Just Want to Do It

You want some new features in a home to improve your family’s quality of life, but you don’t want to leave your current home.

Really Need to Do It

You want to make your home more marketable to maximize return (or minimize loss) and speed up the sale process.

In the right market conditions, a project might fit into both categories. Other times, though, the two approaches will conflict:

Just Want to Do It

In situation A, the project is perceived as a necessary or worthwhile improvement to your family’s lifestyle. Say you have two or three teenagers in the family and the morning bathroom situation is completely out of control.

It doesn’t matter if an additional bath generates a 150 percent return on investment or actually decreases the value of the home (unlikely, unless you’re a completely incompetent do-it-yourselfer with a bizarre design sense). The economic impact just doesn’t matter. If you have the money for a new bath and you don’t want to move, you add the bath. It’s that simple.

Or say you’re a barbecue fanatic and the only feature missing from the dream home you’ve just purchased is a sprawling backyard patio with a natural-gas grill custom-built with flagstone and river rock. Again, return on investment just isn’t going to be a critical question.

The improvement becomes more comparable to purchasing a depreciating asset that you feel is a necessity for your lifestyle, such as an automobile.

When the barbecue aficionado adds a deluxe patio to a home that’s already the most expensive property in the neighborhood – perhaps destroying the entire backyard in the process – there’s a good chance that very little of the cost will be recouped in a subsequent sale.

An even better example might be a pool. If you’re a person who simply has to have one- fine. Put in a pool. But it’s probably worth checking with a real estate professional first, just to make sure you fully understand that adding the pool might actually lessen the property’s value and make it more difficult to sell should you later decide to move.

That’s the reality in many markets. That doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t do it, especially if you’re planning to live in the home for the rest of your life. It just means it’s worth knowing the cost and salability impacts at the front end – even if they’re not going to deter you from pursuing the project.

Really Need to Do It

The “type-B” home improvement project is pursued primarily to increase the property’s salability. In turn, this often increases your return on investment. A good real estate agent can advise you of possible improvements that will attract more potential buyers and also pay for themselves either through increasing the home’s value or through shortening the time it takes to sell the home.

Here we’re typically talking about projects such as: painting – either because the existing paint is in bad shape or is an unusual color; replacing carpets – again because of age, color or style; repairing or resurfacing a cracked driveway or sidewalk; refacing kitchen cabinets; and trimming or removing overgrown or unattractive landscaping.

While spending several thousand dollars on your home right before you sell it might not sound very appealing, it’s not uncommon for the right work to more than pay for itself in a higher selling price and shorter marketing time.

Consult with an experienced real estate agent to learn what improvements will make your home more marketable in comparison to similar properties that are now – or recently have been – on the market in your area.

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Client Testimonials

Sonia was very patient, honest, and hard working. She went above and beyond to get our family into our first home. Her daily email listings kept us up to date on any new potential homes. Her house comparables were key in helping us decide whether to make an offer or not. I would highly recommend her to anyone in the market looking to purchase a house.

Batz Family

Sonia Cabrera Group
5.0
2018-01-19T00:15:36+00:00

Batz Family

Sonia was very patient, honest, and hard working. She went above and beyond to get our family into our first home. Her daily email listings kept us up to date on any new potential homes. Her house comparables were key in helping us decide whether to make an offer or not. I would highly recommend her to anyone in the market looking to purchase a house.

Sonia is VERY personable and helpful with finding our first home. She was very flexible with our schedule and budget. Our particular favorite about her is she was never pushy. We never felt pressured or rushed into deciding on a home. She always had comparables of properties promptly for us to make bidding decisions. We would definitely recommend her to friends and go back to her should we decide to sell/buy again in the future!

Burbank Buyer

Sonia Cabrera Group
5.0
2018-01-19T00:15:57+00:00

Burbank Buyer

Sonia is VERY personable and helpful with finding our first home. She was very flexible with our schedule and budget. Our particular favorite about her is she was never pushy. We never felt pressured or rushed into deciding on a home. She always had comparables of properties promptly for us to make bidding decisions. We would definitely recommend her to friends and go back to her should we decide to sell/buy again in the future!

Sonia has been working with our family for several years already. I have sold and bought a home with her. She is humble and ready to work for you and your family to get the home you want. She is very dedicated and ready to reply my text at any time of the day… literally. I was impressed with her modesty and honesty. She was certainly not interested on the money but on our own personal experience as home buyers. Truly recommend Sonia. 🙂

Rosas

Sonia Cabrera Group
5.0
2018-01-19T00:16:14+00:00

Rosas

Sonia has been working with our family for several years already. I have sold and bought a home with her. She is humble and ready to work for you and your family to get the home you want. She is very dedicated and ready to reply my text at any time of the day… literally. I was impressed with her modesty and honesty. She was certainly not interested on the money but on our own personal experience as home buyers. Truly recommend Sonia. 🙂

Sonia sold our home in October, I really enjoyed working with her due to her communication and negotiation skills, she was able to get us the price we wanted for our home, she is very patient, hard working and very honest. I would highly recommend her to all friends and family and will hire her again for our personal future Real Estate needs.

Northridge Seller

Sonia Cabrera Group
5.0
2018-01-19T00:16:33+00:00

Northridge Seller

Sonia sold our home in October, I really enjoyed working with her due to her communication and negotiation skills, she was able to get us the price we wanted for our home, she is very patient, hard working and very honest. I would highly recommend her to all friends and family and will hire her again for our personal future Real Estate needs.

As new parents selling and buying a home simultaneously seemed like an overwhelming task, that was until we met Sonia. She was phenomenal in orchestrating our sale and getting us into our dream home. She got us multiple offers within days and sold above asking. And in finding our home, she was active in searching and showing us homes that fit our style and budget. She took the time to get to know our family and watched us perfectly to new home. As a professional she is extremely knowledgeable, thorough and accurate in her work, always a step ahead, honest and reliable, always available when you need her, and just a wonderful person to work with. Enough can't be said about Sonia. Thank you, Sonia, for giving our son his perfect home!

Mototeacher1

Sonia Cabrera Group
5.0
2018-07-19T05:27:20+00:00

Mototeacher1

As new parents selling and buying a home simultaneously seemed like an overwhelming task, that was until we met Sonia. She was phenomenal in orchestrating our sale and getting us into our dream home. She got us multiple offers within days and sold above asking. And in finding our home, she was active in searching and showing us homes that fit our style and budget. She took the time to get to know our family and watched us perfectly to new home. As a professional she is extremely knowledgeable, thorough and accurate in her work, always a step ahead, honest and reliable, always available when you need her, and just a wonderful person to work with. Enough can't be said about Sonia. Thank you, Sonia, for giving our son his perfect home!

Sonia is an exceptional realtor. She has a calm and kind demeanor that makes her easy to work with. But behind that quiet and calm demeanor is a very skillful negotiator that is always thinking several steps ahead! When I sold my house, the buyers wanted a ridiculous amount to offset supposed repairs - by the time I called Sonia with my decisions as to how much I was willing to give, she had already dealt with the buyers' realtor and positioned it so that it was optional for me to provide ANY amount for repairs! She was also thoughtful about how best to present aspects of the home that were not "perfect". I really enjoyed working with Sonia and she's at the top of my list of realtors I recommend!!

cssw713

Sonia Cabrera Group
5.0
2018-07-19T05:27:55+00:00

cssw713

Sonia is an exceptional realtor. She has a calm and kind demeanor that makes her easy to work with. But behind that quiet and calm demeanor is a very skillful negotiator that is always thinking several steps ahead! When I sold my house, the buyers wanted a ridiculous amount to offset supposed repairs - by the time I called Sonia with my decisions as to how much I was willing to give, she had already dealt with the buyers' realtor and positioned it so that it was optional for me to provide ANY amount for repairs! She was also thoughtful about how best to present aspects of the home that were not "perfect". I really enjoyed working with Sonia and she's at the top of my list of realtors I recommend!!

Sonia was very understanding to my excessive questions since this was my first home. She contacted me frequently letting me know step by step what was going on and calming all my fears. She's very knowledgeable and good at what she does, but because of her concern for my happiness with our new home, I feel that we have also made a great friend. I highly recommend her to anyone who is searching for a home.

amojica1978

Sonia Cabrera Group
5.0
2018-07-19T05:28:46+00:00

amojica1978

Sonia was very understanding to my excessive questions since this was my first home. She contacted me frequently letting me know step by step what was going on and calming all my fears. She's very knowledgeable and good at what she does, but because of her concern for my happiness with our new home, I feel that we have also made a great friend. I highly recommend her to anyone who is searching for a home.

I would highly recommend Sonia Cabrera as ones real estate agent. Sonia assisted me in selling my first home. It was an emotional process but she guided me through every step. She is knowledgeable and honest. I initially informed her of my expectations and they were met but she also gave me her input. When ever I had a question or doubt, she was always accessible via telephone . Once again, thank you for all your hard work in selling my first home.

egprado13

Sonia Cabrera Group
5.0
2018-07-19T05:29:34+00:00

egprado13

I would highly recommend Sonia Cabrera as ones real estate agent. Sonia assisted me in selling my first home. It was an emotional process but she guided me through every step. She is knowledgeable and honest. I initially informed her of my expectations and they were met but she also gave me her input. When ever I had a question or doubt, she was always accessible via telephone . Once again, thank you for all your hard work in selling my first home.

I've been investing in real estate for the last 25 years or so and I've purchase several properties in that period of time; I have work with many brokers/agents and even though they've been good, non has been as complete and outstanding as Sonia Cabrera. After a friendly interview, I decided to give Sonia a try and as she promised and I expected, she performed wonderfully. My last 2 transactions in 2013 I allowed Sonia to be on both sides of the fence and she was effective, professional, knowledgeable, courteous but most important, conscious and cautious of my investment.

Thank You Sonia, you’re not only very good at what you do but as far as I'm concern: you are THE BEST...

William Ramirez

Sonia Cabrera Group
5.0
2018-07-19T05:30:23+00:00

William Ramirez

I've been investing in real estate for the last 25 years or so and I've purchase several properties in that period of time; I have work with many brokers/agents and even though they've been good, non has been as complete and outstanding as Sonia Cabrera. After a friendly interview, I decided to give Sonia a try and as she promised and I expected, she performed wonderfully. My last 2 transactions in 2013 I allowed Sonia to be on both sides of the fence and she was effective, professional, knowledgeable, courteous but most important, conscious and cautious of my investment. Thank You Sonia, you’re not only very good at what you do but as far as I'm concern: you are THE BEST...
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