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CUSTOMER REFERRAL REWARDS PROGRAM

Many homeowners complete the closing process and immediately start their own search for qualified contractors. Many times we’ve already been in the home to complete repairs so we are very familiar with the condition and its need for updates. We can help reduce the transition stress by staying on the project after the inspection repairs are complete.

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If you know your friends or clients are looking to do some additional enhancements or remodeling, let us know and we’ll take it from there.  Or pass along our info and be sure they let us know you sent them.  It’s that simple, we’ll send you $100 Amazon card for your referral if we end up winning the bid.

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  • Reward is $100 Amazon Gift Card that will be sent to you via email.  You can use the code we provide you when completing your Amazon transaction. If you have an Amazon Account, just let us know the email you use for that account and it will sync and deposit as a credit onto your account. Easy right?
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Just as your real estate business relies on referrals, Indiana Residential also depends on the quality of the relationships we build and the unique service we provide.  You count on us and we count on you.  Our team of experienced employees make us who we are, so we’d like to introduce them to you properly.

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TOM GIBSON

Meet Tom, he is a Project Manager and Estimator at Indiana Residential, responsible for preparing accurate and cost effective job estimates and managing projects to successful completion. From conception to completion, Tom is hands-on, on-the-job, and doing whatever it takes to ensure customer satisfaction. 

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JOEL SHORES

Meet Joel, he is a Project Manager and Estimator at Indiana Residential, providing timely, accurate and detailed estimates.  He makes the process from initial contact to final completion as painless on the agent and homeowner as possible.  Joel plans and purchases equipment and material, organizes and oversees contractors, and most importantly, makes sure that the customer is happy at the end of the day

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ELYSE GEIS

Meet Elyse, she manages the daily operations at Indiana Residential, and that’s no simple task. She handles everything behind the scenes from scheduling, logistics, HR and payroll to office management and all aspects of company financials. Basically, she’s the one that keeps everyone in line and keeps the train running. 

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ROBERT BARNES

Meet Robert, he leads the Indiana Residential Mold Division, managing the entire remediation process from visual inspection, sample collection and testing to on-site estimates, mold removal and material replacements. He finds the most cost effective ways of making projects affordable while still providing quality and on-time completion. 

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KELLY LATIMORE

Meet Kelly, he is the Co-Founder of Indiana Residential and leads the roofing division, Indiana Roofing. Latimore specializes in roofing repairs and replacements; ensuring a home’s resale value is at its highest. He is intimately involved in all aspects of customer relations from on-site Project Management, Fleet Management to preparing project estimates and safeguarding customer satisfaction. 

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MIKE GREVE

Meet Mike, he is the Co-Founder and a Project Manager at Indiana Residential. His main focus is to ensure the job gets done efficiently and effectively, while making sure everyone is happy, healthy and prosperous. From project management and estimates to keeping up with the latest remodeling trends, he is involved with every aspect of the business. 

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Considering New Flooring In Your Home? When It Makes Sense And Things To Consider

Flooring is an often forgotten aspect of a home when it looks good and works well. However, as it becomes outdated or worn, it takes center stage and not in a good way. Here is a look at the reasons to update the floors in your home and how to do it efficiently and affordably.

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Why You Should Update Your Floors

The most obvious reason to switch out your current flooring for new materials is because it looks bad and it’s a big thing that potential buyers look at when searching for a new home. If you cringe every time you see your old shag carpet or trip over a broken tile, you know the importance of a beautiful-looking floor. Your flooring choice can make or break how put-together you room looks. No volume of paint or furniture can make a room feel clean and inviting if the floors are yucky.

Another reason to invest in new floors is because it increases the value of your home. If you plan to sell in the next few years, your floors will have a big impact on how much you can sell your home for and how quickly it sells. It’s a big expense for a buyer to put into a home outside of their mortgage, so consider updating the areas of your home that need it most so you can get that return on your selling price. Buyers will appreciate a neutral, clean, updated flooring choice so they can be move in ready.
A third reason is that new floors save time. You don’t spend as much time cleaning them, hoping to get them to look a little better. Vacuuming a new carpet is much easier than going over one that’s frayed and worn.

Things To Consider When Updating Your Floors

Once you’re convinced of the need to update your floors, the next task will be to figure out how. First, you’ll need to decide if you want to replace the outdated flooring with a new version of the same product or if you want a different material.

For hardwood floors, you may only need to make repairs on any damaged boards and then sand the floor before putting on a new stain. You can completely change the look of your floor just by going from a dark stain to light or vice-versa. Another option is to paint your floors, which will create a modern space that stands out.

You can also update a tile floor that is in good shape but has gotten dull by having it re-grouted and buffed to a shine. This only works if the pattern and style aren’t outdated, but it can extend the life of your current floor and make it look like new.

Choose the material based on the room and how you use it as well as your personal taste.  If you plan to sell your home soon, it’s always better to get a few opinions from real estate agents, designers and contractors on the best choices in order to get the most out of your home.  Sometimes your personal taste may not be what appeals to the masses of home buyers.  Perhaps you like the soft feeling of carpet in the bedroom but hardwood floors could be done affordably and increase your resale value significantly; it’s something to consider and weigh out.

Replacing Your Floors

If the only option is to replace your floors, you’ll have to decide what you want the new material to be. In most cases, you’ll need to tear out the old flooring and ensure a solid subflooring lies underneath. You can lay carpet over old tile or hardwood without removing the original floor, which reduces the cost.

You never want to install any type of floor over the concrete without a subfloor to help reduce moisture. An example is if you have a converted garage or basement. You’ll want to have a subfloor put in between the concrete foundation and the new flooring to prevent future problems.

Visit old houses and you may find layers upon layers of old flooring on top of each other, especially with tile, vinyl and carpet. You don’t want to do this in your house. Take the extra time needed or pay a professional to remove the old floor and start out fresh. It will improve the integrity of your new floor and ensure a smoother surface.

Updating your floors is a relatively inexpensive investment to make in your home. A new floor can make you fall in love with your house all over again and help it sell faster when it’s time to move on. Talk to the professionals at Indiana Residential about new flooring options for your space.

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Pros and Cons of Partial Renovations vs. Complete Remodels

If you have an outdated home or even a single room in a house, you may be deciding whether to do a partial renovation or go for an entire new look with a complete remodel. The difference between minor and major remodels lies not only in the complexity of the project and the cost, but often on the return on your investment.Photography Portfolio

When You’re Selling

If you plan to sell your home in the next year or two, you may want to forego a major renovation. According to a survey from Zillow Digs, most experts recommend making minor updates to bring your home’s design current rather than investing in major changes. You’ll probably get more of your money back in the increased price than you would with what you spend on a complete renovation.

Anyone who really wants to make major changes in hopes of bringing a higher price will need to speak with an expert about the best way to get as much money back as possible. Depending on where you live, finished basements or attics may bring enough to pay for the remodel. In other areas, it may be the updated bathroom that commands a higher sales price.

When to Choose a Complete Remodel

The case for a total renovation to a room comes when it’s no longer functional. If you’re tearing out walls to open up an area or make it larger, a complete renovation makes sense. Another reason to go for the big project is when you need to update plumbing and electrical or if there’s foundation issues.

It also depends on how much of an impact a major remodel will have on visual appeal. For instance, in a kitchen, the big difference between what you see with a minor and major renovation is the cabinetry. If the cabinets are an eyesore, you’ll want to replace them. However, a minor remodel means replacing or altering the fronts of the cabinets. With a major remodel, you’ll completely remove the cabinets and install new ones.

With a complete renovation, you know everything is brand new. If major work needs to be done, this is the only option. While you can expect major expenses and a big budget, the results can be worth it.

When to Choose a Minor Remodel

If the bones of the room you’re renovating are good, you may be looking at a minor remodel. Just remember that the word “minor” may not mean the same thing to everyone. You may have a lot of work to do, and the room often looks like it has been completely demolished, but it still classifies as minor if no major structural changes have been made or electrical and plumbing hasn’t had any big alterations.

You don’t want to cover up issues with a pretty design, so make sure you understand when a major remodel is required or when a minor update will do. Indiana Residential can help you decide which type of renovation will achieve the results you want within budget.

For help deciding what is best for your budget, contact the pros at Indiana Residential. We can help walk you through all the details to make the best decision for your home.

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Ways to Transform and Add Value to your Indianapolis Home With Wainscoting

Create a New Look with different Wainscoting styles

Wainscoting is an easy way to make any room stand out. This architectural detail adds character in a modern or traditional home, and captures the attention of guests or buyers, if you’re planning to sell. With minimal supplies and the help of a contractor or handyman with the right tools, you can transform a room from boring to WOW in no time. These techniques can be used to richen up the look of your property, cover up unsightly/rough dry wall, and even serve as an added durability to high traffic areas like hallways and stairways. Learn how to add wainscoting in fun and inventive ways.

Functional Design

Wainscoting is known as a decorative element in a room, but it can have functionality as well. At the top of the boards, add a narrow shelf as a border. You can place small trinkets on it to enhance the visual element of the space. To make it work, choose a taller height for your boards closer to eye-level when they’re installed.

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Create Contrast

Many people choose a white or light color board for wainscoting, but you can add contrast with a dark grey, blue or chocolate. Complete the look with a wide base at the bottom and a narrow trim at the top. This design complements a space like a bathroom when you pick up a dark color in the tile.

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Add Length to a Room

While most wainscoting is installed vertically, you can switch things up by putting it in horizontally. This method lengthens a room and makes it appear larger. At the same time, boards placed vertically draw the eye up to make a room feel taller. This idea works well for a small bathroom or other areas with limited square footage.

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A Modern Space with Wider Boards

Traditionally, wainscoting has consisted of narrow boards at chair-rail height. However, modern design has altered this design to be fresh and contemporary. Wide boards that extend higher up the wall create a unique space which is not too formal while adding a sense of character to the space.

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Mix and Match

Create a contemporary look unique to your home by mixing wainscoting styles. For example, combine the ever-popular batten and board style with picture frame wainscot for a distinct take on the traditional look. Go modern with offset squares which adds interest to a wall and turns it into a focal point.

Achieve ultra-modern with metropolis circles or a rustic feel with barn door wainscoting. As you can see, wainscoting can fit in any home with any design scheme as long as you select a style which complements your overall theme.

Break the rules with wainscoting that features multiple colors. Each board can be a different thickness and color for the illusion of stripes. This style adds vertical interest and can enhance a plain wall.

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Wainscoting is an easy way to enhance any room in your home from the dining room to the bedroom to the bathroom. While simple designs are easy enough for DIY projects, hiring a professional will save you time and ensure the end result is everything you wanted it to be. Check out companies like Indiana Residential and bring them your design ideas to create a brand new space in your home.
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Add Value and Function With Built-Ins

Does your Indianapolis Area home need more storage? Are you missing personality and that custom look that home buyers are looking for?

If you need more storage space in a home with limited square footage, built-ins may be the answer. Not only do they provide valuable storage in creative ways, they can visually enhance dull areas and add character. You’ll be surprised to discover all of the hidden places which would benefit from a built-in. And even more surprised at how you can use this creative use of space.

Built-in Window Seats

Add seating and storage with built-in window seats. Frame out a window with a comfortable bench and include either a lift-up lid or shelves along the bottom for extra storage. Choose either a simple seat or surround your window along the sides with shelves and closed cabinets for a full effect.

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Craftsman Staircase by Ellicott City Architects & Building Designers Brennan + Company Architects

Awkward Spaces by the Stairs

Use up the wasted space under the stairs with a built-in cabinet. Leave it open or create closed storage for books, toys, and many other items. Another fun idea is to create a built-in shelf next to the stairs rather than under them that increases in height to follow the stair rail.

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If you have a recessed area in your home, turn it into usable space with a built-in. A popular option is to create a workspace with a desk. You can add cabinets up high with under-cabinet lighting and low storage under the desk area. A second option is to build shelves all the way across for books or trinkets.

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Closed Storage

Turn an open area into closed storage with your own built-in. Add sliding doors or traditional cabinet-style doors to close off the area when you want it out of sight. This is a great way to hide a TV in the formal living room or bedroom or to add a mini-bar. Just close the door when you don’t want it to be seen. This type of storage enhances functionality while creating a sophisticated atmosphere to a room.

Special Storage in Tight Spaces

Look for unique ways to increase storage in odd spaces with built-ins. For example, maybe you have a window in a laundry room, bathroom or mudroom. These narrow rooms often don’t have the square footage for traditional cabinets. However, you can design a built-in to fit the limited space under the window while providing either closed or open storage with shelves and custom cabinets.

Room Divider

An open floor plan is ideal for many homes, but it can reduce storage you would enjoy with closets and cabinets along solid walls. Create a room divider while allowing for conversation with built-in cabinets and shelves. For instance, a half-wall between a living room and dining room or kitchen can provide storage for dishes or entertainment systems. It also creates a cozier atmosphere in a large area while offering essential storage.

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Transitional Dining Room by Edina General Contractors REFINED LLC

Creating custom built-ins to work with the available space you have can enhance your home and add value and interest when it’s time to sell. Choose a reputable company like Indiana Residential to build these unique pieces with quality and character .Contact us today and we will take a look at your project needs.
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Is It Time to Finish Your Basement? Things You Should Consider In The Planning

Turning your basement into finished space will not only increase your living area, but potentially increase the resale value of your home as well. In fact, the average remodel costs $65,442, according to a report from Remodeling magazine. At the same time, it gives you a 72.8 percent return on your investment, making it one of the smartest moves you can make. Just consider all of the aspects of the project before you begin.

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Finished Basement remodel by Indiana Residential

Dealing with Drainage and Moisture

One of the major issues with basements is their high level of moisture. Many times, they allow water in, which must be dealt with prior to finishing the area. A sump pump can remove water to keep it from damaging a finished floor. Another option is a moisture barrier, which prevents water from seeping into the space after rainfall.

Don’t forget to check the foundation and make sure it’s secure and sound. A cracked foundation can be the source of your moisture, which will often get worse. Indiana Residential provides services to help you create a safe and dry space for your finished basement. Contact professionals before you begin remodeling for advice on the best way to waterproof your basement.

Consider Electrical and Plumbing

Depending on how you use your finished basement, you’ll need to add electrical throughout the space. You’ll definitely need more outlets for lighting, but you’ll want to consider what else you’ll need electricity for in the space. A large-screen TV, surround sound stereo system or kitchen appliances will require special electrical considerations.

Plumbing will be essential if you add a bathroom or even a sink in the basement. If you plan to add any of these features in the future, you’ll want to plumb for it now before drywall goes up. Setting up electricity and plumbing prior to putting in walls makes the process less expensive.

Insulation and Heating/Cooling

While a basement is naturally warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, you’ll still need to consider your insulation needs. You want this space to be efficient, so make sure you insulate well with a high R-rating.

You’ll also have to think about how you will heat and cool the space. The best way to enhance your finished basement is by adding on to the current central heating and cooling system. While you could set up window air conditioners or a separate heating system, it will lessen the value of what you’re doing. Buyers want a seamless transition to the basement, which includes heating and cooling it.

Lighting

A basement is often seen as a dark, dreary place. No matter how nice the fixtures or finishings, no one will want to spend time here if it isn’t well-lit. When planning out your basement, look at your lighting needs. Consider how many windows you have and their location. Look for spaces that will be dark once walls are up, and install plenty of lighting.

Recessed lights can provide subtle lighting without being too intrusive, especially if you’re using the area to watch movies or games. Most likely, you’ll need more lights than you would in an upstairs space.

Finishing your basement is an ideal way to add living space for you and your family, and a way to increase the value in the property when it’s time to sell. Just make sure you think out your plan to refinish and enlist the help of professionals to do the job right.

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Top Home Improvement to Boost Your Home’s Selling Price in Indianapolis

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Home improvement projects can help you get top dollar for your property when you sell. Whether you are putting your home on the market right away or planning to sell in the next couple of years, the right updates and changes can have a big impact on what buyers are willing to pay.

The key is to know which projects add value and which ones do little or could even hurt your home’s appeal for buyers. Once you know which projects are worth putting time and money into, you can plan your budget.

  1. Make a Good First Impression

Buyers often drive by the property before they ever schedule an appointment to come inside. Curb appeal is what will inspire them to take the next step. If your view from the front needs a lot of work, it sets the tone for how buyers feel as they come through your front door. This project doesn’t have to be costly or time-consuming. Trimming overgrown bushes and removing dead or overpopulated plants, and spreading a fresh layer of mulch can do wonders. A fresh coat of paint to your front door and around windows and trim can make the place feel brand new. Replacing or painting old exterior light figures can have a bigger impact than you might think. Even just adding a wreath and flower pots to your front door can entice potential buyers to want to see more. Don’t forget about the exterior of the house as well. Repair any cracked concrete and edge any walkways making the potential buyers trip up to your door the best it can be

  1. The Heart of the Home

It doesn’t matter how much the buyer likes to cook, they still want an updated kitchen. They want to see working appliances that don’t look like they need replaced. How much of a remodel you should do will depend on the market in your area and how outdated your kitchen is. Even a minor remodel where you prime and paint existing cabinetry, and replace hardware and lighting fixtures can have a big impact on what price your home brings. According to Remodeling Cost vs. Value study, a minor remodel in the kitchen will provide an 82 percent return on investment.

  1. Don’t Forget the Bathroom

Much like the kitchen, buyers like to see a functional, updated bathroom. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but low-flow toilets and showerheads, updated faucets and bright lighting can have big impact. Since this is usually a small area, you can often find it affordable to replace flooring or add a new vanity. If you have a little extra cash on hand, consider adding a second bathroom in a one-bath house. You’ll see big returns on this remodeling project. The same study from Remodeling shows that adding a bathroom can give you a 60 percent ROI. On a smaller budget, try priming and painting an old wood vanity cabinet in a fresh color, and add simple new hardware. Spruce up a basic clip mirror by adding a wood frame around it (Pinterest is swarming with instructions on this update). Bathrooms take a lot of wear and tear from water, so be sure to clean and caulk around the tub, shower and countertops to freshen up the condition.

  1. Save Your Energy

Budget-conscious buyers will appreciate renovations such as installing new windows or adding more insulation. If you have old exterior doors or windows that are original to the home, you could deter buyers who see projects in their future. However, it won’t cost you a lot to make those improvements before you list the house. A bonus is the fact that you’ll save money on heating and cooling until your home sells.

  1. Move Outdoors

One of the easiest projects to take on to add value to your home is the addition of a deck or patio. Outdoor spaces have become an extension of the home, so adding or enhancing this area is like increasing the square footage. Expect to get about 87 percent return on your efforts with the right design.

Each of these projects has the potential to increase the price of your home and bring in more buyers. To maximize your results, work with a realtor or designer and a contractor who knows the neighborhood and can give you solid advice.

Remember, spend your time and money on the things that really matter, and ask for professional opinions before you get started. The professionals at Indiana Residential can help you review all your home improvement and repair needs and work to get you the biggest bang for your buck! Contact us today to schedule a time to look at your property.

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The Importance of Video When Marketing Your Real Estate Property

Today’s buyers do a lot more research online on purchasing a home before they ever make a contact with an agent or visit a property. According to the 2015 National Association of REALTORS Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from Realtor.org, over half of buyers used a mobile website or application in their search as opposed to only 20% using a print newspaper ad.

Technology has changed the way people buy homes, and it must also impact the way people sell their homes if they don’t want the property to sit on the market for a long time. Video has become popular for many buyers. They’ll watch a YouTube walk-through of a property to find out if they want to see the place in person.

Making a Good Video

Almost anyone today can make a video of a property. The key to selling it is to have a professional quality video. Besides providing a walkthrough of the property, a video can add descriptive information through text or highlight aspects of the home you want to bring to attention.

People are often intimidated by the prospect of being in front of a camera or creating a video. While it should be of good quality, it doesn’t have to be elaborate. You don’t even have to narrate. Instead, music over a list of images can create the perfect impression. Others prefer to narrate off-camera, talking about various aspects as if they were showing an individual buyer the place in person.

Make Your Home Stand Out

Statistics show that only a small percentage of real estate agents are using video in their marketing efforts. Because YouTube isn’t overloaded with them, the ones you see stand out.

If you’re a buyer looking through multiple homes with still images and you come across one with a video, you’re going to remember it. Video turns a one-dimensional property into 3D. It’s more like taking a physical tour, and it can help buyers decide if they want to take the next step and schedule a showing.

The Complete Picture

Creating a simple website for a single property allows each real estate agent the opportunity to market more effectively. They can provide more information, such as floor plans, data about the neighborhood and mortgage resources. All of that, combined with an appealing video, can encourage buyers to put some serious thought into the property.

Video is everywhere, and it’s either replacing or enhancing written content. It makes sense to utilize this valuable tool when trying to sell a property to today’s buyers.

Get your home in shape and make it video ready! The professionals at Indiana Residential can help with any of your home improvement and repair needs to help get your home up-to-date and looking it’s very best before, during, and after listing it on the real estate market. Contact us today!

 

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