Increasing Property & Resale Value

  • Man Caves: Want or Need?

    6/10/2013 2:34 PM

    The term was first used in 1992 by home consultant Joanne Lovering in a guest column for the Toronto Star. Since then, man cave has been used....

  • Summer Storms Tough on Gutters

    8/3/2012 1:16 PM

    How have your gutters been holding up to the summer thunderstorms? When leaves, twigs and storm debris pile up on your roof and your gutters clog, the gutters are unable to effectively carry rainwater off your roof and away from your home. And heavy downpours can overflow poorly designed gutter systems.  

  • Replacement Projects and Resale Value

    2/13/2012 3:09 PM

    Are you considering a remodeling or replacement project? Homeowners often think about how a project will affect the future value of their home, and with good reason. Even if you don’t plan on selling your home in the near future, certain renovation or replacement projects can have a significant effect on the selling price.

  • Small Changes to Add to Resale Value

    4/19/2011 12:00 AM

      According to, a recent poll said that 52% of homeowners say they are focused on smaller projects that increase their enjoyment of their homes even if they don't increase its value. The problem is, those people are in danger of wasting money on projects that won't increase their pleasure after all. That's because the survey shows that people aren't always right about what will make them happy in their homes. Elizabeth Fenner, assistant managing editor for MONEY magazine, says, For instance, homeowners think that their outdoor space has a big impact on their happiness, but it turns out that's not true. Indoor spaces have much more impact - particularly the living room or family room, the kitchen, and bedrooms. The study shows that small changes could add resale value to your home, and make you happier. One suggestion that came from the study results is to upgrade your home's windows. Get double-paned windows to muffle sound, advises Eve Edelstein, a neurophysiologist and president of Innovative Design Science, a San Diego firm that uses clinical research to improve the design of buildings. A 2007 study by a consortium of European scientists shows that exposure to irregular sounds such as sirens when you're sleeping can cause hypertension. By replacing your old windows with double-pane vinyl replacement windows, you will definitely notice a decrease in the amount of outside noise entering your home. In addition, replacement windows like those from Thompson Creek increase your home's energy efficiency, which you'll notice right away on your energy bill. Thompson Creek windows have hidden hardware which conceals the working parts inside the window, giving you a clean look and allowing more daylight in.  

  • Which Remodeling Projects Recoup the Most

    3/15/2011 12:00 AM

      In her new book, Smart is the New Rich (Wiley Publishing, 2010), Christine Romans talks about home improvement projects and which ones make the most financial sense. Romans, a veteran CNN money correspondent, says that at the peak of the remodeling frenzy in 2005 a homeowner could recoup 80% of the cost of a state-of-the-art kitchen. But today the value a homeowner can get from a big renovation project is falling fast. Romans contends the post-bubble rule of thumb is that exterior remodeling, small, or strategic improvements give homeowners the best bang for their buck. She specifically cites door and window replacements as allowing homeowners to recoup more than 80% of the cost of the project. Romans says finishing a basement, attic bedroom or a new deck are other projects with higher returns. Home office remodels and sunroom additions add the least resale value to a home. Roman also says that new replacement windows in the mid-Atlantic and northeast deliver better return on investment than in the south. She sums up which remodeling projects make the most sense: In general, remember, in a tough housing market the renovations that make the most sense are the improvements that add curb appeal. To increase your home's curb appeal while helping maximize your investment, consider Thompson Creek Window Company. Thompson Creek windows, siding, doors, and rain gutters all increase your home value as well as energy efficiency. Thompson Creek windows qualify for the new 2011 energy tax credit. Our gutter system is guaranteed never to clog or pull away from your home. Our vinyl siding will insulate your home and block up to 45% more noise than regular siding. You will increase the curb appeal of your home with a new entry door, sliding glass door, or French doors.  

  • Replacement Windows Add Resale Value

    11/5/2010 12:00 AM

    Almost without exception, replacement windows, will add value to your property. This happens in two ways.  First, when it's time to sell your home, the new buyer will negotiate your asking price downward when they factor in the cost of replacing old windows.  Second, studies show that the two most important items on a new homebuyer's list are energy efficiency and less exterior maintenance.  New windows will improve the energy efficiency of your home, and give you a maintenance-free solution.