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Blog :: 01-2015

Kitchen Updates That Add Value to Your Home

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Updating your kitchen is one of the single best investments you can make in the value of your home. Many potential buyers are drawn to a beautiful kitchen... even if they don't cook! It's often the center of the home - a gathering place for entertaining, family time and morning coffee.

Kitchen updates that add value don't have to break the bank! You can make a big impact by spending a few hundred dollars or really go for the 'wow' factor and spend thousands. However, if you do go for it and completely remodel your kitchen, it's a great idea to consult a real estate professional first to determine the value of your home. Doing this provides a safeguard against 'over-improving', which won't allow you the return on your investment when it comes time to sell your property.

Looking to make a few minor improvements?

Here are a few quick updates you can make for around $200 or less:

  • Replace a small appliance - Update the microwave or dishwasher with stainless steel for a clean, fresh look.
  • Freshen the paint color - Choose a light, bright and semi-neutral color to appeal to all tastes.
  • Install a new light fixture
  • Replace your cabinet hardware

Ready for a more significant change?

Consider these higher-ticket updates:

  • Replace all appliances with popular stainless steel package
  • Install new tile or hardwood flooring
  • Reface or replace kitchen cabinetry
  • Install a tile or natural stone backsplash
  • Upgrade your countertops to granite, quartz or other natural stone product

  Check out our Beautiful Kitchens board on Pinterest and get inspired!


Winter Activities in Portsmouth NH and the Greater Seacoast

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We all know that the Seacoast region of New Hampshire is a wonderful destination in the warmer months. With our beaches, parks, outdoor concerts and plays, waterfront dining and other fun activities, who could argue with that! But don't rule out the Seacoast in the winter. You may have to bundle up a little more, but there are so many fun things to do around Portsmouth, Dover and the Greater Seacoast in the winter months.

Ice Skating at the Puddle Dock Rink

Strawbery Banke in the historic South End of Portsmouth has a beautiful, brand new ice skating rink and people are flocking from all over the region to take in the atmosphere. Skating day or night is fun in this picturesque environment adjacent to Prescott Park. Grab a cup of hot chocolate at a coffee shop downtown, lace up your skates and enjoy!

Indoor Public Skate in Dover or Exeter

If indoor skating is more your speed, many of the local rinks have public skating hours almost every day. The Rinks at Exeter and Dover Ice Arena are two popular area rinks that offer this service. They also offer skating lessons and hockey league play.

Snowshoeing and Sledding at Wagon Hill Farm in Durham, NH

If you've driven along Route 4 in Durham anytime that there's snow on the ground, you've likely seen sleds and saucers flying down the large hill, perfect for sledding! It's an institution in our area. Many people have slopes in their yards or a favorite sledding spot on the Seacoast, but Wagon Hill Farm is the unofficial mecca on the Seacoast!

These are just a few of the local winter activities that are popular in the Seacoast. The wonderful thing about New Hampshire (and New England, for that matter) is it's drivability. In just a few hours you can be downhill skiing on Gunstock or Canon Mountains, taking all those holiday gift cards on a shopping trip to picturesque North Conway or going on a sleigh ride at Charmingfare Farm in Candia. We are lucky to live in such an incredible, versatile state that is fun year-round!

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