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Remodeling Secrets: Adding Value with Tile

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By : Joe Cline    99 or more times read
If you want to add true value to your home, in terms of what an outside party will pay for it, you have to think outside of the box. You canít simply throw on a fresh coat of paint, vacuum the rug and hope all is well. That will accomplish nothing but a few hours of work and a few weeks of not getting the price you had hoped. You have to make changes - additions - updating the house to meet current trends and satisfy the needs of the customer, who in this case is the homebuyer. One of your best options is ceramic tile.

For years, ceramic tile has been associated with restaurants, hotels and other commercial establishments. It was what you expected to see in an Italian cafť or French bistro, but not what you would anticipate in someoneís home. However, that has all changed. No longer are designers limited to linoleum, wood or carpet when installing flooring and even walls. Personal kitchens, bathrooms and other areas are bedecked in tile of all styles, colors and types.

The versatility of tile - the fact that it comes in so many varieties, adds to the popularity of it. A homeowner can truly show off his own tastes with the perfect pattern and highlight other positive aspects of the home, such as wall coloring, furniture or other flooring. He can also prove that he is not afraid to take risks or veer away from the traditional carpet and wood flooring. He is aware of modern times, living in them, and possibly leading the way for future trends.

Tile is also one of those rare items that looks to be complex and difficult to install but is not. With a little care or some wise professional help you can have it installed in no time at all, with no skin off your back. And once itís installed, your floor will look glowing, new and refreshed.

Another bonus of tile is its easy cleanup. Ceramic tile truly requires little maintenance. Once installed, it is advised that the grout be sealed a month later and that you regularly sweep and damp mop the area. There is no need to first vacuum, then shampoo, then vacuum, and then be dismayed by the sudden and new stain you have discovered on your floor. You have only to give it a mop, perhaps a scrub if there are persistent stains, and you are through with the chore. For a perspective homeowner, looking for something that wonít detract precious time from unpacking and getting organized, what could be better?

Adding tile to your home is one of the best ways to add value. It is smart and innovative, in that it is both trendy and modern, and easy to maintain. Possible buyers, viewing your home for the first or third time, will note the tile and immediately add to what they view is a worthy price for the home. The same would not be true of linoleum or plastic-like flooring, or a shag and dirty carpet. Tile, in and of itself, is unique. It is special, and it is how you are raising your asking price. You are installing tile.
Joe Cline writes articles for Austin new home builders. Other articles written by the author related to Lakeway Real Estate and Austin Texas Real Estate can be found on the net.

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