Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Top Projects for Your Deep Creek Lake Home

Whether you live in your Deep Creek Lake home year round or enjoy it as a vacation getaway throughout the year, you may be considering doing some upgrades to your home in the coming year.  It could be that you’re hoping to sell your home in the near future and want it to stand out from the competition in the current buyers market, or you simply want to make your Deep Creek Lake home even more enjoyable for you and your loved ones.
Whatever your reasons for wanting to make upgrades, we know there’s plenty of information out there as to which projects have the greatest return on investment.  As experienced Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, we wanted to create that “top project” list that will point you in the right direction!  We know that getting your home ready to sell can be stressful, and we hope these tips will help.  Take a look!
Top Energy Efficient Project: Add Insulation
- Adding proper insulation will not only add value to your home, but will save you money. This energy efficient project will reduce up to 30% of heating and cooling costs. Those looking to buy a Deep Creek Lake home will be searching for homes that are more eco-friendly and adding insulation or even replacing old windows with new energy efficient ones will appeal to buyers.
Top Budget Friendly Project: Clean and Conquer Clutter
- The best way to update your home is to remove any excess furniture or knickknacks that don’t serve a purpose. Not only will this make your Deep Creek Lake home appear larger, but it will give your home a more updated feel. This cost effective project is a great one to do during winter months when you’d prefer to stay indoors. If you’re planning on selling your home, buyers will appreciate this clean and updated look as they’ll be able to better envision their belonging in your home.
Top Kitchen Project: Upgrade Appliances
- Kitchens are one of the top places that people will want to see upgrades and where you will get the most return on investment. The top kitchen project is to upgrade your appliances. Of course stainless steel appliances are today’s standard, so if you haven’t upgraded yet, now would be a great time to do so. Another upgrade that’s possible for those who already have stainless steel appliances are energy efficient options. Switching to these “green” appliances will cut down on your energy bill and will be better for the environment as well.
Top Bathroom Project: Refresh Fixtures
- Bathrooms are another space where many will want to see upgrades. An easy way to refresh bathrooms is to change out the fixtures. From lighting to the vanity or even just the cabinetry hardware; there are many cost effective updates that can be made in a bathroom.
The Top Storage and Organization Project: Maximize Storage Space
- Give yourself more space instantly by organizing your closets and cabinets. Clean out things you no longer use and consider investing in a closet or pantry organizer. This will immediately give the appearance of extra room as well as being easier to maintain.
Top Landscaping Project: Tidy Your Lawn
- Curb appeal speaks volumes for how you care for your Deep Creek Lake home overall. A lawn that is well manicured and aesthetically pleasing will appeal to most no matter what the size. Deep Creek Lake buyers will want to know they can simply maintain the lawn you’ve cared for rather than having to put in a lot of time and money for updates. Even in the middle of winter, having a path shoveled and winter greenery on your porch can create a welcoming first impression. 
Top Outdoor Living Project: Add Outdoor Living
- This is a project that will have to wait until Deep Creek Lake welcomes back warmer weather, but adding outdoor living space is like adding square footage onto your home. Imagine lounging in a new outdoor living space and hosting outdoor dinner parties this summer. Whether you’re going to be living or vacationing in your Deep Creek Lake home for the next twenty years or will begin the home selling process soon, this update will add value and character to your home.
Top Big Ticket Project: Finish the Basement
- Finishing your basement, while a seemingly large project, is much less expensive that adding an additional room onto your home. You’ll want to be sure to have a professional inspect your basement for its moisture level before you begin. Adding carpeting or a fresh coat of paint may be all your basement needs to gain a finished appearance. This additional living space may be just the thing for which buyers are searching.
You may not be able to take on all of these projects, but picking out a few key ones can be just the thing needed to get your home sold or create your dream home on Deep Creek Lake that you can enjoy for years to come!
As always, we’re here to help in any way we can!  If you are hoping to sell your Deep Creek Lake home this year and aren’t quite sure where to start, feel free to contact us today!  We’ll answer your questions and can guide you along the home selling process.
We look forward to hearing from you regarding your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate needs! 

Patrick Kane
Sales Manager/Co-Owner
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty
Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Expert

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