The Top 10 Residential Real Estate Upgrades!

By | January 27, 2016

Considering a sale or merely want to improve your residential real estate in the most efficient and cost effective way?

When making improvements to a residential property one thought (but certainly not the only thought) should be about how much of the cost you may eventually recoup in a sale.

Another thought should concern focusing on making those changes that make financial sense both for today and into the future.

This morning I had the opportunity to listen to a presentation that was given by Rich Collett, the owner of Kings Bay Inspection Services that in 2016 is celebrating its 20th year in business.

Kings Bay is the go-to real estate inspection firm in the Long Island and New York City region for homeowners, homebuyers and for professionals who provide guidance to buyers and sellers. For specific questions not covered here Rich can be contacted at

Top 10 Upgrades To Consider For Your Home

$ – Cost Range

1. Lighting: $

– Incandescent vs. CFL vs. LED

– Focus on most frequently used lighting fixtures

– Purchase quality products

– Upgrade dimmers and timers

– Color

2. Insulation and Weather Sealing: $

– Focus on the attic

– Focus on weather sealing all openings: doors, windows, outlets, hose spigots

3. Gutter System: $-$$

– Clean gutters and downspouts

– Re-route discharge from the upper roof off of the lower roof

– Spiked vs. Bracket Installation

– Downspout discharge away from foundation. Consider drywells.

4. Domestic Hot Water System: $$-$$$

– Hot Water Heaters

– Instantaneous Hot Water Heaters

– Stainless Steel Hot Water Storage Tanks

– Improved Safety Devices

5. Electrical System:  $$$-$$$$

– Amperage 100, 200, 250, 300 (2X150), 400 (2X200)

– Whole House Surge Protector – EATON model #chspt2ultra

– AFCI breakers

6. Appliances:  $$-$$$$

– Energy Star

– Focus on refrigerators, dishwashers, and window a/c units

– Water Usage

7. Heating: $$$$

– Oil vs. Gas Conversions

– Efficiency Considerations

– New Safety Devices

8. Central Air Conditioning:  $$$$$

– R22 vs R410A

– Efficiency Considerations

– Multi-Stage Fans and Compressors

9. Roof:  $$$$-$$$$$

– 30-year Architectural

– Skylights and Flashing

– Layers

– High Wind Installations

– Ice and Water Shield

10. Windows:  $$$$$

– Old vs. New

– Brands: Anderson, Pella, Marvin, Renewal, Vinyl Replacement

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Michael Haltman is President of Hallmark Abstract Service in New York. He can be reached at

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