Fourth of July to me has always meant American pride, fireworks, family, and grilling. It might look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it or see fireworks. There are not as many events as there normally are, but there are still a few. Here are events for this weekend:

First Friday in Historic Downtown Bryan on July 3rd, 110 S. Main St Bryan, TX 77803 from 9:00 am- 10:00 pm.

Drive-in 4th of July Fireworks at Rellis Campus on July 4th, 3100 TX-47 Bryan, TX 77807. Parking lot opens at 7:30 pm and fireworks start at 9:00 pm.

17th Annual Kurten Fireworks Show & Fundraiser at Kurten Community Center on July 4th, 13055 State Highway 21 East Kurten, TX 77808 from 7:00 pm- 10:00 pm.

Navasota Freedom Festival at City of Navasota on July 4th, 200 E McAlpine Navasota, TX 77868 from 11:00 am- 9:30 pm.

*Neighborhood Highlight- Greenbrier is the featured neighborhood this month.

There are currently 18 homes listed, 13 new build, 1 new patio, and 4 resale single family.

List price ranges from $303,990 to $434,900 & price per sq ft ranges from $141.43 to $166.14.

The average home price is $365,897.78 & average price per sq ft is roughly $152.57.

Important: This information and numbers were pulled on June 30th, 2020. They change frequently.

Since the coronavirus, I know many of us have been staying in mostly and working from home. With boredom and staying in more, you might start to think about updating your home. However, make sure you ask yourself why you’re wanting to update. Are you doing it for yourself or the future owners? If you’re doing it to add value and for resale, make sure you know what truly can make a difference and add value. There are things to do that will appeal to buyers, but there are also things that you can do that might not be someone else’s preference. If you are mainly wanting to update because you’re thinking of selling, it’s important to know what you should update or what you should hold off on doing.

What to update:

Paint- Neutral paint is something easy and beneficial to do. Mainly if you have rooms that are bright colors, it’ll be aesthetically pleasing when toned down. This will give a room a whole different feel.

Kitchen- When updating a kitchen, you will typically get most of your value back on it. The key is to make it functional and the color scheme flow.

Bathroom- With bathrooms, you will also typically get most of your value back. Double vanities, countertop space, and cabinets are most important to buyers. Showers only are becoming more popular, but remember bathtubs are important to most families with small children. For resale, it’s smart to have at least one bathtub in the house.

Flooring- This one can truly depend on the area and condition of the flooring. If the condition of the floor is not good, then you definitely want to get this taken care of. Also, the majority of buyers do not like carpet unless it’s in the closet and sometimes the bedroom. Wood is still a favorite among buyers, but wood look tile is a more affordable option.

What to hold off on:

Pool- If you’re wanting a pool, make sure you’re doing it solely for your family and to enjoy it for years to come. You will hardly get back value for adding a pool and it can be dangerous if not fenced off properly.

Solar panels- They can reduce your bills, but actually don’t add any value towards resale. Adding solar panels needs to be a decision you’re doing to save money on bills long term. Some buyers view them as an added bonus, but some view them as an eye sore.

Tearing down walls- This can be a costly task and sometimes not that beneficial. Open concept is very popular, but some buyers are starting to prefer more structured rooms. Also, once you start tearing down walls you might end up finding more costly issues. This is a big and possibly pricey decision to make for a potential buyer maybe not wanting a wall.

Additions- Adding on can be taking a gamble on whether or not a future buyer would want it. Also, additions are going to be quite pricey. It really depends the reason for wanting the addition and if the home truly needs it to make it more functional.

It is very important to discuss updates with a Realtor® to see what makes sense for you. This list can help give you an idea, but some things can really depend on the home. I’d love to be your resource for all things real estate and give you my opinion on what updates you are considering for your home. I hope you have a safe fourth of July weekend and remember to have your mask handy. God Bless America!

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