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The location of the homes you’re looking at in your search is key. You probably have at least a couple of cities and towns narrowed down, but do you know specifics? Is there a particular neighborhood that you would prefer to live in? The street that you choose to live on will also have a lot to do with the way that you conduct your life. If you live on the main road, for example, you’ll face a lot of noise and traffic. If you have kids, that may not be the ideal situation. There’s many reasons that living on a dead end street is the ideal situation. Be on the lookout for homes on cul-de-sacs and dead end streets in your home search. Read on to see the many advantages of living on a street that’s not a throughway.
The Traffic Is Significantly Less
There are very few cars that head down a street that’s not a throughway. No one will be using your street as a shortcut. This makes it much safer for children to play outside and it reduces noise in the neighborhood.
There’s A Sense Of Security
Since there isn’t a lot of traffic on a dead-end street, it‘s easy to identify strange cars that are lurking around. The people in your neighborhood will all be more alert to any kind of unusual activity on the street. This allows for a more secure feeling in your own backyard.
A Dead End Street Is A Great Place To Raise Kids
Your kids will have a bit more freedom to play and be kids when you live on a dead end street. There’s less traffic to worry about while the kids play, yet you have a great opportunity to teach your kids about traffic safety rules and how to act around strangers. Your children will also become close with other children in the neighborhood. The adults who live in your neighborhood will become acquainted with your children as well. You’ll definitely appreciate a tight-knit community if you have kids.
Your Property Value Will Stay High
It’s hard to say that a home on a dead end street will decrease in value. With a strong community sense and safety perks, these homes will be in demand. When you do decide to sell your home, you’re sure to get a good return on your property investment if you choose a home on a dead end street.
If you’ve been thinking about adding an outdoor kitchen to your luxury home, it is a good time to start planning. Outdoor kitchens offer a great place to prepare and enjoy meals outdoors when the weather is pleasant. You’ll find that there are many options and features available to build out the perfect space for you. While you’re working on designing yours, keep the following 2020 outdoor kitchen trends in mind.
Multiple Cooking Options
An outdoor kitchen isn’t just a place for you to fire up the charcoal you can create a space that allows you to prepare an entire meal outside. This means introducing more than one cooking option into your space. Once you've settled on a grilling surface and fuel source, select a stovetop burner and a traditional or specialty pizza oven to complement your setup.
Cabinets and Cupboards
Having to go in and out of your home to retrieve dishes, pots and other items for cooking and eating can be an inconvenience. Including high-quality cabinets or cupboards in your outdoor kitchen means you’ll have everything you need within easy reach. This year’s trends include stainless steel cabinets and cupboards. These provide your outdoor kitchen with a sleek, modern appearance while also offering a place for storing everything you'll need.
Kitchen islands are usually thought of as an indoor feature, but they’re making their way to outdoor kitchens as well. Putting an island in your outdoor kitchen provides extra prep surfaces and also acts as a place for you and your family or guests to socialize. Depending on the design of your kitchen island, you may also use it as a primary outdoor dining area or extra dining space if needed.
More Refrigerator Options
Refrigerators are convenient to have as part of an outdoor kitchen, because you can keep ingredients and beverages readily available. Instead of having a standard refrigerator as you may choose for an interior, consider some more specialized options that are growing in popularity. More luxury homeowners are choosing to add an outdoor refrigerator that include ice makes or specialized models that specifically accommodate beverages. Drawer-style units instead of single-door models are more energy-efficient than single-door refrigerators, and they make it easier to keep fridge items organized.
If you’ll be preparing to sell your luxury home or buy a new one in the near future, contact us today.
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Did you know buyers are willing to pay nearly 3.5 percent more for a home that features green or high-performance features? And while that may not sound like a lot, it factors out to be a whopping $8,750 for every $250,000. The key to getting the most for your green upgrades, however, lies in knowing exactly which ones tilt the scale in your favor. Here's a list of best green improvements homeowners should make this year to get the most ROI:
1. Replace Your Front Door
The reasons for replacing a dated and drafty front door are many:
- It improves your home's energy efficiency.
- It improves your home's security.
- It increases your home's curb appeal.
As far as green upgrades go, a new, Energy-Star Certified door can shave up to 10 percent off your utility bill. And if you opt for steel door replacement, you may see as much as a 101-percent ROI when it comes time to sell.
2. Replace Your Garage Door
Replacing your existing garage door with a new garage door can earn you an ROI of up to 97.5 percent, says HomeAdvisor. Opt for one that's energy efficient and features double-layer doors with extra insulation to get the best return on your investment.
3. Upgrade Your Windows
Energy-efficient replacement windows can net you an ROI of between 77 and 79 percent. And you'll get bonus points for using real wood. Window replacement has all the same benefits of door replacement -- keeping your family cozy and comfortable while lowering the costs of heating and cooling your home. Oh, and they look nice to prospective buyers, too.
4. Replace Your Roof
If your roof functions well or is relatively new, replacing it won't help your ROI. But if you've spotted the telltale signs of roof failure, such as missing shingles or water stains on your interior ceiling, you'll want to replace that before listing your home for sale. Roof replacement that's both efficient and aesthetic carries an ROI of up to 80 percent. And while your contractor is up there, opt for a roofing material that's going to increase your home's energy efficiency, such as cool metal. Metal reflects the rays of the sun instead of absorbing them, and can increase your home's energy efficiency by leaps and bounds.
If you're thinking of selling your home in the near future, consider boosting its efficiency before the day. You'll be able to list at a higher price point, and you'll be able to choose from a bigger pool of buyers than comparable homeowners in the area who haven't made the effort.