Kimberly-Vincent Luxury Real Estate - January 2020

A ‘NEW’ HOME FOR A NEW YEAR Why You Shouldn’t Wait Until Selling Time to Upgrade Your House

If you’ve had your eye on a major home improvement, like a renovated kitchen, landscaping update, or fancy new HVAC system, there’s probably a debate raging in your head that goes something like this: “Should I update this now, or wait until just before we’re ready to sell?” It’s a valid question. It’s common to update your home before a sale because having brand-new and/or trendy features will make your house more attractive to buyers. The argument is that if you update your home too early, your “new” front door or kitchen tile might be dated by the time you’re ready to sell and need to be replaced again. That said, there is a big reason to update your home now, particularly if you don’t have plans to sell in the near future: You’ll get the chance to enjoy the updates! It can be a huge disappointment to install your dream light fixtures or a beautiful wall of built-in shelving only to leave it behind when you move. If you do it now, you’ll have time to appreciate it — and isn’t spending time with things we love what homeownership is all about?

down the road. But that’s five, 10, 15, or 20 more years of happiness and enjoyment than you’ll have if you wait! For most people, that benefit outweighs the renovation cost. Plus, if you do end up selling your home sooner rather than later, your updates will still be current enough to bring in a pretty penny. In our view — and our clients’ experience — treating yourself to improvements this year will be a win-win. If you’d like more information on how long specific features can be expected to last before needing repair or going out of style, you can find an excellent year-by-year guide at Realtor.com. But why go to the trouble of a Google search when Naples real estate experts like us are just a phone call away? Give our team a call today for a quick, accurate recommendation tailored for the Naples market.

It’s still true that if you renovate five or more years before you sell your home, you’ll probably need additional updates

How to Make Your Own Sauerkraut

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INGREDIENTS

• 2 lbs cabbage • 4 tsp fine sea salt

EQUIPMENT

• Jar • Lid with airlock • Something to weigh down cabbage, ideally made of a nonreactive material like glass

DIRECTIONS

1. Remove outer leaves from cabbage. Slice very thinly. 2. In a large bowl, combine cabbage and salt. Let stand for 20 minutes. 3. Squeeze cabbage to release juices. Let the cabbage continue to soak and release juices for another 20 minutes. 4. Transfer to a jar and press down cabbage until completely submerged in its juices. Weigh down cabbage. 5. Seal jar with airlock. Let cabbage sit at room temperature and away from sunlight for one month. Once fermented, transfer to the fridge. Sauerkraut will keep for six months to one year.

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