Home improvement projects were all the rage during quarantine as more and more people spent time indoors. But the trend isn’t stopping yet. Many are taking advantage of the savings from lockdown and improving their home’s comfort. Discover Home Loans survey revealed that 58% of people are planning home improvement projects this year. 83% of those said a more comfortable home was their primary motivator. Here are the most popular and affordable home renovation trends for comfort this year.
According to a HomeAdvisor survey, a bathroom remodel is the most popular planned renovation this year. The bathroom is a place we spent a lot of time in, so it must be comfortable, efficient, and practical. Modern toilets, faucets, and showerheads are aesthetically pleasing and also help conserve water and lower costs.
The average bathroom remodel cost last year was $13,401, according to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Report. While this may seem like a lot, this is more economical than a kitchen renovation that costs an average of $35,000.
HomeAdvisor reported that interior painting was the most popular project and the second most planned project this year. This project has an average cost of $2,007, which is the best inexpensive upgrade that significantly impacts the home.
If you’re painting to sell your home, it’s best to choose neutral colors. Neutrals will work with any style and help the buyer visualize their furniture in your home.
This popular and affordable project is the third most planned renovation project this year. It has an average cost of $4,680. Replacing old and worn carpet, tile, or wood will increase the home’s comfort and add a unique design feature. This is beneficial since it makes the home more attractive if you’re selling.
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Owning an Austin rental property in 2020 during the pandemic will continue to be both challenging and an opportunity. Economic changes could create unrest for tenants, and shifts in leasing requirements have proven to provide unique hurdles for landlords. When it comes to handling your property, you need to know what you can do about write-offs.
In 2020, you can still deduct mortgage interest and real estate taxes on your rental properties as well as all of the typical operating expenses. Keep careful track of your spending, and make sure to deduct accurately to avoid paying higher taxes than need be.
Also, consider your depreciation. A tax-savings can be found on residential buildings over the age of 27.5 years, where you can depreciate the cost even when the value is increasing. There are additional depreciation opportunities with commercial buildings over the age of 39 as well as expenditures on nonresidential building roofs, HVAC systems, and alarm and security systems.
These are the most simple deductions, but there are many other, more complex tax matters to consider. If you are managing properties, be sure to speak with a qualified accountant about your options. If you need a trusted referral, please contact Dona Brown.
If managing properties in Austin is getting overwhelming, it might be time to try a local, professional Property Manager that can help boost your return on investment. Contact Dona Brown, Talk Property Management, to discuss your needs and options. 512-721-1094.
Property management in a normal market is a complex industry. There are several complicated moving parts from understanding the current real estate market to staying informed of changing leasing and fair housing laws. Now, take that complex market and add the impact of COVID-19, and property management has become a moving target.
What do you need to know regarding leasing and property management in Austin during the COVID-19 concerns?
Tenants who are having trouble paying rent or other fees due to COVID-19 complications can establish a temporary, flexible payment plan with property owners and landlords. As a Texas REALTOR®, you can access the agreement form by clicking here.
Although tenants have the right to ask for assistance in payments, they cannot refuse access to the property in fear of virus-related consequences. They must follow current agreements for entering the property, and if property owners choose to screen those viewing the home, they must follow fair housing guidelines. However, if the tenant is at a higher risk of developing an illness, they may have different rights. When considering accessing a home with a fearful tenant, property owners and managers should move slowly and carefully with respect for the safety of everyone involved.
Residents struggling with the effects of current health concerns may find themselves well underwater; however, the Texas Supreme Court has suspended all eviction hearings through May 18th, 2020, as well as put other restrictions in place such as prohibiting posting evictions through May 25th, 2020.
An owner and property manager must pay close attention to evolving guidelines in handling tenant nonpayment issues. As health concerns twist and turn current tenant rights and leasing laws, income property owners need to stay up to date on the latest legislation.
If you have questions or concerns regarding property management and rental homes, please do not hesitate to contact Dona Brown with Talk Property Management. Our years of experience make us a reliable resource in Austin. 512-721-1094.