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You have to see this.  My mom is the turtle whisperer!  This turtle found us three years ago and wasn't in the best of shape.  My mom fed it cantaloupe and it started feeling better so we named it cantaloupe boy.  His favorite meal now is an orange however.

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Improving Your Home's Value a Room at a Time

Extending and Converting 

We'll be continuing our Google+ series over the coming weeks on how to add value to your house. Adding square footage that can be used as an extra bedroom, office or gym is often argued to have the biggest impact on how much a house is worth. So, what are your options and will they really be worth the investment? 

See part 1 (kitchen) here

See part 2 (living area) here

See part 3 (bathroom) here

See part 4 (garden) here

See part 5 (master bedroom) here

Loft Conversion

A recent study claims that home owners could add a massive 21 percent to the value of their house with a loft conversion. The figures are even more impressive when translated into cash – an attic room has the potential to add £37,000.

Other research has also looked at the value other living space extensions could add, based on the average price of houses in the first quarter of 2014, according to Nationwide’s price index. A loft conversion comes out firmly on top, with simply adding another bedroom increasing the value by £20,000, and another bathroom adding just £8,900. 

Basement Conversion

The jury is somewhat out when it comes to basement conversions. Whilst extending the living space in this way is an attractive proposition for many homeowners, the cost of the major renovation work that will be required arguably outweighs the benefits.

Deciding to extend this space is not to be taken lightly. Digging under the water table means that you will need to hire specialists and move out of your house for several months. It's also the most serious type of renovation, affecting the structural load of your property.

Side Return Extension

Many classic Victorian houses have a side return – a relatively useless and unattractive thin strip of space down the side of the house. Extending into this area can really open up your living space, and create that big family kitchen that lots of buyers now crave.
Side returns don't come cheap, as you're removing a major structural wall to construct them, but they can significantly increase your home's re-sale value. 

When considering an extension, it's important to ensure that the cost is proportional to the value of your house – don’t spend more than you will see back.

Do you think an extension is worth the investment?
#sellingyourhome #property #propertyvalue #homeimprovement

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The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report projects appreciation in home values over the next five years to be between 30.8% (most optimistic) and 9.4% (most pessimistic).

The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

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It's been a rough week for this black dog. Sunday fun day is eat with dad, take a long walk with dad, and nap about squirrels, cats, birds and more food!

Lubbock got much needed rain last night and more to come today!

It is a beautiful day in Lubbock, Texas.  What to do this evening?

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