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Home Improvements that Don’t Increase the Value of Your Home

by The Hat Team

Preparing to sell your home can be a stressful process.  Often you will find yourself making improvements just for the sake of the sale.  While some of these enhancements may boost the look of your property and make it easier to sell your home, you will be surprised to discover that they do not increase the value of your home.  In fact, some improvements might actually detract from it.  Here is a list of 6 “home improvements” that do not increase the value of your home:


Landscaping choices are a personal preference.If you are going to invest in elaborate landscaping, you should do it for your own enjoyment, because no matter how grand your yard is, it’s not going to bring you big bucks upon resale.


There are certainly buyers in the market who will be looking for homes that have newer features, but they won’t pay more for them.Replacing things that are broken or past their life expectancy is considered and not something buyers expect to pay for.


While water-related improvements can provide a lot of fun and entertainment for your family, the cost of installing a pool or spa never finds its way back to you. In fact, some buyers will ask that you take the spa with you or won’t purchase a house with a swimming pool.Installing a pool or spa should only be done for your own pleasure.


If you think you might be selling your house, you need to be careful about making improvements that are not in style. For example, you might love white appliances and countertops in your kitchen, but because these are not currently trendy, potential buyers are not likely to feel the same way.


Painting may be the single most cost-effective improvement you can make before selling your home, but it won’t return any bang for your buck unless you do the painting yourself. Fresh paint on the exterior or interior of your home absolutely makes the home more saleable, but an appraiser will not give you a credit boost for it.


The people selling you those solar panels will tell you that they will improve the value of your home and add to your bottom line profit, but it’s not true. You get zero approved value for solar panel installation.

If you are in the market to sell or buy a home, let Sandra Nickel and her Hat Team of professionals assist you with all your real estate needs.  Call them at 334-834-1500 today!

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618 Mary Ann Dr, Montgomery, Al 36109 

MLS# 437018

3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 2,018 sqft | Johnstown

Lots to love in this move-in ready Johnstown home on oversized lot. Ample sized living room and dining room, and spacious greatroom with stone fireplace and wall of built-in bookshelves. Kitchen has sunny breakfast area and updated countertops and stove. Plenty of parking in the back, plus huge back yard with tall pines. Wonderful neighborhood and close to shopping and dining, and zoned for Dalraida Elementary! 

1164 S McDonough St, Montgomery AL 36104 

MLS# 438223

3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 3,064 sqft | Garden District

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A Live-Work Opportunity That Has Stood the Test of Tiime! Firehouse 9 is an exceptional and unique property, not only for Montgomery, but nationally, having been featured in magazines, books and television shows. Its notable renovation and rejuvenation has maintained the 1917 historic character, retained the original floor plan, and incorporated modern and up-to-date conveniences. Firehouse 9 is constructed of solid materials that surpass the standard of most buildings: 16” exterior masonry walls, old-growth timber interior framing, thick plaster finishes and bead-board ceilings. If you are looking to simplify your home and work routine, enhance your sense of identity, and want something different from the normal package of room names wrapped up in gypsum board and brick veneer, Firehouse 9 may be right for you. And, yes, it still has the fire pole!

Calling All Investors: 301 Bowling Green Drive

by The Hat Team

301 Bowling Green Drive, Montgomery, AL 36109 

MLS# 437096

4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,650 sqft | College Grove

Calling all investors/flippers! Here is your opportunity to make $$$ on this spacious <span class="ContextualSpellingAndGrammarError SCXW90153456" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; background-repeat: repeat-x; background-position: left bottom; background-image: url(" data:image="" gif;base64,r0lgodlhbqaeapedaabvzdnvzdnv="" waaach5bauaaamalaaaaaafaaqaaaiinc2qchykqgeaow="=&quot;);" border-bottom:="" 1px="" solid="" transparent;="" background-color:="" inherit;"="">4 bedroom home in College Grove. Great bones, just needs cosmetic updating (kitchen, baths, finishes, flooring.) Separate living spaces, four bedrooms, plus enclosed porch and inground swimming pool. Large storage building. Roof is less than a year old, so that won't be an expense to the next owner! 

1403 Magnolia Curve, Montgomery, AL 36106

MLS# 437093

3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 1,583 sqft | Cloverdale

Location, location, location! Nestled on an unusually deep corner lot just across from College Street park is this adorable Cloverdale cottage waiting to be rehabbed and loved by another generation. Formal living and dining rooms, plus cozy den and master bedroom with his and hers baths all on one level. Upstairs are two more bedrooms and a bath. Screened porch off living room makes a great outdoor living space with great views of the park across the street. Side yard has gardens, brick patio and lovely arbor, and there is a detached storage building. ​


Step by Step Guide to Painting Your Front Door

by The Hat Team

Want to Boost Your Curb Appeal  without breaking the bank?  Painting your front door is just the thing to brighten up the front of your home and it’s a project you can tackle yourself.  Here is a step-by-step guide to help you get started on this fun DIY project:

- Pick a weekend to select your color, purchase supplies and complete the task. Make sure the weather will be appropriate. Paint needs to dry, so clear, sunny days with mild temperatures are best.

- Choose a color. If you’re not sure what color you want to use, you can purchase small samples in several colors and paint them on the door to get an idea of what you might like.  Look at them throughout the day to see how they look as the light brightens and dims.  Once you have chosen your favorite hue, you can then purchase what you will need to complete the project. For an exterior door that has been primed, you will need about one quart of paint.

- Make sure you use the right kind of paint. If you don’t have a glass or storm door that protects your front door from the elements, you are definitely going to want to use exterior paint. (Difference Between Exterior Paint and Interior Paint).  Paint with a glossy finish is best because it not only stands out, but also holds up against nicks and scrapes better than flat or eggshell paint.  Most importantly, make sure to note if you are using latex or oil-based paint.  When you need to touch up the paint in the future, you should never use oil paint over latex or vice versa.  Also, be sure that your primer has the same base as your paint.

- Prepare to paint. You can paint your door in place or remove it from the hinges if you have a glass or storm door to keep insects and such from finding their way inside.  You can also use a tarp to cover your doorway if you don’t have a storm/glass door. Remove all hardware from the door.  Using a wet rag, clean the door, and then use a sander or sandpaper to smooth it out.  If you are painting a different color, you will need to prime it first. 

- Now you are ready to paint! Begin by applying the Primer. Cover the entire door using a roller for application.  After the primer dries, it is finally time to paint. If the door has trim work or small details, use a paintbrush to go over them.  You can use a low-nap or foam roller to paint the whole door, but a paint brush will give you a lovely, hand-painted look.  You can also just use a paintbrush for the final coat to give it that look.  Make sure the door is completely dry before reattaching the hardware and rehanging the door if you removed it to paint.  Voila! You are done and you just spruced up your curb appeal!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Montgomery area, call Sandra Nickel at 334-834-1500 and let her and her Hat Team of professionals put their skills and expertise to work for you!

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1319 Pampas Drive, Montgomery, AL 36117 

MLS# 436914

3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,985 sqft | Woodmere

Pristine custom built one owner home in Woodmere. This spacious ranch is in immaculate condition! Wonderful living areas with the eat-in kitchen open to the large family room, huge sun room overlooking the shaded deck and nice sized bedrooms. Attached two-car carport and situated on a private pie shaped lot. You can move your family right in!  

767 Hillman Road, Montgomery, Alabama 36109 

MLS# 436521 ​

2 Bedrooms | 1.5 Bathrooms | 1,600 sqft | Dalraida Park Estates 

Sensational original mid century modern ranch in beautiful Dalraida.... large corner lot ... this home should be on the pages of Atomic ranch magazine.... Many original 1950's details intact.... wonderful lot..... call us or your favorite agent today!!!!!!!! 


Resale Value - What Matters Most

by The Hat Team

Unless you plan to stay in a home for the rest of your life, resale value should be a major consideration when purchasing a house. Home-ownership is a huge financial investment and the goal should be to get as much monetary return as possible when you sell.  While you can’t always predict what the future holds for the real estate market, there are some basic guidelines for what kind of properties have good resale value.  Don’t make the error of focusing only on what you want when doing your home search.  Think about the following factors that will affect the resale value:

  1. LOCATION - This should be a primary consideration when looking for a home that will provide a good return on your investment.  A desirable location is likely to remain a hot market for home sales.  Think about the school district you will be in.  Even if you don’t have children in school, a top district will draw many buyers.  Different people will be looking for different things, but most buyers will want basically the same things from the location of the home. Home Buying: Location Matters
  2. NUMBER OF BEDROOMS - A house with more than two bedrooms will sell faster and for a better price than one with only one or two bedrooms.  Even a couple with no children will want extra space for an office or guestroom (or both).
  3. NUMBER OF BATHROOMS - Buyers will expect to pay much less for a home with only one bathroom.  If people are choosing between a house with one bathroom and one with two, they will almost always be willing to spend a little extra to get that additional restroom.
  4. GATHERING SPACE - Buyers want a large, informal space for relaxing and entertaining family and friends.  You will get more value out of a spacious family room than you will out of a formal living room. 
  5. STORAGE - These days people have a lot of “stuff” and they need places to put it all.  Storage space, including closets, a pantry and loads of cabinets will improve the odds of getting high bids for your house. 
  6. GARAGE - People who live in suburban areas need places to park their cars.  A covered parking place or two is ideal.
  7. OPEN FLOORPLAN - Buyers are looking for homes with open spaces and rooms that flow from one to the next.  A house with an Open Floorplan will improve your chances for a profitable resale.
  8. OVERALL CONDITION - A property that is well-cared for, updated and remodeled will greatly enhance resale value.  Focus on rooms that matter most to buyers - kitchens and bathrooms. Make sure everything is in good working order.  Some people might be looking for a fixer upper, but many buyers are willing to pay a premium for a move-in ready home.

If you are in the market for a new home let Sandra Nickel and her Hat Team of professionals assist you in finding your dream home.  Call them at 334-834-1500 today!

340 E Fairview Avenue, Montgomery 36105 

MLS# 436581

3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,794 sqft | South Hull District 

You will get the best of both worlds with this sweet South Hull District cottage. With all the charm and character of Cloverdale, but half the price! Pack your things and get ready to move into this home featuring hardwood floors, built-in corner china cabinets in dining room, classic transoms (that still work) and a cool, retro double drainboard porcelain sink in the kitchen. Enclosed sun porch on the front and covered back porch make great places to relax, and the large back yard is perfect for kids, pets, and grown-up games! And, within minutes to Cloverdale's entertainment districts as well as all that is happening downtown. Charming home close to Midtown Montgomery and all Cloverdale has to offer! 

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