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NEW LISTING! 1950 Gentryside Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 50495762

In Buying a Home, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Schools, Selling your home, Uncategorized on June 19, 2018 at 6:13 pm

NEW LISTING! 1950 Gentryside Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 50495762

Beautiful town home in peaceful private gated community in the heart of the energy corridor. Open flowing floor plan with gorgeous new wood floors throughout first floor living areas. Enter your new home with nice big dining or a nice sized study just inside foyer. Generous kitchen with tons of cabinets opens to huge living area with high ceilings and a wall of windows for plenty of natural light opens to your own private backyard with patio and new fence. Master retreat with huge walk in closet plus guest bedroom with its own private bath. Relax or entertain in the private gated community pool area. Walking distance to highly rated Ray Daily Elementary and The Village School private school. High and dry, never flooded.

HAR Link: https://www.har.com/1950-gentryside-drive/sale_50495762

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in or around Houston or the Energy Corridor, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com

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Budget Kitchen Remodeling: 5 Money-Saving Steps

In Buying a Home, Home Upgrades, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home, Terry Hershey Park, Uncategorized on February 7, 2018 at 4:03 pm

Major kitchen remodels are among the most popular home improvements, but a revamped cooking and gathering space can set you back a pretty penny. According to the “2015 Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, a complete renovation of a 210-square-foot kitchen has a national median cost of $60,000, and you’ll recover 67% of that cost come selling time.

Despite the big price tag, you’ll be glad you upgraded. In fact, homeowners polled for the “Report” gave their kitchen redo a Joy Score of 9.8 — a rating based on those who said they were happy or satisfied with their remodeling, with 10 being the highest rating and 1 the lowest.

If you can’t afford the entire remodel all at once, complete the work in these five budget-saving stages.

Stage One: Start with a Complete Design Plan

Your plan should be comprehensive and detailed — everything from the location of the refrigerator to which direction the cabinet doors will open to whether you need a spice drawer.

To save time (and money) during tear-out and construction, plan on using your existing walls and kitchen configuration. That’ll keep plumbing and electrical systems mostly intact, and you won’t have the added expense — and mess — of tearing out walls.

Joseph Feinberg, vice president of Allied Kitchen and Bath in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recommends hiring a professional designer, such as an architect or a certified kitchen designer, who can make sure the details of your plans are complete. You’ll pay about 10% of the total project for a pro designer, but you’ll save a whole bunch of headaches that would likely cost as much — or more — to fix. Plus, a pro is likely to offer smart solutions you hadn’t thought of.

For a nominal fee, you also can get design help from a major home improvement store. However, you’ll be expected to purchase some of your cabinets and appliances from that store.

  • Cost: professional designer: $5,800 (10% of total)
  • Key strategies: Once your plans are set, you can hold onto them until you’re ready to remodel.
  • Time frame: 3 to 6 months

Stage Two: Order the Cabinets, Appliances, and Lighting Fixtures

Cabinets and appliances are the biggest investments in your kitchen remodeling project. If you’re remodeling in stages, you can order them any time after the plans are complete and store them in a garage (away from moisture) or in a spare room until you’re ready to pull the trigger on the installation.

Remember that it may take four to six weeks from the day you order them for your cabinets to be delivered.

Related: How to Choose Stock Cabinets for Your Kitchen

If you can’t afford all new appliances, keep your old ones for now — but plan to buy either the same sizes, or choose larger sizes and design your cabinets around those larger measurements. You can replace appliances as budget permits later on.

The same goes for your lighting fixtures: If you can live with your old ones for now, you’ll save money by reusing them.

You’ll have to decide about flooring, too — one of the trickier decisions to make because it also affects how and when you install cabinets.

You’ll need to know if your old flooring runs underneath your cabinets, or if the flooring butts up against the cabinet sides and toe kicks. If the flooring runs underneath, you’ll have some leeway for new cabinet configurations — just be sure the old flooring will cover any newly exposed floor areas. Here are points to remember:

  • Keep old flooring for cost savings. This works if your new cabinets match your old layout, so that the new cabinets fit exactly into the old flooring configuration. If the existing flooring runs underneath your cabinets and covers all flooring area, then any new cabinet configuration will be fine.
  • Keep your old flooring for now and cover it or replace it later. Again, this works if your cabinet configuration is identical to the old layout.

However, if you plan to cover your old flooring or tear it out and replace it at some point in the future, remember that your new flooring might raise the height of your floor, effectively lowering your cabinet height.

For thin new floor coverings, such as vinyl and linoleum, the change is imperceptible. For thicker floorings, such as wood and tile, you might want to take into account the change in floor height by installing your new cabinets on shims.

  • Cost: cabinets: $16,000 (27% of total); appliances and lighting fixtures: $8,500 (15% of total); vinyl flooring: $1,000 (2% of total)
  • Key strategy: Keep old appliances, lighting fixtures, and flooring and use them until you can afford new ones.
  • Time frame: 2 to 3 weeks

Stage Three: Gut the Kitchen and Do the Electrical and Plumbing Work

Here’s where the remodel gets messy. Old cabinetry and appliances are removed, and walls may have to be opened up for new electrical circuits. Keep in close contact with your contractor during this stage so you can answer questions and clear up any problems quickly. A major kitchen remodel can take six to 10 weeks, depending on how extensive the project is.

During this stage, haul your refrigerator, microwave, and toaster oven to another room — near the laundry or the garage, for example — so you’ve got the means to cook meals. Feinberg suggests tackling this stage in the summer, when you can easily grill and eat outside. That’ll reduce the temptation to eat at restaurants, and will help keep your day-to-day costs under control.

  • Cost: $14,500 for tear-out and installation of new plumbing and electrical (25% of total)
  • Key strategies: Encourage your contractor to expedite the tear-out and installation of new systems. Plan a makeshift kitchen while the work is progressing. Schedule this work for summer when you can grill and eat outside.
  • Time frame: 6 to 10 weeks

Stage Four: Install Cabinets, Countertops, Appliances, Flooring, and Fixtures

If you’ve done your homework and bought key components in advance, you should roll through this phase. You’ve now got a (mostly) finished kitchen.

A high-end countertop and backsplash can be a sizable sum of money. If you can’t quite swing it, put down a temporary top, such as painted marine plywood or inexpensive laminate. Later, you can upgrade to granite, tile, solid surface, or marble.

  • Cost: $12,000 (21% of total)
  • Key strategy: Install an inexpensive countertop; upgrade when you’re able.
  • Time frame: 1 to 2 weeks

Final Phases: Upgrade if Necessary

Replace the inexpensive countertop, pull up the laminate flooring, and put in tile or hardwood, or buy that new refrigerator you wanted but couldn’t afford during the remodel. (Just make sure it fits in the space!)

By: Gretchen Roberts

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in the Energy Corridor, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

One Story in Gated Section of Parkway Villages – 1146 Sienna Hill Drive -MLS# 65560531

In Buying a Home, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Parkway Villages, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home, Uncategorized on January 27, 2017 at 10:42 am

One Story in Gated Section of Parkway Villages – 1146 Sienna Hill Drive -MLS# 65560531

1146 Sienna Hill DriveBeautiful one story gated section Parkway Villages Sienna Cove. Open floor plan, with high ceilings and wood floors in all living areas. Island kitchen with gas cooktop and corian countertops opens to spacious living area with wall of windows for abundant natural light and beautiful garden views. New tile and carpet bedrooms and bathrooms. Two bedrooms plus private study with built-ins that could be 3rd bedroom. Retreat to your huge master suite with jetted tub and separate shower. Relaxing back patio. Walking distance to Terry Hershey Park, Energy Corridor shops and restaurants.

HAR Link: http://www.har.com/1146-Sienna-Hill-Drive/sale_65560531

Do you have real estate questions?   Contact Connie Vallone at (713) 249-4177 or connie@knowsrealestate.com or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com.

NEW LISTING! MLS# 4933301 – 12455 Briar Forest Drive, Houston, TX 77077

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2014 at 4:58 pm

NEW LISTING! MLS# 4933301 – 12455 Briar Forest Drive, Houston, TX 77077

12455 Briar Forest Drive, Houston, TX 77077Beautiful updated home in highly desirable Ashford Forest. Light and bright kitchen with granite counter tops opens to den with fireplace and solid oak hardwood flooring. Retreat to your own private oasis backyard with screened in newly plastered sparkling pool. Fresh paint, new carpet upstairs and lots of updates. Huge master upstairs plus three more bedrooms, walk in closets. Two living areas, one could easily be study. Walk to Terry Hershey Park walking/bike trails. Neighborhood pools and tennis courts.

HAR  http://search.har.com/engine/12455-Briar-Forest-Drive-Houston-TX-77077_HAR4933301.htm

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

Shell Expansion in Houston’s Energy Corridor

In Employers Houston Energy Corridor, Employers in West Houston, Houston Energy Corridor, Local Business, Oil and Gas companies in Houston, Relocating to West Houston, Uncategorized, West Houston on August 26, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Royal Dutch Shell is  expanding its corporate offices  just off I-10  in West Houston’s Energy Corridor located at 200 N. Dairy Ashford.

The energy-efficient LEED-NC Gold rated building includes to a 30,000-square-foot amenities center that includes a gym and conference center. These will include fitness, recreational and social areas, coffee bars, concentration spaces, technology-supported collaboration areas and a range of breakout spaces.

The Energy Source – The Energy Corridor’s Districts Newsletter reported that

“With traffic and roadway congestion being key issues for the Energy Corridor District, Shell has taken traffic into consideration as part of the development of the conceptual design of the facility. As such, Shell has prepared a traffic study on the existing and new site, presented the study to the Texas Department of Transportation and are incorporating TxDOT’s recommendations into the design.

Connie Vallone – connie@knowsrealestae.com  713 249 4177

NEW LEASE LISTING! 13906 Roxton Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 93379504

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2013 at 9:10 pm

NEW LEASE LISTING! 13906 Roxton Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 93379504

13906 Roxton DriveBeautiful home located in the heart of the Energy Corridor in gated section of Parkway Villages/Charlton Park. Hardwood floors, plantation shutters, crown molding, beautiful landscaping, leaded front door. Open flowing floor plan with island kitchen, huge master retreat downstairs plus three more bedrooms, gameroom and extra room upstairs. Walking distance to Terry Hershey Park, highly rated public and private schools. Washer, dryer, refrigerator and some furniture included.

HAR Link: http://search.har.com/engine/13906-Roxton-Drive-Houston-TX-77077_HAR93379504.htm

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

Social Media and Your Real Estate Transaction

In Buying a Home, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Selling your home, Social Media, Uncategorized, West Houston on May 15, 2013 at 10:49 pm
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Buyer or seller beware!   It’s really exciting sometimes frustrating when you finally get or make an offer on your home or a home you want to buy.   So it’s natural to want to share with your friends the exciting news or sometimes vent a frustrating real estate  situation.

What you may not realize is Facebook or any other social media site is NOT the place to do this.   Keep in mind it’s the internet and anyone including the party you are in negotiations with can look you up and find out everything you are sharing.   It’s such a common practice that in my last contract negotiation class the instructor advised us to look up the other parties on Facebook, LinkedIn , Twitter and anywhere else we could find them just see what they are saying.   I can tell from a seller comments how motivated and excited they really are about our offer!

So keep it quiet until after closing and then share with everyone how happy you are and don’t forget refer your agent –

Connie Vallone First Market Realty 713 249 4177 connie@connievallone.com

www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com   or www.vallonehomes.com

NEW LISTING! 14026 Pinerock Lane, Houston, TX 77079 – MLS# 55862084

In Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Uncategorized on November 30, 2012 at 6:35 pm

NEW LISTING! 14026 Pinerock Lane, Houston, TX 77079 – MLS# 55862084

14026 Pinerock LaneWonderful one story lovingly maintained home ready for your personal touches. This is your chance to live in desirable Nottingham West zoned to Spring Branch School District. Quiet street. Four bedrooms, 2 living areas, 2 bathrooms, beautiful HUGE lot with mature trees. Nice and bright! New Air Conditioner in May 2011, Iron driveway gate and sprinklers front and backyards.

HAR Link: http://search.har.com/engine/14026-Pinerock-Lane-Houston-TX-77079_HAR55862084.htm

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in the Houston Energy Corridor, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit

www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com

 

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2012 at 3:27 pm

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E-Recycle Day in Houston’s Energy Corridor November 17th,2012

In Employers in West Houston, Houston Charity Events, Houston Energy Corridor, Local Business, Local Events, Local events, Oil and Gas companies in Houston, Recycling in West Houston, Uncategorized, West Houston on October 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm
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Bring your old unwanted  CPUs, monitors, keyboards, laptops, power cords, printers, televisions, fax machines, cell phones and batteries to be e-recycled Saturday November 17th, 2012 to the ConocoPhillops Parking Lot located at the northwest corner of N. Eldridge and N. Dairy Ashford.     Sponsered by BP – British Petroleum, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and The EnergyCorridor District 

You may also  bring personal documents, photographs, diskettes, micro-fiche, CD-ROMS, videotapes and cassette tapes – on site shredding will be provided by Shred Pro.   Cloths, shoes and toys recycling will be provided by American Textile Recycling Services.

Connie Vallone, First Market Realty 713 249 4177  www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com or www.vallonehomes.com