Evansville Real Estate

Ask The Expert - January 30, 2018

Real Estate Agent Carol McClintock with F.C. Tucker Emge Realtors joins Channel 14 WFIE's Midday with Mike host Mike Blake to discuss the 7 Small Home Flaws That Can Be Big Deals for Buyers. Carol is the leading real estate agent in Southwestern Indiana.

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5 Doable DIY Projects To Send Your Home Equity Soaring

A new front door has the highest ROI, not to mention the boost in curb appeal. You’re going to save money with DIY home improvement projects. Sure, everybody knows that.

But did you know how much? Cut professionals out of the equation and you can save half the cost of a project — or more.

What’s more, you get a great return on your investment. Meaning, the financial value you get out of a DIY project is much more than what you put in.

Here’s a rundown of some top money-saving projects, using cost and recovered costs data from the “Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

#1 NEW STEEL FRONT DOOR
Few replacement projects have as much upside as a new steel entry door. Not only will you recover about 75% of the cost of having an entry door professionally installed, but you’ll spruce up your curb appeal big time. Want proof? Ninety-six percent of homeowners responding to the “Remodeling Impact Report” say they are happy or satisfied with their new front door.

Of course, you’ll save even more if you tackle this project yourself. Know your door parts (jambs, threshold, stops) before digging in. You’ll be putting in a pre-hung door that includes jambs, so the old stuff has to come out. If you can, preserve the old casing (trim) that goes around the door. Otherwise, plan to buy new casing.

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Organize Your Home by Feb. 1 in Less Than an Hour a Day

The tip about coffee mugs? We’ve all been there. But “get organized”? It’s a goal so broad that just trying to figure out what action to take makes you wonder what you were thinking in the first place. It’s like you need an organizing plan for your organizing.

Ta da! Here it is. Follow these steps, spending less than an hour day (sometimes just a few moments), to a better organized home:

1. Do That Project

“What about your space is making you feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed?” asks Amy Trager, a professional organizer in Chicago. Is it the paperwork disaster in your office? The pile of clothes teetering on your dresser? Or that mess that surrounds your doorway? Start with what’s annoying you, she says. One hour on that task will get your organizing engine revving.

2. Create a "Go Away" Box

Put anything you’re planning to donate in it (or give to a friend, or take to recycle). And keep it by the door so you can easily grab it when you’re leaving.

3. Deal With the Decorations

Hallelujah — the holidays are over! When you’re putting away your décor, donate anything you didn’t bring out last season, and separate decorations by holiday. No need to dig through your St. Patty’s clovers when you’re searching for a menorah.

4. Create a System for Your Entryway

Set up a “command center” so your front door doesn’t become a lawless accessories arena, especially...

Ask The Expert Segment - New Year, New Home

F.C. Tucker Emge REALTORS Agent, Carol McClintock discusses how to freshen up your home in the new year during her segment entitled "New Year, New Home." Learn some tips and tricks on organizing and decluttering. Team McClintock is featured on WFIE Channel 14's Ask the the Expert Real Estate Segment during Midday with Mike and recently won several awards at the Indiana State level for top producing realtors. Call Team McClintock today!

Whether you are moving across town or across the country, Carol has the experience and track record to ensure a smooth, worry free transition. Carol is featured as WFIE’s Ask the Expert, answering all of the Tri-State’s real estate questions!

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