improvements cost? Would it be worth it at the current asking price, or should I factor in the cost and offer an adjusted price?

What if you love the house but would like to remodel the bathroom? It would help to have a rough idea of what you might be getting into wouldn’t it? Well, here is a source where you can get average prices and a range of what people paid in your area. HomeAdvisor provides exactly that. Here is their graph with an average cost for a bathroom remodel of $8,372 in the Marietta zip code of 30062. There is typically a range from about $5000 to $12000 unless you go to the extremes. You can compare it to national averages or change the zip code as well.

Perhaps what you really want to do is upgrade the kitchen. What might that cost? Here is another graph showing an average of $19,813.


The neat thing about this information is that if you scroll down you will find more detail about some of the variations you might choose. For instance, granite counter tops would run about $3000 to $5000 for 100 square feet. Did you know Soapstone would run 2-3 times as much? Quartz may be the most expensive of all. They also provide the pros and cons of each choice – interesting stuff.

How about a new roof?


A lot of houses here in Atlanta, Georgia have huge and unfinished basements. Maybe that would create the perfect house for you – average cost $18,460.


Or how about a nice deck – average cost $6226. Naturally there could be a wide variety of styles and sizes so it helps to have a range of costs so you can estimate where your costs might fall on the continuum.


Some other typical projects you might entertain include painting, exterior or interior.


The way HomeAdvisor works is you describe your project and then they put it out for bids. Within minutes you get a list of at least three tradesman who are licensed, bonded and vetted that would be interested in your project. You can check out their reviews from previous customers to get the highest rated. Their numbers are listed so you can call them right away. I got a plumber out that same night one time and he fixed a problem that existed for 20 years in a house I was rehabing. The home owner had previously asked around for referrals and other plumbers had been there without fixing the problem.

I have used their services many times and have always been very pleased by the quality of their work and customer service. Once when I was doing house rehabs out in California, I ran across a house that had foundation issues and before I even made an offer on the house, I put out a project request. I called the companies specializing in that area and actually learned that they were able to pump a substance into the ground to raise a foundation. The material then solidified and stabilized the foundation. I didn’t buy the house because of other issues, but that information was invaluable to me – no charge. I should add that there is no charge to the customer for using this service – the tradespeople pay HomeAdvisor for the referral and still manage to keep their prices competitive.

Finally, there are many other services you can explore and if you have a mess, you can always call for maid services.



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