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What Are the Best Home Improvement Projects for a Better Return on Your Investment

by Arelys Alexander

A luxury custom home that was ideal when you first bought it, may lose its charm when trends have lost their time in the spotlight or the years have passed and your home doesn’t look as new as when your custom home builder handed the keys over to you.  If your home has lost its sparkle, you may consider contacting your Southwest Florida real estate agent and designing a brand new custom home, or you can renovate your existing home, fall in love with it again, and increase its value at the same time.

A residential property that has been refreshed and renewed with the right strategy can not only convince you to stay, it can also add to your bottom line just in case you decide that you want to place a For Sale sign in your yard (or, more than likely, on the internet) after all.  Here are the top remodeling projects you can request to revamp your home and get a better return on your investment in the future:

Kitchen Remodel

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The kitchen is the heart of the home, allowing a central location to prep and cook meals, spend some quality time with your family, and entertain guests as the kitchen is typically found next to the main living area and provides easy access for stress-free entertaining.  If your kitchen is a little drab, consider adding a clean, contemporary style with mixed colors and styles to brighten the room.  You can also add or expand your kitchen island to create additional storage and counter space, provide additional seating for guests when you are hosting a large group, and allow an informal location for children and grandchildren to eat snacks, draw/color, etc. when you are prepping meals.  Adding or refreshing your custom cabinets and countertops and updating your stainless steel appliances are also great extras for your kitchen remodel.  If your kitchen is too small, consider enlarging it and making it the luxury kitchen of your dreams.

Make It a Smart Home

We can create an entire article on the benefits of smart homes, and we did, but the bottomline for this dramatic home remodel idea is that it will increase the value and convenience of your luxury custom home.  Home automation is allowing our devices and appliances to send data over our Wi-Fi network so we can control all aspects of our home either through a wall-mounted user interface, a mobile phone app, a tablet, or a website.  It  makes our lives easier, by having a thermostat that knows you want the temperature in your home to be a little warmer when you’re at work and a little cooler when you come home, or a doorbell that allows you to see and speak to someone at your door even when you are not home.  It’s not having to get up from your couch to dim the lights or programming your lights so you can turn them off and on at pre-determined times, or at will, when you are on vacation.  It’s also having smart appliances that can send you a picture of the inside of your refrigerator so you can see if you’ve run out of milk, a smart pantry that can tell you what food products are about to expire, or a hands-free device that can play music, control other smart home devices, read the news, set your alarms, play music, and even order items from Amazon.  

If you’re more concerned with protection that convenience, smart home security allows you to keep surveillance of your home through the internet, which means you can view the camera feeds of your security system through a protected website.  A smart home security system goes beyond door, window, and motion sensors to include being able to monitor door locks, garage door openers, lights, smoke/CO detectors, water sensors, and much more, all through a website or smart phone app, making it an ideal system if you spend a significant time away from your home.

Increase Efficiency

Summers in Southwest Florida and beyond are no laughing matter, and making sure your home is energy efficient can make quite a difference.  If your home hasn’t seen some adequate maintenance in some years, consider replacing or upgrading the insulation in your attic, resealing the windows and doors, and upgrading your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.  Lighting can also make a big difference in efficiency.  Traditional incandescent bulbs are inefficient, in that 90 percent of the energy given off is heat and that lost energy is lost money as well.  Switch lighting to the newer energy-saving lightbulbs, like halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).  These lightbulbs are more expensive upfront, but can save you a lot of money during their lifetime because they use less energy.

Spruce Up Your Outdoors

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A great landscaping design and a beautiful outdoor living space can dramatically boost the return on your investment.  According to a recent survey, 51% of home buyers find an outdoor living space the most attractive quality when searching for their perfect home.  If you live in Southwest Florida, you know how much time we spend outside, enjoying our glorious weather.  That means that people searching for their perfect home among our Southwest Florida real estate will be looking for a great outdoor space that will invite them to make an offer.  

Landscaping is also an instant eye-catcher, and nothing says beautiful Florida weather like flowering plants and an inspiring color scheme.  Complement the flowers and plants with a deck expansion and you’ve just created a gorgeous oasis that will encourage just about anyone to make your house their home.

Homeowners ready to enhance their living space, spruce up their luxury custom home, or just prepare it for a bigger profit once it sells can rely on London Bay Renovation to do just that.  Our team adheres to the core values set forth by the company as a whole and stand by the company’s brand promise of ensuring that clients experience an enjoyable building process through quality, attention to detail, and communication throughout the entire project.  Utilizing our signature Private Label Living process, our team carefully determines the full scope of each project, providing innovative space planning and utilizing our unique, design-led process to ensure that each homeowner’s individual lifestyle is blended with the latest design and technology trends available.  Our luxury home renovation and design services include:

  • Complete interior, exterior and landscape/hardscape makeovers
  • Luxury high-rise build-outs – both new and existing
  • Residential additions – whole house and room expansions, guest bedrooms and suites and second floor additions
  • Full kitchen and bath remodels
  • Exterior living environments – pool/spa additions or redesign, water features, summer kitchens, fireplaces, fire pits and new landscape and hardscape packages
  • Exterior architecture, finishes and outdoor living spaces
  • Optimum floor plan design and space planning
  • Furniture, art and accessory selection, procurement and placement
  • Window treatments and wall coverings
  • Decorative and specialty lighting design

London Bay Renovation can take care of your remodeling in Naples FL, Fort Myers FL, Marco Island FL, Estero FL, Sarasota FL, and many other areas in Southwest Florida.  Contact us to learn more about our renovation and remodeling services.

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