Are Home Improvement Projects Worth the Cost and Time?

WASHINGTON (October 3, 2019) – Homeowners who decide to undergo a home improvement project, whether it be interior or exterior modifications, often find that the task was worth the investment and time, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors®, with insights from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

The 2019 Remodeling Impact Report, an examination of 20 projects, surveyed Realtors®, consumers who have taken on home renovation projects and members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

The report examines a variety of remodeling projects, using responses to rank the appeal of a given project, rank the value of the project in terms of resale and determine its overall functionality. The findings also reveal the reasons for remodeling, the success of taking on the various projects and the increased happiness reported in the home upon completion of the job.

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Turn Your Bedroom into a Lux Bedroom

For most of us, our bedroom is little more than a place to sleep and relax. However, just because it’s always been that way doesn’t mean that we have to settle for drab and dreary.

One trend that’s gaining steam these days is converting your current bedroom into a luxury suite (or something comparable). If you want to live like you’re renting a room at the Ritz, then you want to follow these tips.

Compartmentalize Your Activities

Making your bedroom more functional is going to make it more luxurious. Add a gorgeous desk for working and a TV area for entertainment, and you’ll be living it up in no time.

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Free Issue of American Lifestyle Magazine

American Lifestyle is a celebration of the flavor and flair of life in the United States, which takes the reader on a journey of the nation’s sights, sounds, smells, and tastes. This 48-page publication features articles on interior design, travel, technology, restaurants, and culture. Entertaining writing coupled with gorgeous photography makes this magazine a must read. I am excited to offer a limited number of free copies with no obligation. As a matter of fact, if you like your first free issue I can send it to you every other month, absolutely free and with no obligation – my gift to you! Please contact me if you would like to receive a copy now!

Everything you wanted to know about Home Remodeling Permits in Iredell County

Courtesy of the Iredell County Building Standards Division, here are the facts you need to know about remodeling, repair work and construction work for residential property in the county:

1. When is a permit required?
Appropriate permits are required for any building construction, alteration, or repair involving new or changed uses of property (other than ordinary repairs). Separate permits are required for building, electrical, heating, air conditioning and plumbing work.

Exception: Permits shall not be required for any work costing $5,000 or less on 1 and 2 family dwellings, unless the work involves: the addition, repair, or replacement of load bearing structures; the addition or change in the design of a plumbing system; the addition, replacement or change in the design of a heating or air conditioning system; the addition, replacement or change in the design of an electrical system; and the use of materials not permitted by the code.

2. How much does a permit cost?
Permit fees are usually calculated based on the occupancy and gross square footage area of a building. There are separate calculations used for new construction and renovations or upfits. There are also separate fee structures for Commercial buildings and 1 and 2 Family buildings.

For additional information on how the permit fees are calculated, please view the Fee Schedule (PDF)

3. When does a permit expire?

Permits expire 6 months, or 180 days after issue date if no work has commenced. Permits also expire when work has started but has been discontinued for 12 months, or 365 days from the last inspection date.

4. How is my work inspected?
Inspectors will check to make sure that work is done according to code. Contractors or homeowners doing their own work must call the department’s automated interactive voice response (IVR) system at 704-878-3113 to arrange for each inspection.

This system can be used to request inspections, obtain inspection results, cancel an inspection or check the status of a certificate of occupancy. To request inspections, verify or cancel inspections or to get inspection results you may use our online options.

5. Do I need to have my building plans reviewed?
All commercial building projects must be submitted for plan review before permits can be issued. Plans for 1 and 2 family dwelling are not generally required to be submitted for plans review, however a complete set of plans are required to be kept on the job site for the inspector’s use during the project.

Need more info? Visit the Iredell County Building and Standards Division website at: http://www.co.iredell.nc.us/234/Building-Standards-Division

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Richard Slifkin, Broker/Realtor® Highgarden Real Estate Cell: 704-658-5352 Email: RSlifkin@highgarden.com

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3 Quick Tips for Great Paint Results

Painting is one of the most inexpensive ways to give your home a makeover. Whether it’s updating an old bathroom paint scheme or adding a bold accent wall, painting can totally transform a room. However, painting can be a big hassle and come with tons of prep work and clean up. Here are a few tips to make your painting experience more enjoyable and lead to a more professional finish. Prep beyond tape and drop cloths A drop cloth will protect your floors, but a thick and durable drop cloth is also a little clumsy to maneuver. For smaller, awkward items that are in danger of paint splatter, use plastic wrap. It’ll make it much less frustrating to protect a toilet or bathroom sink. Be ready for spills and splatters At the very least, a few drops of paint are going to end up where you don’t want them. Have a rag and some Q-Tips ready for the inevitable paint splatter, so that you can quickly wipe them off before they dry and set on your frames, countertops, or hardwood floor. Use heat to remove tape Patience is key when removing painter’s tape, but it can still tear and leave splotchy edges no matter how careful you are. Hold a heat gun or hair dryer a few inches away from the tape as you remove it little by little. The heat will break down the adhesive and make removing the tape a much less frustrating task. Have any painting or decorating tips you would like to share? Leave them in the comments below!
Richard Slifkin, Broker/Realtor® Highgarden Real Estate Cell: 704-658-5352 Email: RSlifkin@highgarden.com Real Estate Website: RichardIsMyAgent.com Facebook: @RichardSlifkinRealtor YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/… Twitter: @RealtorRS Serving the Lake Norman and Charlotte, NC Area, including: China Grove, Concord, Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, Huntersville, Landis, Kannapolis, Mooresville, Salisbury, Sherrills Ford and Troutman.