Home improvement: Four North Shore listings with renovations

A good floorplan or facade can mean the difference between an all-out teardown (or even moving) and a more manageable home renovation. “If you’ve got [a house with] good bones to start, and it’s attractive from an exterior standpoint, in most [cases] it can be corrected,” says Orren Pickell, president and CEO of Orren Pickell Building Group in Northfield (550 Frontage, Northfield; Pickellbuilders.com).

A bit of savvy design can go a long way — as long as the task list stays within reason. Warns Pickell: “If the scope of the project gets too large, you get into the question of whether the renovations are worth it.” He suggests doing your homework. A good realtor can help you figure out how marketable the home will be post-project, and advise on whether the expense of a project translates to increased home value.

Beyond aesthetic preferences, some issues can negatively impact a home’s value and should be corrected no matter what. These are called super flaws, says Pickell, and include things like a bad kitchen, little or no family room, lack of a master suite, small closets and inefficient garages.

[Read the full story at Splashhome]

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