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When you’ve been in the same home for a while, it is common to get an itch to switch things up a little bit. For many homeowners, this means renovating the kitchen. Renovation is a great way to not only add a little bit of style but also increase the value of the home at the same time. There are a few great ideas to think about when it comes to kitchen renovations.

Add a Backsplash

One of the most popular kitchen renovations is to install a backsplash. This is a great way to upgrade and personalize the food prep area. Furthermore, a backsplash is easy to clean, functional and durable. There are plenty of ideas that people can use to make their kitchen backsplash unique. Consider neutral stone tile with colored or patterned pieces randomly interspersed, a pressed metal design or colorful glass tiles.

Open Up The Area

Consider opening up additional space in and around your kitchen. This can be accomplished with the removal of upper cabinets, introducing a window or skylight or, for a larger-scale project, removing walls to connect with other rooms. If you can’t change the floorplan of your room, swapping in glass-front cabinets or open shelving for your upper cabinets can create more visual space.

Add Flair to the Counters

Counters are a common target for kitchen renovations. Styles change and, over the years, you may find the need for additional space. One solution is to add a kitchen island. This adds both storage space and workspace for your kitchen. Don’t be afraid to go with unique countertop materials like concrete or wood.

Upgrade the Appliances

Finally, consider upgrading appliances to incorporate new technology and conveniences. Newer appliances not only come with new features like convertible compartments and touch screens but are also more energy-efficient than older models. This means you might also be able to save additional money over time with this investment.

Selling a home takes patience. Especially when you’re balancing your time between settling into your new home, and keeping up with your work and family life. So, when you’ve finally gotten to the point of accepting an offer on your home, you’ll probably breathe a sigh of relief–and you should!  However, there are still a few more things that will need to happen and a couple of things to consider before closing the deal on your home sale.

Contingencies on the purchase contract

A purchase contract typically includes contingency clauses that are designed to protect the interests of both the buyer and the seller. These clauses mean that the contract is contingent upon the actions being completed before it can be legally valid.

There are three main contingencies that will likely be included in the purchase contract before closing–inspection, financing, and appraisal.

Inspection contingency

The inspection contingency allows the buyer to have the home inspected by a professional before closing (the time should be specified within the contract, but the inspection should usually occur no more than two weeks after you accept the offer). A home inspection lets the buyer know what to expect in terms of repairs that the home needs now or will need in the near future.

Financing contingency

Since the vast majority of buyers will be purchasing their home through a loan, a financing contingency is included to allow the buyer time to secure their mortgage. Getting pre-qualified and pre-approved makes this process easier, but the buyer will still have to finalize and close on their mortgage before their financing is official.

This clause exists to protect the buyer in the event that their mortgage application is denied, ensuring that they aren’t penalized.

Appraisal contingency

The third contingency most often found in purchase contracts is a home appraisal. The buyer will order an appraisal and then the appraiser will reach out to you to find a day to come and value your home.

If the home is then appraised at the amount agreed upon in your contract, this contingency is met. However, if the appraisal comes up lower than the purchase amount, the buyer can renegotiate the price.

Walkthrough and closing

Once the appraisal and inspection have been met and financing secured, the buyer will have a chance to do a final walkthrough of your home. The walkthrough usually occurs no more than two days prior to closing on the sale. A walkthrough allows the buyer view the home one last time to ensure that the condition of the home hasn’t drastically changed since the home was inspected or appraised. So, make sure the buyer is aware of any changes you planned to make to the home before closing.

Now you’re ready to close on your home sale. You’ll receive a disclosure form to review (read it carefully!) and sign. Once closing is complete, ownership of the home is officially transferred to the buyer.

While the closing process does include several steps, it’s important to be available and cooperative along the way to ensure a smooth sale and transition into your new home.

You will lose your heart to this gracious Custom Contemporary. From the lovely landscaped yard throughout the light and spacious rooms, you will feel the quality built into every detail of the home and property by the owners. Formal entrance foyer leads to living room with vaulted ceiling, palladium window and fireplace, open to dining room and chef’s kitchen with all the upgrades you have wished for: Stainless appliances, kitchen island, granite countertops, pantry, and throughout the house Marvin Integrity windows and raised panel doors. Master suite also with vaulted ceiling, 2 walk-in closets and elegant master bath. And don’t miss the finished basement area! Quality follows you outside to oversized deck leading to pool deck and AG pool, 24×24 work garage with 9 foot overhead garage door (by the way, both attached garage and this barn are insulated and heated and barn is air conditioned!). Entire yard is set with sprinklers and there is a generator ready to go if needed! WOW!

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You will lose your heart to this gracious Custom Contemporary. From the lovely landscaped yard throughout the light and spacious rooms, you will feel the quality built into every detail of the home and property by the owners. Formal entrance foyer leads to living room with vaulted ceiling, palladium window and fireplace, open to dining room and chef’s kitchen with all the upgrades you have wished for: Stainless appliances, kitchen island, granite countertops, pantry, and throughout the house Marvin Integrity windows and raised panel doors. Master suite also with vaulted ceiling, 2 walk-in closets and elegant master bath. And don’t miss the finished basement area! Quality follows you outside to oversized deck leading to pool deck and AG pool, 24×24 work garage with 9 foot overhead garage door (by the way, both attached garage and this barn are insulated and heated and barn is air conditioned!). Entire yard is set with sprinklers and there is a generator ready to go if needed! WOW!

This is a Contemporary style home and features 8 total rooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, 3 bedrooms, 1.02 Acres, and is currently available for $409,900.

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