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Thinking Of Remodeling? Read This First!

by Sherrie Toth
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Will Your Remodel Pay Off? The Best (and Worst) Ways to Spend Your Budget

Whether you’re planning a minor update or a major remodel, it’s wise to consider how the money you invest will impact your home’s value.

We’ve taken a look at six popular home renovations and identified those that—on average—offer the best and worst returns on investment. So before you lift a hammer or hire a contractor, take a look at this list and see if your remodeling efforts will reward you when it comes time to sell.

 

 

RENOVATIONS THAT PAY OFF

These three common home improvement projects not only add function and style to your home, but they also offer a strong return on investment.

Minor Kitchen Remodel 

A minor kitchen remodel is one of the top investments you can make in your home. The key is to keep it modest in scale. Make an effort to keep your existing layout and paint or reface cabinets instead of replacing them. Update countertops with low-maintenance quartz and swap out old appliances for energy-efficient models. The average cost for a minor kitchen remodel is $22,500, and it’s likely to recoup more than 80% at resale. 

Wood Deck Addition 

A deck addition is a popular way to extend and enhance the use of your outdoor space. It’s the perfect spot for grilling, dining alfresco, and entertaining. In fact, 81% of surveyed homeowners said they have a greater desire to be home since completing a deck addition.For a 16 x 20-foot wood deck, you can expect to spend around $13,000. Fortunately, the money you invest offers an average return of 76%. 

Siding Replacement 

Everyone knows good curb appeal is important when selling your home. And while it may not be the most exciting way to spend your remodeling budget, new siding can make a big impression on buyers … and your selling price. Replacing 1,250 square feet of siding costs around $16,000 and will net you an average of 76% at resale. For an even greater impact, consider replacing a portion of your siding with manufactured stone veneer. A 300 square foot area will run you around $8,900, but you can expect to see a nearly 95% return when it comes time to sell. 

RENOVATIONS WITH WEAK RETURNS

These three popular remodeling projects are homeowner favorites. But don’t expect to see a high rate of return when it comes time to sell. Instead, consider them an investment in your current quality of life.

Major Kitchen Remodel 

For a major kitchen remodel, expect to spend between $66,000 (mid-range) and $130,000 (upscale). Unfortunately, you’ll only get back around 60% at resale. Of course, an outdated or non-functional kitchen could turn buyers off from your home completely … and keep you from enjoying it yourself! So if your kitchen needs a major remodel, choose carefully where to splurge and where to save.

In-ground Pool 

The average expense to install a standard 18 x 36-foot in-ground pool is $57,500, but the estimated return is only 43%. In addition to the installation cost, plan to spend money each year on maintenance, repairs, and insurance. However, 92% of surveyed homeowners said they “have a greater desire to be home” since installing a pool, and 83% have “an increased sense of enjoyment when they are at home.” For you and your family, the perks of a pool may be worth the price.

Master Suite Addition 

Master suite additions have become increasingly popular—both in homes that lack one as well as those with aging owners who can no longer accommodate stairs to an upper-level bedroom. But what’s the typical return at resale? With a median cost of $125,000, most sellers will only recoup around 52% of their investment. Nevertheless, in a survey of homeowners, the majority were satisfied with their decision to add a master suite, giving it a “Joy Score” of 10 out of 10.4

 

Analysis of Your Project

We’ve been talking averages. But the truth is, the actual return you can expect will vary depending on your particular home. If you have plans to remodel, call us or send us the details. We’d be happy to conduct a free analysis to determine how the renovations will impact the value of your home!

Joe & Sherrie Toth

740-390-0735

Email us: [email protected]

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934 Kingsway Circle - 3D WALK THROUGH

by Sherrie Toth

Virtually walk though this beautiful custom Farm house type home!

934 Kingsway Circle

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Video tour of 934 Kingsway Circle - Apple Valley Lake Ohio!

by Sherrie Toth

 Introducing 934 Kingsway Circle at Apple Valley Lake

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Apple Valley Lake, Ohio Amenities

by Sherrie Toth

Welcome to Apple Valley Lake!!

Take a quick tour around the lake and enjoy!

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Contact our team for a "real" tour of the amenities and homes! 

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Why Lake Living? Lets "Dive In" !!

by Sherrie Toth

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If you’ve never experienced the Lake LIving Lifestyle, then make this the year that you take that dive!  There are several reasons why living at the lake is one of the best decisions you will make-- especially if it’s Apple Valley Lake. Feel free to comment at the end of this post if you have any additional benefits to living at the lake!

Living at the lake never leaves you bored.   Even during the long, somber winter months.  There are always activities in which to participate. At any time, check out the Cider Press for ideas. You should always have something to do or someone with whom to connect.

 

Living at the lake is relaxing. Let’s face it; life is stressful.  We are juggling jobs and sports and bills and kids and whatever else it is that we juggle.  What a better way to relax and ease your mind than to sit in a chair on a dock or at a beach and take in the sights and sounds of the lake?  Just closing your eyes and feeling the breeze on your face, the warm sun, the sounds of the waves against the dock and the chirping of birds.  Ahhhh. So refreshing!

 

Living at the Lake allows you more privacy. Unlike the more urban/ suburban developments, Lake Living makes it possible for you to live in more seclusion.  Sure, you have neighbors, but they’re not all in your business. Unless, of course, you want them to be.

 

 

Traffic moves slower.  Let’s be honest. No one really enjoys cars and other motor vehicles racing up and down the streets; especially if you have children or pets.  It’s noisy, annoying and poses a real safety concern.  Here at Apple Valley, as a community, we had the speed limit lowered to 25 miles per hour.  This really helped us feel that much safer.

 

Living at the lake allows you to be the spot where everyone wants to go!  The spring and summer months bring many reasons to celebrate.  Anything from birthdays, to Memorial Day to the Fourth of July, there is basically a time and purpose for spending time with family and friends at the lake.  Dust off that barbecue and get the towels ready,  because living at the lake is a lifelong celebration.


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What are some of YOUR favorite reasons to live at the lake?  Feel free to add in the comments below.  

 

140 Green Valley Dr - 3D Walk through

by Sherrie Toth

3D walk though-140 Green Valley Dr- Apple Valley Lake, Ohio

Apple Valley Lake Ohio - Lake view Home   - Click picture below, then click FULL SCREEN in bottom right corner. 

Embracing Winter, Beat The Blues

by Sherrie Toth

Embracing Winter, Beat The Blues

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The holidays are over.  The days are shorter. Our boats are wrapped in “Saran wrap” and the Lake Living Lifestyle we know and love is only a memory.  And while we’ve had a rather mild winter, it seems that Spring and Summer aren’t even in our line of sight yet.  Coming to the realization that we are in the dead of winter can bring about some undesirable effects such as:

 

  • Fatigue

  • Boredom

  • Weight Gain

  • Excessive sleep

  • Not enough sleep

  • Loss of interest in being around people

  • Loss of interest in activities that would normally be interesting

If you can identify with the majority of the items on this list, don’t reach for the phone and call your doctor just yet; you’re not alone.

While all of the aforementioned items are associated with depression, they too, are clear signs of what is referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) or the winter blues.  S.A.D. affects about 10-20% of Americans-- the majority of the affected being from the more northern regions of the United States.  Although the symptoms are less than pleasurable, they tend to dissipate once the Spring and Summer months arrive.


How does this happen?  

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It is suggested that because our days are shorter, we have less exposure to sunlight; this has been linked by scientists as causing a biochemical imbalance in the brain.  For whatever reason, (one that is being studied currently) our brains are very sensitive to bright light--specifically sunlight.  When we have less of it (as in the winter months) it can have adverse effects.  Even digging deeper, the less light we are exposed to, our brain waves change.  The more they change, the less likely we are to enter into deep sleep at  night- which we all know--can cause major cranky days.

How do I treat this?

  1. Phototherapy- Phototherapy or light treatment is the use of extremely bright lights to treat those with mild depression.  This particular treatment comes in the form of boxes which are prescribed for a set amount of time and/or a certain time of day.  Possible side effects include headaches and eyestrain.

  2. Tanning- You've probably heard that regular tanning has been prescribed in the past to treat depression in the winter months.  This should only be a treatment if it’s something YOU want to do.  Tanning beds haven’t been proven to provide the right type of light-replacement to our bodies and they pose a cancer risk.  An alternative, doctors suggest, is vitamin D supplements.

  3. Vitamin D supplements- Vitamin D in our bodies is actually a byproduct of exposure to natural sunlight.  It is also found in certain types of fish, egg yolk, fortified Dairy (red cap milk), and fortified grains.  Deficiency in this vitamin hasn’t necessarily been a proven cause of depression, but Doctors have more reasons to believe it does than not.  If you’re feeling a little blue, taking a vitamin D supplement certainly won’t hurt you.

  4. Exercise- Get your heart pumping!  Exercising helps produce those “feel-good” endorphins in your brain.  Plus, going to a gym or some other workout facility might help you meet other people like you!  Once you go once or twice, you might start to feel that blueness fading away.

  5. Eating right- And, no-- I don’t mean “diet.”  We don’t even say the D word.  Eating right is simply putting into your body the nutrients necessary to be healthy and thrive.  If you’re constantly feeding your brain sugar and all sorts of other junk, your brain is going to feel like junk.  Eat to live-- don’t live to eat.

  6. Medication- S.A.D. has been proven to fade quickly and most medications take one-two months to fully kick in anyway.  If you’ve tried everything on this list and even more and you still don’t feel better, you might consider talking to your doctor.snowyoga-w.jpg

  7. 7. Yoga and meditation- Yoga and meditation might look passive on the outside..but on the inside, it has many uplifting benefits. These ancients practices have been known and proven to assist with state of mind while improving balance, tone, flexibility and more!

  8. Also check out our Blog, Winter can be an Adventure for other ideas of what to do in the winter at Apple Valley Lake.

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Get out of the blues and look for a lake home! Call the Apple Valley Lake Team, Toth and Team, to help with that! 844-411-LAKE (5253) www.AppleValleyLakeOhio.com

Email us at [email protected]

 

**Disclaimer: This information in this post are for informational purposes only.  I am not a doctor and am not certified to give prescriptive advice.  If you or anyone you know suffers from depression that lasts longer than a week or two, please call your doctor.

 

 



 

Winter Can Be An Adventure At The Lake

by Sherrie Toth

When you think of purchasing a home on Apple Valley Lake,  you immediately envision yourself enjoying your home on a nice, warm, slightly breezy summer day.  You can picture the boats on the lake, hear the children playing in the water, the birds are chirping, and you’re on your dock sipping a Mai Tai just soaking up the rays.  

 

But just as you begin to take another sip of that delicious Mai Tai, your alarm goes off and you wake up to the realization that it’s January in Central Ohio.  You can’t ride the boat, you can’t soak up the rays, the children are at school, and you’re wondering when these Canadian geese will finally go south for the winter.

 

While Apple Valley Lake summers are gorgeous and packed with fun, our winters can be too.

 

So if you’ve been contemplating flying south with those darned geese because you’re locked up in the house, you might want to reconsider because Apple Valley Lake and its surrounding areas have a slew of clubs and events to pick from while we are anxiously counting down the days until we can take those boats out of storage.

 

Friday Night Skate

Check the cider press or call Floral Valley (740) 397-1027 for  details and dates.

 

Apple Valley Garden Club

The next meeting is January 20th.  Contact Robin Rapp (740) 485-0046

 

Bird Watching

This can be done from the comfort of your own home! Make it your goal to spot one of Knox County’s many bald eagles!

 

Apple Valley Singles’ Club

Contact Mary McMasters for more information (740) 397-4936

 

Cards, Games, and Euchre

Contact Judy Reed (419) 262-8829

 

Swimming Lessons in the Valley

See the January edition of the Cider Press for enrollment form (page 10).

 

Apple Blossoms Children’s Play Group

Call Kate Fuller for details (614) 330-0129

 

Public Euchre Party (Danville)

Starts March 29th at St. Luke Community Center

 

Adopt Your Street

A “Green” way to give back all year long.  See the Cider Press Page 19 for enrollment form.

 

More!

See page 31 of the Cider Press for a whole calendar full of fun activities and events.


When the kids were young, we used to play board games, cook together, read, tell stories, ice fish.. it was precious family time - creating memories..  So, regardless of the time of year, Apple Valley Lake has so much to offer you, your family and friends. .

 

Looking for a lake home that you can enjoy ALL year round? Get your adventure started today with the Apple Valley Lake Team!

 

RE/MAX Consultant Group -at the lake

Joe and Sherrie Toth

844-411-LAKE (5253)

Contact us via email [email protected]




 

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