Six easy home improvements that add value to your home

1. Improve energy efficiency 

Boosting the attic insulation from R11 to R49 can lower heating and cooling costs up to $600 per year (according to Houselogic.com). If the existing insulation comes up just to the tops of the joists, then you may need to add insulation. If you can’t see the joists and the insulation is well above the tops of the joists, you’re probably okay.

2. Spruce up the exterior

You only get one chance to make a good first impression. Projects that enhance curb appeal can offer the best bang for the buck. Basic efforts like power washing the home’s exterior, painting the front door, or adding landscaping improvements can be small investments that enhance curb appeal when selling a home. A well-manicured lawn, fresh mulch, and pruned shrubs also boost the curb appeal of any home. 

3. Budget-friendly kitchen remodels

If your budget allows only one room renovation, go for the kitchen. Most studies have shown as many as 80% of homebuyers list the kitchen as their favorite room. Buyers may be more forgiving of other outdated areas with a newly updated kitchen. A minor kitchen face-lift could include painting cabinets or getting new cabinet doors, new appliances, upgrading countertops, or new cabinet hardware. 

4. Bathroom remodel

Updating bathrooms can make a big impact. Studies have shown a minor bathroom remodel can provide a 102% return on investment, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to make big upgrades. Re-grouting tile, replace caulk around the shower, tub, and toilet areas, replace the toilet, mirrors and fixtures can go a long way to improve the look of the bathroom.

5. A coat of paint

Painting the home interior is one of the most inexpensive updates you can make. New paint lightens rooms, hides visual defects, and simply makes a room feel fresh and clean.

6. Fix the flooring

New flooring can instantly brighten up the home, and makes a huge difference in how your house is perceived by buyers.

Thinking of selling? Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin Realtor, 218-590-6634 for a free comprehensive market analysis of your property. 

Upper Eau Claire Lake home for sale. 50300 Peninsula Rd, Barnes, WI

Beautiful, move-in ready 3 bedroom 4 bath home on premier Upper Eau Claire Lake, one of NW Wisconsin’s clearest and deepest lakes. While the elevation to the lake front is high, the lake view is gorgeous and the setting is private and wooded.

Offered at  $410,000.

Property Highlights:
Main Level: Guest suite, Woodburning stone fireplace, Birch flooring, Hickory cabinets, Reclaimed beams in livingroom and diningroom, All new appliances 2017

Upper level: Master suite with balcony, Gas stove, Deep soaking tub, Office area

Lower level:, Family room with walkout, Gas stone fireplace, Bedroom and bathroom, Sauna room with additional sleeping area

Exterior: 100’ of sand bottom lake front, No maintenance dock, Exterior siding – no maintenance Hardiboard, Roof new 2013, 3-car garage with pass-through door for easy boat parking, Driveway area in front of garage is heated, Security system

Lake: 996 acres, Maximum depth 92’, Secchi Disk (water clarity) – 26’, Fish: Northern, Bluegill, Perch. Walleye and Musky also present., Excellent swimming and boating, Connected by boating channels to Shunenberg, Sweet, Birch, and Robinson Lakes.

Contact Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin, to schedule a showing. 218-590-6634. Or, email: jeanhedren@edinarealty.com

Right NOW is a great time to sell your lake home or cabin.

Don’t delay until May. Right NOW is a great time to sell your lake home or cabin in NW Wisconsin.

It’s September and the trees are changing into their spectacular fall colors. Even though Summer is nearly over, if you’re ready to sell your lake home or cabin, there’s no need to wait until next May.

Around here sellers, buyers, and even Realtors can often think a little too seasonally. Summer might be the only time of the year we can grow tomatoes in northern Wisconsin, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only time of year we can produce real estate sales.

Today’s lake-home market is no longer just a summertime surge. Maybe it’s because buyers are now eager to enjoy their new homes all year round. In the fall there’s hunting, fishing, paddling, hiking, biking, and ATVing. In the winter there’s skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and just relaxing by the fire. Every spring, long before the water is warm enough for swimming, we’re blessed with months of weather that’s perfect for enjoying the great outdoors in other ways.

Even as some sellers are pulling their homes from the market until next May or June, plenty of serious, purposeful buyers are still on the hunt. At this very moment they’re getting pre-approved, researching lakes, and reaching for their checkbooks.

So if you’re ready to move on to the next stage of your life, there’s no rational reason to waste nine months while waiting until next May. A lot can happen in nine months, and waiting unnecessarily is just inconceivable. If you’re ready for this life transition, then maybe it’s time to make your move.

Keep in mind, too, that listing your home today doesn’t mean moving out next Tuesday. Even after we’ve done a little negotiating and you’ve accepted a buyer’s offer, more time will elapse before there’s an actual closing. Typically, unless it’s a cash offer with no inspections or other contingencies, that’s about another 45-60 days.

Could you end up moving in the winter? Sure. But it’s really no big deal. (And on this I speak from experience.) Moving in the winter is nothing to be afraid of—especially if you’re paying someone else to load up the moving van and drive it away. Of course, if you’re leaving most furnishings behind, then moving will be less of an issue anyway.

There’s only one situation when winter can really complicate your plans, and that’s if you’re selling a three-season cabin. Most buyers will ask for an inspection, and it’s hard to inspect a cabin’s well, septic system, and plumbing without turning on the water. But even then, I’m usually able to help buyers and sellers work things out.

And for all the rest of you selling a year-round lake home or cabin, the best time to find buyers is… Year-round. So if you’d like to learn more about what your home is likely to sell for in our current market, give me a call now. Jean Hedren, Edina Realty, NW Wisconsin. www.JeanHedren.com

Recent Sales:

Minong Flowage Log Home Sold by Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin

This 4 bedroom log home beauty rests on a quiet point with 400′ of sandy lake frontage on the Minong Flowage. Quality built log home with all the charm, coziness, and character you would expect. 16667 S Erlanson Rd, Wascott, WI. $410,000. Closed 9/7/18.

Represented the sellers. Our services included professional real estate and drone photography by Al Cambronne.

Thinking of selling? Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin, 218-590-6634. www.JeanHedren.com 

Stairway to Bond Lake Heaven, Wascott WI

8088 E Matthias Rd, Wascott, WI. Offered at $400,000. This 3 bedroom home boasts the best view of Bond Lake, one of NW Wisconsin’s clearest lakes. 20′ Secchi Disk clarity.

Spacious cedar home with master suite, amazing views from most rooms, sauna, plus bunk room over the garage. Recently the seller painted the deck and stairs to the lake. Yes, there is some elevation here. That’s why the view is so great. The stairs are sturdy and there are a couple of log benches to rest and soak in the view.

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And, if this isn’t enough, there is a navigable channel between Bond and Leader Lake. Although each has its own character, both of these deep, clear lakes are often mentioned together as one hyphenated name. There’s even a Bond Leader Lake Road in the neighborhood.

Leader Lake is a limited-access lake; its only public access is by canoe or kayak from a carry-in landing just off Bass Lake Road. Or, you can launch your boat on Bond Lake and follow the channel that connects the two lakes.

If you’d like to see this home on Bond Lake please don’t hesitate to give me a call. Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin at 218-590-6634.

Beautiful log home on a clear NW Wisconsin lake

N13748 Coyote Dr, Minong, WI

This spectacular 4 BR, 3 bath log home overlooks clear, deep Middle Kimball Lake.

Now with improved price: $485,000.

(The Kimball Chain of Lakes is located in northwest Wisconsin, west of Minong and not far from Nancy Lake, Gilmore Lake, and the Minong Flowage.) This lake home was custom-built on 3.07 private acres with 200’ of sand bottom lake frontage. It features two fireplaces, an indoor grill, a four-season sunroom, newer appliances, a rec room with a wet bar, and a two-car garage.

This classic up-north lake home has some unique special touches.

One of the first things you’ll notice when you step inside: The custom hand-made stained-glass panels that run the full length of the main-level great room and dining room. Another unique touch, this one in the lower-level family room: a built-in indoor gas grill right next to the second fireplace. Perfect for grilling on a rainy October evening or a sunny January afternoon. To learn more, and to schedule a showing, just give me a call at (218) 590-6634. Or, you can reach me at jeanhedren@edinarealty.com.
The Kimball chain of lakes is located in northwestern Washburn County, in between Nancy Lake and the Minong Flowage.  These three lakes have a combined area of around 270 acres, and each has its own character.  These vital stats are a clue:
  • Upper Kimball Lake covers 44 acres, with a shoreline of 1.2 miles, a maximum depth of 11 feet, a mean depth of 5 feet, and secchi disk readings that exceed its maximum depth.
  • Middle Kimball Lake covers 98 acres, with a shoreline of 1.5 miles, a maximum depth of 77 feet, a mean depth of 31 feet, and secchi disk readings of around 19 feet.
  • Lower Kimball Lake covers 129 acres, with a shoreline of 2.5 miles, a maximum depth of 6 feet, a mean depth of 4 feet, and secchi disk readings of around 4 feet.
As you might guess, Upper and Lower Kimball Lakes are both relatively shallow and weedy.  Middle Kimball Lake, however, is one of the deepest and coldest lakes in the area.  In all three lakes, you’ll find northerns, largemouth bass, and panfish.  Middle Kimball Lake also has a few walleyes. Most years the connecting channels allow a medium-size boat to access all three lakes. Property details: N13748 Coyote Dr, Minong, WI.

Handy hunting reference – 2018 Wisconsin Hunting and Trapping Seasons

2018 Wisconsin Hunting and Trapping Seasons dnr.gov