Remodeling ROI

Our clients constantly ask us to come to their homes and tell them which remodeling or updating projects they should consider before listing their homes with us.

Well, “that depends,” we say.

Whether you’re dying to update your kitchen, add a half-bath, or kick back on a brand-new deck, it pays off big-time to know just what kind of return on investment your dream renovation might deliver.

You’re in luck. Remodeling magazine has just released its annual Cost vs. Value report, which analyzes what you’ll pay for various upgrades – and how much you’ll recoup on that investment when you sell your home.

There wasn’t much change between the 2016 and the 2017 report. What did change is the value of pricier project rose, reflecting the fact the housing market is healthier than ever.

Still, the perennial chart toppers for ROI are the cheapest to pull off. For the past two years, the top finisher was installing loose-fill fiberglass insulation in the attic. Not exactly sexy, but boy, is it cost-effective!

The biggest take-away for home sellers is the fact that the attic insulation is the ONLY renovation that brings over 100% ROI and the remainder typically won’t pay them back in full.

What we do see is that many homeowners have deferred maintenance and haven’t updated their homes for years, if not decades. They have a tough choice to make: sell “as-is, (which is a misnomer since ALL real estate sold in the state of CA is sold as is, per the purchase contract) or do a few updates to bring the home to its market ready, competitive best.

I recommend a consultation with your Realtor to look at the comparabel home sales to determnine what your home will sell for and then move forward accordingly.

P.S. Note: I work with extraordinary contractors, flooring professionals and other seasoned service providers that will, on a case-by-case basis, get paid out of escrow.

FREE SEMINAR: April 12th: Estate Liquidation Strategies

Ad FREE SEMINAR: April 12th: Estate Liquidation StrategiesREGISTER NOW FOR THIS FREE SEMINAR: The “Savvy Seniors Living Seminar Series” presents “Estate Liquidation Strategies” on April 12th.

Selling that excess “stuff” isn’t what it used to be. Finding out what things will sell and for how much requires research and experience and that’s only the beginning. Get your estate liquidation questions answered at our free seminar featuring industry experts that will speak about auctions, estate sales, consignment, charitable donations and more.

  • What is my china and crystal worth?
  • Could my things be sold through an auction house?
  • Do I have enough excess “stuff” for a professional estate sale?
  • How do I prepare for an estate sale?
  • Who can help me decide what to keep and what to sell or give away?

Admission is free. Location: Lafayette Library Arts & Sciences Discovery Center, 3491 Mt Diablo Blvd in Lafayette. Time: 10 AM – 11:30 AM. Please call 925-788-6582 to register or sign up online at Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

What am I waiting for? A question on a napkin with a cup of coffee.

It’s a new year! Here are 5 ways to stop procrastinating:

Do the Worst Thing First

Attack the hardest task when your energy is fresh and you give yourself the strongest chance of success.

Start Your Day Over at 2 p.m.

At 2 p.m. every day, assess how much you’ve accomplished, remind yourself of what’s critical, and alter your plan so you can tackle the most important thing.

Race the Clock

Having trouble even beginning a burdensome project? Try the old trick of setting a timer for 10 minutes. Work in a focused, perhaps even frantic manner for that short stretch, and watch what happens.

Don’t Interrupt Yourself

If you get pulled away from tasks by every ding, whistle, and ring on your digital devices, well, you’re like most of us. But keep in mind that other people aren’t interrupting you; you are interrupting yourself.

Create an Audience

It’s easy to blow things off when your commitment to yourself is the only thing at stake. But make yourself accountable to a friend and suddenly potential embarrassment becomes a powerful motivator.



Need to find a real estate agent near Walnut Creek CA? Dayna Wilson serves the East Bay communities of Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Clayton and Martinez. A certified Seniors Real Estate Specialist ®, Dayna helps boomers and seniors with the financial and emotional challenges encountered when selling a long-held family home.


Dayna’s Dash of Real Estate

Dayna's Dash of Real Estate

Dayna’s Dash of Real Estate

Home Seller Review of Dayna Wilson Real Estate Services

Recent Home Seller Review of Dayna Wilson Real Estate Services:

“I highly recommend Dayna for your real estate needs and would definitely refer my friends and colleagues to her. She is efficient and knowledgeable and knows how to get the job done. She has an innate sense of what the buyers are looking for and how to market your property to insure a quick and solid sale. I was very impressed with her professionalism and her ‘let’s get this done’ attitude. She really exceeded my expectations!” – Peggy S. – Concord, CA Home Seller

Peggy, we were honored to assist you. Because you live across the bay and work in The City, it was important that we handled all the details, communicated with your attorney, title company and walked the escrow to a successful closing! We thank you for entrusting our team with the sale of your dear aunt’s long-time home. Dayna

Favorite Places to watch July 4th Fireworks Displays

Happy 4th Everyone! Where are YOUR favorite places to watch July 4th Fireworks Displays? I have some great options listed for the S.F. East Bay and surrounding areas. Have fun and be safe!

July 4th fireworks displays

July 4th fireworks displays

Antioch ~ Contra Costa Fairgrounds ~ July 4th @ Dusk
Benicia ~ Benicia City Park ~ July 4th @ 9:00pm
Berkeley ~ Berkeley Marina ~ July 4th @ 9:30pm
Concord ~ Mt Diablo High School ~ July 4th @ 9:00pm
Livermore ~ Downtown ~ July 4th @ Dusk
Martinez ~ Waterfront ~ July 4th @ 9:30pm
Moraga ~ Moraga Country Club ~ July 4th @ Dusk
Pittsburg ~ Pittsburg Marina ~ July 4th @ Dusk
Pleasant Hill ~ College Park High School ~ July 4th @ 9:10pm
Pleasanton ~ Alameda County Fairgrounds ~ July 4th @ 9:30pm
Richmond ~ Marina Bay Park ~ July 3rd @ 9:15pm
San Francisco ~ Beach St. & The Embarcadero ~ July 4th @ 9:30pm
San Pablo ~ El Portal Soccer Field ~ July 4th @ Dusk
San Ramon ~ Central Park ~ July 4th @ 9:30pm

Inexpensive Kitchen Updates

Inexpensive Kitchen Updates. A neighbor called me yesterday asking what she should do to get her kitchen updated should they decide to sell their home. She stated she was getting bids to tear down walls, rip out cabinets and do a total remodel. Wait! Did you know you could give your kitchen a makeover without breaking the bank? I suggested they may want to skip the custom cabinetry, as a few key changes could make a huge impact.

1. Reface or paint cabinets

Buyers like bright, clean sleek looking kitchens. If your is rocking the 70’s with a dark oak finish, why not paint them a soft white, light grey or even sage green? Think out of the box. Look at pictures in magazines or on TV for looks that are popular. You get an entirely new, fresh look for little expense.

2. Buy new hardware

Have you thought about changing the knobs and pulls? New hardware comes in a myriad of finishes, and looks.  Hardware to cabinets is like earrings that set off an outfit you are wearing. When you go shopping, bring a current drawer pull to ensure your new pieces match the size of your old hardware and holes that are already drilled into doors and drawers. If your cabinets and drawers don’t have any hardware, consider installing pulls and knobs or handles and see how it adds that finishing touch!

3. Replace your faucet

Another easy update is adding a more modern, statement faucet. Look for a finish and style that works well with your kitchen’s aesthetic. I would consider leaning more towards the modern and bold. The finish should work with the other metals in the room.

4. Purchase new lighting fixtures

Update your lighting fixtures with stylish, modern replacements. Do you have a space, perhaps over a breakfast counter where hanging pendants in a bold colored glass would work? Take out florescent tubes and replace with canned lights. Think about adding under cabinet lighting to set the mood. Work surfaces should be well lit, and the lights can be an amazing addition to the overall look of your kitchen.

5. Replace counters and backsplashes

If your cabinets are in good shape, but you have tile counter-tops, there are inexpensive sold surface alternatives, like granite, that are pre-cut and ready to be installed. Couple a new counter with a updated backsplash and your kitchen will look modern, fresh and ready for your first open house! Other lower cost updates that won;t break the bank include: new window coverings, doors, fresh coat of paint on the walls and a thorough cleaning. Make it shine. Remember, the kitchen is the heart of the home and the old adage that ‘kitchens and baths sell a home’ still ring true. So, if you plan on staying put and enjoying your homes for many years to come, go ahead and knock down those walls. But, if you are preparing your home for sale, consider the information shared above. For more seller tips to preparing your home for sale, please contact Dayna Wilson Real Estate for a personal consultation.

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Woodlands Community Garage Sale May 14th

Commuity Garage Sale sponsored by Dayna Wilson Real Estate

Community Garage Sale sponsored by Dayna Wilson Real Estate

Woodlands Community Garage Sale May 14th-Walnut Creek, CA 94598

First Annual Woodlands Spring Garage Sale sponsored by Dayna Wilson Real Estate will take place tomorrow May 14th from 9:00AM-2:00PM.

Bring your cash, wear your comfy walking shoes and hunt for unique treausure and things you didn’t even know you needed! Great opportunity to say hello to friends, visit with neighbors and have fun.

Each participating home will have maps available with all the garages listed.

Starting point will be corner of Peachwillow and Candleberry.

See y’all there!

  • Co-Sponsored by Dayna Wilson Real Estate, REPOWER, The Heritage Pointe, Cherry Creek Mortgage and Old Republic Home Protection.


Staying Put or Moving Out? Learn your options…

Thursday, March 24, 2016:
Diablo Valley Villages Lunch ‘N’ Learn Program
The When, Where, How and Whys of Each Option
SPEAKERS PANEL, left to right:
Dayna Wilson, certified Seniors Real Estate Specialist® with Keller Williams Realty
Edrienne Baebler, Atria Walnut Creek Sales Director
Karen McCullough, “The Gal on the Move”
Dayna Wilson Edrienne Baebler Karen McCullough
Come learn from the experts how to develop a plan of action — whether you choose to age in place, or transition to a more manageable residence — one that best serves your needs now or in the future. The goal is to equip attendees with proven solutions to avoid three common mistakes older homeowners make. You will leave empowered with the information to live your life by design, not default!
Topics include:
  • Waiting until a crisis to have the “What if” conversation
  • Failing to equip your home for safe and successful aging in place
  • Lack of knowledge about the abundance of senior living lifestyles and care options available
Lunch is provided by Atria Walnut Creek!
When:           Thursday, March. 24, 2016, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Where:          Atria Walnut Creek, 1400 Montego, Walnut Creek
Parking:         Limited/street parking (drop-off driveway for limited mobility attendees)

Cost:              This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited to 30.

RSVP: Register at Lamorinda Village website, or phone Walnut Creek Village 

 phone 925-956-1990 by March 21, or until event is full (30 people).

This program is presented by Atria Walnut Creek and Walnut Creek Village.

Digging Deeper for my 65+ clients: My SRES® designation

Digging Deeper for my 65+ clients: My SRES® designation is much more than a set of letters after my name.

Digging Deeper for my 65+ clients: My SRES® designation

Digging Deeper for my 65+ clients: My SRES® designation

To me, serving as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist is a heartfelt commitment to those older home owners and their families in my community.  I have found working with Boomers and Betters is my calling and I’m constantly looking for new paths to consider taking that will allow me to offer assistance extending beyond selling and buying homes. My Concierge Services have grown to include preparing and selling the long-held family home, estate liquidation, downsizing and packing, relocation and unpacking…and much more. Dayna Wilson Real Estate acts as project manager, handling all services and providers to provide a more holistic approach to a later in life transition. We can even help you with staying put, if that’s your current preference. Moving is never easy. And, if you or your parents haven’t done it in awhile, or need a bit of extra help, there are folks who can make it easier. I humbly recommend your first call be to your local, trusted Seniors Real Estate Specialist!

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