Quick Tip Tuesday: 6 Property Pitfalls

When things go bad with your property, it can be expensive. Here is a list of 6 potential pitfalls on your property and how much it might cost to fix. (info from MSN)

#1 - Fixing a poorly built retaining wall

 

“Most concrete professionals will charge around $800 to $1,000 to fill in cracks and backfill a wall. If your retaining wall has more extensive damage, you might pay upwards of $10,000 to $15,000.”

 

wall

 

 

#2 - Filling in an inground pool

 

“Your DIY options include concrete or dirt. This could cost you almost nothing if you can find some fill dirt in your area or enough to cover the cost of concrete delivery.

 

If you hire a professional, it could potentially cost $6,000 to $15,000 depending on the complexity of the project.”

 

pool

 

 

#3 - Removing a fire pit

 

“If you don’t want a fire pit in your backyard, you can have it filled with dirt, gravel or concrete. Clean fill dirt — made of soil and rocks — costs about $5 to $12 per cubic yard at home-improvement stores and can be delivered for a fee. Another option is to buy gravel for $4 to $20 per ton and fill the hole that way.”

 

fire

 

#4 - Turning a gravel yard to grass or vice versa

 

“Grass seeds come in a variety of types and prices vary, averaging $5 to $10 for 1 to 5 pounds (200 to 1,000 square feet). Sod is another option and costs $1,700 to $2,300 to install depending on square footage.

 

If you don’t want to maintain a lawn, you can have a gravel backyard instead. The cost to deliver rocks typically ranges from $700 to $1,000 depending on the amount you will need.”

 

gravel

 

#5 - Burying overhead power lines

 

“Overhead power lines can dissuade trees and tall structures[...]If you want power lines buried near your home, the power company might charge anywhere from $700 (Florida) to $10,000 (Austin, Texas).”

 

power

 

#6 - Regrading a slope

 

“The cost to re-slope a lawn averages between $1,600 and $2,300 depending on square footage and overall scope of the project. You may also consider a retaining wall if you don’t want to dig up the lawn.”

 

regrade

 

 

 

A Neighbor’s Review: 4326 Seneca, Fort Collins, CO 80526

4326 Seneca, Fort Collins, Colorado

4326 Seneca, Fort Collins, Colorado

This home needs a family! It is in such a great location to take advantage of schools, parks, pool and trails that some lucky family will love it. With four bedrooms on the second floor and an in-law suite in the basement, it would make living easy. The backyard is large and very private. There are fruit trees and grapes growing everywhere and even over the pergola above the back deck. On a hot day, I would enjoy the shade from this landscaping and never move.

 

Other important details to know include:  5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3,332 square feet, 2 car garage, circular drive and vaulted ceilings.

 

This home is listed at $359,000 and is listed by Jeff Williams of Jeff Williams Real Estate. Please feel free to call your 8z Realtor, Brandon Bidwell to view this property and it would be our pleasure to assist you with this or any property that interests you.

 

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4326 Seneca, Fort Collins, CO 80526
MLS # 739906

 

 

My ratings (from 1 to 5 stars):

I would hang out in the yard/patio/deck/balcony *****
I won’t have to change a thing after we close ****
My score on family friendliness *****
My score on pet friendliness ***** (fenced yard and and great walking neighborhood)

 

A Neighbor’s Review: 3909 Westfield Court, Fort Collins, CO 80526

3909 Westfield Court, Fort Collins, CO

3909 Westfield Court, Fort Collins, CO

This home is bright and spacious. Let’s start with the backyard which has a gazebo, water feature and gorgeous well-planned landscaping. It is reminds me of “The Secret Garden” without the walls. Inside the home, just off the master bedroom is a bonus room that currently holds a grand piano, but would make a nice office or nursery. There are two other main floor bedrooms attached by a jack and jill and a solo bedroom/bathroom with a balcony on the upper level that would be good for a teen or live-in-nanny. If you need more living space or bedrooms, the unfinished basement is so large you could nearly fit a bowling lane there. The home is close to an elementary school, middle school, neighborhood park and a swimming pool.

 

Other important details to know include:  4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 5332 square feet, 3 car garage, many upgrades.

 

This home is listed at $535,000 and is listed by Pam Collier of Cb Devonshire North. Please feel free to call your 8z Realtor, Brandon Bidwell to view this property and it would be our pleasure to assist you with this or any property that interests you.

 

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3909 Westfield, Fort Collins, CO 80526
MLS # 739210

 

 

 

 

My ratings (from 1 to 5 stars):

I would hang out in the yard/patio/deck/balcony *****
I won’t have to change a thing after we close ****
My score on family friendliness *****
My score on pet friendliness ** (no fenced yard and but great walking neighborhood)

 

Quick Tip Tuesday: Adding A Bath

renovation - planning

 

In 2011 bathrooms became more important to home buyers than kitchens. When people are narrowing down houses to look at, one of the first considerations is number of beds and baths. If there aren’t enough of either, it doesn’t even make the list.

 

Once you’re included in “the list” because you meet the basic requirements, you’re still going to get the financial benefit of adding a bathroom. A half bath can add up to 10.5% to a home’s value. And a full bath can add an additional 20%. These numbers will vary based on your specific market, but they will give you a general idea of what you can expect.

 

 

 

 

4300 Table Mesa Place, Fort Collins: A Willow Park Review

4300 Table Mesa Place was reviewed over the past few days in the Willow Park neighborhood in Fort Collins. Read below to find out more about 8z Real Estate’s take on the listing!

 

 

The Specs:IMG_20140718_101631_587

Address: 4300 Table Mesa Place, Fort Collins, CO 80526

Price: $249,000

Style: Tri-Level

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

Total Square Feet: 2,097

Approximate Lot Size Square Feet: 6,245

Year Built: 1989

Original List Date: 07/16/2014

Location: Willow Park

 

The Scoop:

The home at 4300 Table Mountain Pl is one of the best deals I’ve seen in Willow Park as of late. There is so much going for this updated Tri-Level with the lot alone. It’s situated just a block away from Troutman Park at the end of the street and is adjacent to the open space that separates Table Mountain Pl. from Blue Mountain Dr. The curb appeal was fantastic and the huge deck out back will surely appeal to those who enjoy spending time outdoors.

 

The only complaints I would imagine buyers may have had about this house were some of the interior paint colors (Plum, Mustard, Aqua Teal & Canary Yellow) and more importantly the lack of a true master bathroom.

 

4300 Table Mountain Pl. went under contract after just 3 days exposure to the market. I wasn’t surprised to hear that several parties expressed interest in this home. After looking at this place for myself I thought that the owners could have been asking $10,000-$15,000 more than they were at $249,000. The reason I say that is because I’m comparing this property to the less desirable, older houses currently under contract at 4313 Hummingbird Dr at $269,900 & 4324 Hummingbird Dr. at $275,000. Table Mountain is 150 square feet smaller than the houses on Hummingbird but has both of them beat hands down in every other respect!

 

The Score:

Below are our overall ratings for 4300 Table Mesa Place, Fort Collins, CO 80526:

Layout/Floor Plan: 3

Finishes: 4

Condition: 4

Curb Appeal/Landscaping: 5

Neighborhood/Outdoor Amenities: 5

Overall Value: 5

 

The listing agent for this property is Amy Black with Elevations Real Estate, Llc. For additional photos, a list of inclusions and the details on the home’s design features, click here to visit the property’s profile: 4300 Table Mesa Place, Fort Collins, CO 80526

 

Need a market expert’s assistance? To set up a showing to see this home contact 8z Broker Brandon Bidwell at 970-215-1573 or bidwell@8z.com.

 

Have you viewed the home above? Do you agree with our listing review? Let us know your comments below!

3818 Granite Ct, Fort Collins: A Four Seasons Review

3818 Granite Court was reviewed over the past few days in the Four Seasons neighborhood in Fort Collins. Read below to find out more about 8z Real Estate’s take on the listing!

 

 

The Specs:

3818 Granite Ct, Fort Collins

3818 Granite Ct, Fort Collins

 

Address: 3818 Granite Ct. Fort Collins, CO 80526

Price: $287,000

Original List Date: 07/05/2014

Style: Two Story

Year Built: 1986

Total Square Feet: 2,124

Approximate Lot Size Square Feet: 10,890

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4

Location: Four Seasons

 

 

The Scoop:

 

**Under Contract** I was impressed with my preview of 3818 Granite Ct. The home had some original finishes and a little updating but was very clean and obviously well cared for. My favorite feature here is the deep, private, nicely landscaped back yard. The Master Bedroom showcases vaulted ceilings and 2 closets! The only real complaint that some will have with this house is that one of the garage bays is extremely short and may only fit a small compact car.
This home has a lot going for it and will appeal to many buyers.
At $287,000 I felt that 3818 Granite Ct. was a pretty good deal. I certainly thought the owners could have been asking a little more and I’ll be surprised if this property doesn’t end up selling for more than the list price.

 

 

The Score:

 

Below are our overall ratings for 3818 Granite Ct. Fort Collins, CO 80526

Layout/Floor Plan: 4

Finishes: 3

Condition: 4

Curb Appeal/Landscaping: 5

Neighborhood/Outdoor Amenities: 5

Overall Value: 4

 

The listing agent for this property is Jerry Tomberlin with Resident Realty. For additional photos, a list of inclusions and the details on the home’s design features, click here to visit the property’s profile at 8z.com: 3818 Granite Ct. Fort Collins, CO 80526

 

 

Need a market expert’s assistance? To set up a showing to see this home contact 8z Broker Brandon Bidwell at 970-215-1573 or bidwell@8z.com.

 

Have you viewed the home above? Do you agree with our listing review? Let us know your comments below!

1042 Butte Pass Drive, Fort Collins: A Willow Park Review

1042 Butte Pass Drive was reviewed over the past few days in the Willow Park neighborhood in Fort Collins. Read below to find out more about 8z Real Estate’s take on the listing!

 

 

The Specs:IMG_20140714_112732_251

Address: 1042 Butte Pass Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80526

Price: $269,900

Style: Tri-Level

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3

Total Square Feet: 2,097

Approximate Lot Size Square Feet: 6,245

Year Built: 1987

Original List Date: 07/10/2014

Location: Willow Park

 

The Scoop:

There is a lot left to be desired at 1042 Butte Pass Dr. The exterior paint and deck need a noticeable amount of help with painting and the yard is far from being on par with the rest of Willow Park. The first thing you notice after opening the front door is the huge black stain in the carpet of the entrance stairway. That kind of sets the tone for the rest of the viewing of this property. At that point I couldn’t help but notice all the other issues this home has which is too bad because it’s actually a pretty cool floorplan for a Tri-Level.

 

This owner is certainly asking a lot at $269,900 for a house in this bad of condition on one of the least desirable lots in Willow Park (adjacent to Shields & backing up to the church). I would bet that they will need to re-evaluate their pricing strategy and improve the showing condition before they’re able to attract any interest.

 

The Score:

Below are our overall ratings for 1042 Butte Pass Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80526:

Layout/Floor Plan: 3

Finishes: 2

Condition: 1

Curb Appeal/Landscaping: 2

Neighborhood/Outdoor Amenities: 1

Overall Value: 1

 

The listing agent for this property is Jennifer Grindel with Re/max Alliance. For additional photos, a list of inclusions and the details on the home’s design features, click here to visit the property’s profile: 1042 Butte Pass Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80526

 

Need a market expert’s assistance? To set up a showing to see this home contact 8z Broker Brandon Bidwell at 970-215-1573 or bidwell@8z.com.

 

Have you viewed the home above? Do you agree with our listing review? Let us know your comments below!

3906 Benthaven Street, Fort Collins: A Four Seasons Review

3906 Benthaven Street was reviewed over the past few days in the Four Seasons neighborhood in Fort Collins. Read below to find out more about 8z Real Estate’s take on the listing!

 

 

The Specs:

3906 Benthaven Street

3906 Benthaven Street

 

Address: 3906 Benthaven St. Fort Collins, CO 80526

Price: $240,000

Original List Date: 07/07/2014

Style: Tri-level

Year Built: 1986

Total Square Feet: 1,707

Approximate Lot Size Square Feet: 6,641

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Location: Four Seasons

 

 

The Scoop:

 

This in a unique layout for a Tri-Level home. There are 2 bedrooms on the main level and the master is upstairs. The house itself is very original in terms of finishes but appears to be well taken care of. The best features it has going for it is the privacy of the back yard which is adjacent to the open space behind the home. That and the fact that it’s right around the corner from Lopez Elementary and Troutman Park give this property some great potential.

 

This is a nice opportunity for buyers who are interested in putting a little sweat equity into their home and pick their own remodeling updates.

 

When I previewed 3906 Benthaven St there had been at least 6 other realtors who had showed the home. It quickly went under contract a few days later on July 14th. I would expect that this house sells for very close to $240,000 if not a little more.

 

 

The Score:

 

Below are our overall ratings for 3906 Benthaven St. Fort Collins, CO 80526:

Layout/Floor Plan: 3

Finishes: 2

Condition: 3

Curb Appeal/Landscaping: 2

Neighborhood/Outdoor Amenities: 4

Overall Value: 4

 

The listing agent for this property is Beth Phillips with Group Harmony. For additional photos, a list of inclusions and the details on the home’s design features, click here to visit the property’s profile at 8z.com: 3906 Benthaven St. Fort Collins, CO 80526

 

 

Need a market expert’s assistance? To set up a showing to see this home contact 8z Broker Brandon Bidwell at 970-215-1573 or bidwell@8z.com.

 

Have you viewed the home above? Do you agree with our listing review? Let us know your comments below!

4401 Hummingbird Drive, Fort Collins: A Larkborough Review

4401 Hummingbird Dr was reviewed over the past few days in the Larkborough neighborhood in Fort Collins. Read below to find out more about 8z Real Estate’s take on the listing!

 

 

The Specs:

4401 Hummingbird Drive

4401 Hummingbird Drive

Address: 4401 Hummingbird Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80526

Price: $250,000

Style: 1 Story/Ranch

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Total Square Feet: 1,223

Approximate Lot Size Square Feet: 6,795

Year Built: 1980

Original List Date: 07/03/2014

Location: Larkborough

 

 

The Scoop:

 

This is a pretty nicely remodeled little home. I’m told the owners were planning on living here for a while when an opportunity with a job relocation came up.

 
When I previewed the place for myself I noticed that the curb appeal could use a little help with exterior trim that needed fresh paint. On the inside it looks as if the owners paid quite a bit of attention to details with all the updating. For a home this small the kitchen is huge! The soft close drawers and all the counter top space will please most chefs. There is also ample storage with all the closet space for a house this size. If the owners take care of the pet smell (which was pretty strong) I would imagine they will have some interest. As of right now (July 21st) this home has been available for 18 days.

 

This house will make a nice little place for a young couple, single individual or first time buyers with a small family.

 

 

The Score:

Below are our overall ratings for 4401 Hummingbird Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80526

Layout/Floor Plan: 2

Finishes: 5

Condition: 4

Curb Appeal/Landscaping: 3

Neighborhood/Outdoor Amenities: 4

Overall Value: 2

 

The listing agent for this property is Andrea Woodhams. For additional photos, a list of inclusions and the details on the home’s design features, click here to visit the property’s profile: 4401 Hummingbird Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80526

 

Need a market expert’s assistance? To set up a showing to see this home contact 8z Broker Brandon Bidwell at 970-215-1573 or bidwell@8z.com.

 

Have you viewed the home above? Do you agree with our listing review? Let us know your comments below!

3807 Granite Court: A Done Deal in Four Seasons

 

3807 Granite Ct, Fort Collins

3807 Granite Ct, Fort Collins

3807 Granite Court was just evaluated in the Four Seasons neighborhood in Fort Collins. Was this a good deal? Our 8z Neighborhood Expert knows and dishes the scoop on this recently sold home. Follow Troutman Park Pulse on Facebook!

 

Listed at: $295,000

Sold for: $296,000 with $2,608 in seller concessions towards the buyers closing costs and pre-paid expenses. 

 

This is an interesting example of the appreciation that Four Seasons has noticed over the last two years. 3807 Granite Ct. sold in June of 2012 for $253,900 with $650 in seller paid concessions towards the buyers closing costs. If we take the net (sales price minus seller concessions) sale of $293,392 this July and compare it to the net of $253,250 from the sale in 2012 there is a $40,142 difference. That is an increase of 15.85% in 25 months.

 

The home on Granite has a lot going for it. It was clean, well cared for and situated at the end of the cul-de-sac. With that and it’s proximity to Troutman Park & Lopez Elementary it’s easy to see why buyers have been willing to pay a premium for this property over the past couple years. With some modest updating I could certainly see this home being worth something in the mid $300′s in the very near future.

 

Need a market expert’s assistance? To see homes in the area contact 8z REALTOR Brandon Bidwell at brandon.bidwell@8z.com.

 

Have you viewed the home above? Do you agree with Brandon? Let us know! Please feel free to submit your comments below.