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Materials & Aesthetics

One of the most common questions we have gotten from our clients over the years across the country has always been the following:

What is more important at the end of the day when trying to maximize the overall value of my home, the materials that we use or what it is going to look like when it is all done?

Well unfortunately there is no one answer to that question and just like many other great questions in life, it depends.

What Can You Afford?

I think the best answer that we can put into words for anyone out there reading this is to try and find that perfect balance between the cost that you can afford to spend and aesthetic appeal.

drainJust like we mentioned before in regards to increasing your properties value by more than what you actually spend, it is important to not try and simply find the cheapest materials and contractors to do your job.

On the other hand, you don’t want to go overboard and spend more than you can really afford in hopes to make all of your money back because at the end of the day, there really is no guarantees in this business.

When deciding on what roofing materials (like the many seen here) will be used in an attempt to gain the full potential value of your home, don’t be afraid to ask your contractor about whatever information you would like to know. More often than not, they are more than happy to share the information that they know about their craft and educate you.

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The Ultimate Goal

Whether you are visiting our page as a home buyer or seller, there is one goal that you should have. That goal is ultimately to make money on the investment you are planning on making and in today’s market place that is not always an easy goal to obtain. Although the market as a whole isn’t as bad as we have seen in recent years (hopefully we won’t see a repeat), it still isn’t exactly thriving and our ultimate goal is to maximize your properties potential value.

Don’t Be Cheap!

When it comes to selling a home, you can generally count on gaining much more on your property than you probably spent when it comes to home renovations and improvements.

windowWhat we mean by this is that if you end up spending let’s say $1,500 to have your roof and siding redone on your home, you can generally expect the overall value of your home to go up by more than that amount if you plan on selling in the future.

So keeping that general logic in mind, we typically advise our clients to not be stingy when it comes to improving their home before they start trying to sell it. Keep in mind however, that this is a general rule of thumb and you shouldn’t always expect this number to greatly increase when it comes time to sell.

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After Weeding Out A Few

As we briefly mentioned before, don’t ever be afraid to ask whatever company or contractor that you want to hire for any form of paperwork in regards to insurance or liability. If they are not prepared to show you whatever you request immediately, then it is best to move on to the next choice.

Be Picky!

Something that we here at Chautauqua Real Estate have always told our clients is to never be afraid to be picky about who you hire! You are spending your hard earned money on something that you hope to eventually make you money someday (or at least break even!) and a lot of this will depend on who you hire to do the job.

chaut3Like we talked about before, we generally only work with and deal with homes that are on the more expensive end of the spectrum which requires us to only work with companies and contractors that have been around for years and have made a reputation for themselves.

Click here for an example of the kind of general & roofing contractors we are referring to. The license number is given right at the top and they don’t appear to have anything to hide. Everything seems to check out and if you are worried about anything, don’t hesitate to call the company directly and have them address any questions or concerns you may have.

Now click here for a short list of some of the things we advise any of our clients to look out for when they are searching for the perfect contractor. Although they listed no insurance and paperwork as #5, we tend to believe that this is one of the most important things you can do and feel that it should be more towards the top of the list.

How do you feel about the order of this list?

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Spreading The Chautauqua Ideas

There are many reasons that we have seen the success that we have in the past here at Chautauqua Real Estates in regards to the home market. We primarily focused on the more luxuries of properties and we only dealt with buyers and sellers who were as serious as we were in real estate and home upkeep.

There are many components to maintaining a home that we considered at the level comparable to the work we did in our real estate business and many ways to meet these standards.

One of the most important things that anyone in the housing market can do to increase the overall property value of their home is to always hire professional, insured, and licensed contractors for any architectural or structural work. Finding the right contractors isn’t always the easiest of tasks but don’t worry, because there are many things that we can help explain to you in order to maximize your home’s potential.

The first things we can discuss is what to avoid. There are a few major “red flags” that you can spot early on when meeting potential contractors for your job and the most important thing is what we already discussed above. If a contractor doesn’t have the necessary paperwork on file and up to date, it is time that you find another contractor.

This should be obvious but you would be shocked at how many clients we have taken on who neglected to request such paperwork.

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Chautauqua Lake & County

Chautauqua Lake

Chautauqua Lake was formed during the glacial period. Before that time, it is possible that the northern end of the lake, then only a river, drained into Lake Erie as the streams north of the dividing ridge still do today. Formation of the ridge, however, blocked the river’s flow and elevated it high enough so that it joined with the southward flowing river and formed the 17-mile lake we know today.

Chautauqua Lake, lying southeast to northwest across the county at an elevation of 1,308 feet above sea level, is one of the highest navigable lakes in the nation.

The French spelled the lake’s Indian name several ways. Maps and reports by Jesuits and explorers who traveled through or near the region by the 1700s exhibit the individual versions: Tchadakoin, Tjadakoin, Chataconit, Shatacoin, Jadaxque, Jadaaqua. The Holland Land Company, on its 1804 maps, spelled it Chautaughque. The “gh” was soon dropped, but the final “que” remained until 1859 when it was changed to its present “qua”.

Chautauqua County

Chautauqua County and Lake Chautauqua are located in the westernmost part of New York State. A resort area centered around famed Chautauqua Lake. Its western border is Lake Erie.

Again, just giving a little background on our origins.

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Chautauqua County Information

The County lies approximately 70 miles southwest of Buffalo, 50 miles northeast of Erie, PA and is served by major airports in those cities as well as Chautauqua County Airport. Interstate routes I-86 and I-90 connect with major eastern, Canadian and western cities and markets.

Our climate is varied, parts being tempered by Lake Erie and parts at higher altitudes providing cool summers and snow cover for three major ski resort areas. Our average summer temperature is 77 degrees and our winters average 32 degrees.

It is home to the world famed Chautauqua Institution and four other major resort and vacation regions, providing a wide variety of spring, summer, fall and winter activities. One can find boating, fishing, hiking, downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, cycling, snowmobiling, Amish handicrafts, hunting, antiquing, concerts, and art shows to name a few!

Some say Chautauqua (shah tau’ qua) is a Seneca Indian name meaning “Bag Tied in the Middle”. A look at the map shows the name fits the lake. It is 17.3 miles long and boasts some of the best fishing opportunities in the country whether you’re a novice or an avid angler. Bass, muskie, walleye, perch, and crappie are just some you will pull in.

Here you will also find some of the most affordable housing in the country, as well as excellent schools and universities, museums, churches and a wholesome life style supported through agriculture, manufacturing, education and a cultural heritage.

Although we were originally based here, the information we will be discussing can obviously be applied anywhere.