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The GREEN Sheet | November 2019

Is It an Improvement or Maintenance? Doug Echelberger Has All of Your Answers

Homeowners who are looking to sell in Talega and beyond sometimes get confused over the differences between home improvement and deferred maintenance. It is important to know the difference, as an improvement can add equity value where deferred maintenance can have a serious negative affect in a home’s value. Several points I often encounter during my listing appointments involve exterior painting, interior painting and wall condition, carpeting, kitchen and baths, landscaping, and and plumbing. Inside of November’s GREEN sheet, I touch on which of these issues are important to be improved on and how often, in addition to providing you with information to help you understand exactly where the housing market in Talega is at currently.

As a side note, inside the GREEN sheet, when I use the word contemporary while referring to the style that an improvement is meant to achieve, that does not mean modern. Contemporary simply means current trends or styles where buyers (specifically your target market) are seeing the most value. Just because something is trendy does not mean it works well for all ages of buyers, so know who you are trying to appeal to first before you make an improvement for the purpose of a sale. Please feel free to give me a call as I love to help people work through this process on their home.

To learn answers about the current housing market in Talega, have a look inside November’s GREEN sheet by clicking HERE or clicking full-screen below.

Doug Echelberger is San Clemente’s #1 real estate agent and the owner of Echelberger Group. Doug and his team provide the expertise and resources necessary to make it easier for their clients. More than 20 years of experience has given Echelberger Group the edge in local knowledge and connections. Echelberger Group provides a comprehensive range of services, from industry-leading technology—backed by its partnership with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty—and custom marketing strategies to regular updates and prompt communication that makes transactions efficient and stress-free. For more information, visit or call 949.498.7711.

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