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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

5 Home Improvements That Don't Make Sense

I ran into an interesting real estate article entitled 5 Improvements That Don't Make Sense, a link to which is included below.  And my thoughts?
  1. Outdated finishes: Oh yeah...popcorn ceilings, foil wall paper, shag carpet (yep, it is still out there), bedrooms totally done up in the theme of an athletic team from thousands of miles from Tucson.  The list goes on and on.
  2. Awkward spaces: Yep...we see those all the time. Rooms with space borrowed from other rooms, awkward placement of built-in features, refrigerators not even in the kitchen but off in the utility room, laundry closets opening into the living room, etc etc.
  3. Conversions: In Tucson, this is definitely the porches converted to Arizona rooms.  While there are some outstanding ones out there, too often it is a simple enclosure done with no heat or A/C and the kitchen window now looking out into the Arizona room rather than the outdoors. And porches enclosed into "bedrooms" with no closets and awkward (through the kitchen?) access to bathrooms.
  4. Bad add-ons: See 3 above.  The awkward poorly non-permitted Tucson porch enclosures are everywhere, becoming bedrooms, offices and dens.  So so many bad ones...
  5. Expensive to maintain luxuries: Swimming pools are the national winner in this category but in Tucson, many buyers consider them to be required necessities. Fountains, fish ponds and grassy lawns top the list here in Tucson. Yes, lawns are an expensive and difficult proposition to water and maintain in Tucson. But the winner in this category that I have seen in Tucson was the house with an acre of landscaping that rivaled the Tohono Chul Park in its beauty.  My buyers loved the house but the thought and expense of trying to maintain that beautiful landscaping scared them off.  
So take a look at the full article and let me know your thoughts.

5 Improvements That Don't Make Sense from

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