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Return on home improvements

So perhaps you’ve been thinking of doing some home improvements and curious about the return you’d receive when you sold your home.  Well I’ve put together a list of improvements with the job cost, resale value and the cost % recouped.  This info is taken from the Cost vs. Value Report 2009-10.  For the complete list of cost vs value go to

These prices are for the Mountain region and the Denver market in particular.  They are for a midrange job (vs. an upscale job).   So if you are about to take on a minor or major home improvement project have a look at your return and consider if it’s worth the time, money and effort.

                                                 JOB COST          RESALE VALUE         COST RECOUPED

ATTIC BEDROOM:               $46, 239                       $34,902                            75.5% 

BASEMENT REMODEL       $58,743                       $45,170                            76.9%

BATHROOM ADDITION    $36,987                       $21,410                             57.9%

BATHROOM REMODEL     $15,296                        $10,765                            70.4%

DECK ADDITION (COMP)  $15,145                       $10,620                            70.1%

DECK ADDITION (WOOD) $10,608                      $8,395                               79.1%

FAMILY ROOM ADDTN     $78,525                      $53,169                            67.7%

GARAGE ADDITION            $56,141                       $35,192                           62.7%

MAJOR KITCHEN REM       $55,336                      $40,382                           73.0%

MASTER SUITE ADD            $98,595                      $65,628                           66.6%

MINOR KITCHEN REM        $20,805                     $15,944                            76.6%    

ROOFING REPLACE              $17,727                     $12,531                             70.7%

TWO-STORY ADDITION      $150,260                  $105,494                          70.2%

WINDOW REPLACE(VINL) $10,239                     $8,006                               78.2%

WINDOW REPLACE WOOD  $11,156                     $8,888                                79.7% 

Hopefully this gives some insight into the bang for the buck in home improvement projects.  If you need any assistance on any other home value  matters and how it relates to your resale, please feel free to call or email me anytime.  Or if you are in the Denver Metro area and would like a price valuation on your home, give me a ring I’d be happy to do this free of charge.

Kirk A Hartshorn    720-244-5454   RIDE ON!


They’re here: West Wash Park Stickers!

I’m sure you’ve been wondering “Hey, how do I get one of those cool WWP stickers I keep seeing around town?” 

 “That would look so rad on my roof rack

in the rear window of my car   

on my kids Burly bike trailer, on my snowboard,

the window in my front door   

on the front of my laptop,

 gosh, there’s just so many great places I can see putting one of those”. 

Well friends, neighbors and lovers of all that is West Wash Park, wonder no longer. 

To date I have only dropped off these stickers,  free to all, at 6 businesses in West Wash Park, and here they are:

Wash Perk at 853 E. Ohio Ave.  720-542-9209

Cycle Analyst at 722 S Pearl St.  303-722-3004

La Belle Rosette at 712 1/2 S Pearl St.  303-733-0480

Vert Kitchen at 704 S. Pearl St.  303-997-5941

Powerhouse Gym at 300 E. Alameda Ave. 720-249-4896

Pet Wash Park at 799 S. Pearl St  303-777-7371 

If you stop by one of these fine West Wash Park establishments, get yourself a super cool WWP sticker and of course support that local business while you’re there.  If you find they’re out of WWP stickers, drop me an email, give me a call, comment on the blog site and I will re-stock in a jiffy.

If you’d like to see your favorite West Wash Park establishment have WWP stickers available (free) for their customers, let me know and I’ll see if they’d like to be part of the WWP craze.

Thanks again for your visits to Westwasparkliving blog.  If you have any particular businesses you’d like to see blogged about or any particular West Wash Park issues you’d like to see discussed here, email me and I’ll see to it that I address it. 

I realize that not everyone that visits this site lives in West Wash Park or for that matter in Denver.  Perhaps you used to live in this area and would love to have a WWP sticker to represent the neighborhood you grew up in or lived in for years.  Or maybe you just think it’ s a cool sticker you’d love to have.  I’ll tell you what, email me your address and I’ll mail you a WWP sticker. 

Until next time…Ride on!

Kirk Hartshorn  720-244-5454

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