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Top 3 Upgrades to Increase Your Home Value

Part I: Space...The First Frontier

As you plan your next renovation project, it’s more critical than ever to know what upgrades increase home value. The world looks a lot different than it did a couple of years ago. Our homes have been at the center of massive change and re-evaluation.

Home offices and outdoor spaces, for example, are now extremely coveted features. Our newest list of home improvements that add value takes these recent trends into account and incorporates specific product suggestions, updated for 2023.

If you haven’t noticed, real estate values in our area performed amazingly well during the pandemic — your home gained a lot of equity in the last two years. If you are thinking about selling your home, consider the following ideas. Then, set up a ‘Game Plan’ call with us to learn which home improvements will maximize the equity in your home. 

Upgrades that add physical square footage or make the home feel more spacious top our list!

A recent survey of real estate agents found that the need for more space was the top reason why people move, with 44% of respondents citing this as a motivating factor. Additionally, 31% of respondents said that they wanted more private outdoor space.

1: Convert or build a home office

A home office is a great way to maximize your space and create a dedicated workspace for yourself. Whether you’re working from home full-time or just need a quiet place to get some work done, a home office can be a lifesaver.

There are many ways to create a home office, depending on your needs and budget. If you have a spare room, you can easily convert it into an office by adding a desk, chair, and other essentials. If you don’t have a spare room, you can also convert a closet or even a corner of your bedroom into an office.

No matter how you choose to create your home office, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind. First, make sure the space is quiet and has enough natural light. You’ll also want to make sure the space is comfortable and functional, with plenty of storage space for your files and supplies.

2: Finish your basement

Finishing your basement can be a great way to add value to your home and create additional living space. Whether you want to use it as a home office, playroom, bedroom, or storage space, finishing your basement can be an affordable and easy way to attract more buyers. 

Finishing your basement has other benefits. It can add up to 75% of its value to your home price. It can also make your home more energy-efficient by insulating the walls and floors.

Lastly, a finished basement provides a comfortable and inviting space to relax, entertain, or work.

3: Open up the floor plan

Open floor plans are very popular right now, and for good reason. They make your home feel larger and more spacious, and they improve air circulation and natural light.

One way to create an open floor plan is to open up the space between the kitchen and dining room. This will create a unified cooking and dining experience, and it will make your home feel more inviting. You can also open up the space between the living room and family room for a great room effect. This will create a space where your family can gather and relax together.

If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace, consider keeping it in the center of the open space. This will add a focal point to your home and make it feel more cozy and inviting.

I know that making changes to your home can be a lot of work, but I believe that these changes will be worth it in the end. By creating an open floor plan, you will make your home more appealing to buyers and increase your chances of selling it quickly and for top dollar.

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Caroline Dinsmore: One of Tomorrow’s Top Ten Visionaries for Real Estate

Caroline Dinsmore's Top-Notch Real Estate Success Driven by Her Unwavering Tenacity

Caroline Wheaton Dinsmore, founder of The Caroline Dinsmore Group | Engel & Völkers, has been recognized as one of the Top Ten Visionaries of Tomorrow for Real Estate by The Herald Scotland via Yahoo! News UK. With a track record of consistent success, Caroline has become a leading figure in the real estate industry, both on the San Francisco Peninsula and nationally.

 Since 2013, Caroline and her team have ranked as one of the top-performing real estate teams in the nation, according to RealTrends. In 2021, Caroline was honored as one of the Top 25 Realtors in the Bay Area by The San Francisco Business Times, based on her impressive sales volume. Additionally, Caroline was recognized as one of The Leading 100 Realtors by Luxe SF, which includes all agents from Carmel Valley through the Wine Country.

 Caroline’s success in the industry can be attributed to her visionary approach to real estate. She has a deep understanding of market trends and is always ahead of the curve in identifying opportunities. Caroline is committed to delivering exceptional service to her clients and building long-lasting relationships, which has led to a high level of repeat business and referrals.

 As a visionary, Caroline is always exploring new technologies and strategies to enhance her business and stay ahead of the competition. She understands the importance of staying up-to-date with the latest trends and tools, and is always eager to learn and adapt.

 Caroline’s vision extends beyond her business, as she is also deeply committed to giving back to the community. She has been actively involved in various charitable organizations and causes, including the Ronald McDonald House and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

 In conclusion, Caroline Dinsmore’s recognition as one of Tomorrow’s Top Ten Visionaries for Real Estate is well-deserved. Her visionary approach, commitment to excellence, and dedication to her clients and community have set her apart as a leader in the industry. As Caroline continues to shape the future of real estate, we can expect to see her name at the forefront of the industry for years to come.

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