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Renovation Projects That Deliver the Highest ROI

Renovation is a big part of making sure your property shines and adds value to a home you might be getting ready to sell or rent out. If you're ready to take on a lot of work and want to add value to your property, these are the top updates to consider.

Updating Your Garage

Updating your garage is a multi-step process that can overwhelm some: but offers a great return on your investment. Finish the walls of your garage, and then clean and refinish the floor as well. From here, you can take on the biggest money winner of all. Replacing an older garage door can offer the largest return on investment, doubling how much you paid to replace your door without even having to break a sweat. These doors can only last ten to twenty years, so make sure to swap this when the time comes. 

A Minor Kitchen Remodel

Although a major kitchen remodel can offer a return of around 91%: a minor kitchen remodel can offer even more. The main reason for this is that buyers want to be able to put their own touches on the property. If the kitchen is pristine and ready to go, that's exciting, but it's not going to work for the buyers who want to make a space unique. 

A minor kitchen remodel, simply replacing the appliances, or updating the floors and adding molding to kitchen cabinets, will give your property a far higher return on investment than you’d see otherwise. 

Replacing Your Entry Door
Your entry door should be swapped out every twenty to thirty years so that it still offers the best security possible. How old is your entry door? The older it is, the more likely it will be to fail if someone tries to break in or allow air to travel beneath it to ruin your heating and cooling bills every month. 

Keep an eye on your doors, and replace them when the time comes. This can bring a return of 91% on the right property.

Updating Your Windows
Windows are one of the most important parts of daily life. They control how well our HVAC system works and how much natural light we get into our homes. Updating your windows may not be in the cards for your budget: but even adding window replacement inserts can return an average of 89%. This is fantastic for the property and can be boosted even higher if you're able to prove that this has made the property more energy efficient.

Replacing Your Older Siding

When's the last time your siding was replaced? We all like the idea of new siding, but it's prohibitively expensive, and many new homeowners don't want to pour money into this when they could be putting money into a more expensive property and getting more space instead. 

Replace your siding with one of the many board and batten siding options out there, and you'll avoid looking cookie cutter while also gaining the interest of any buyer who passes your property.

Adding a Deck or Patio
More buyers are interested in finding homes that give them an exterior space where they can spend time with friends and family. Unfortunately, your property might not already have an area where you can spend time with loved ones or enjoy the fresh outdoors without being directly in the grass. This is especially heartbreaking in the Greater Chicago area, where spring and summer bring such fantastic weather.

Building a deck or patio offers a return on investment of around 90%. This is a good amount you can pour back into your future property.

Replace Your Older Roof

Your roof is one of the most expensive parts of your property: and if it's out of date, it's a liability. Buyers will flee from an older roof rather than have to deal with updating it right after buying their new property. Replacing your older roof with wood shingles can give you a roof that will last for up to fifty years while still looking incredible. This could inspire countless buyers to jump on the deal.

Updating the Curb Appeal

Your property's curb appeal is a big deal. If buyers don't immediately feel a connection with the property, sometimes they'll move on without ever exploring the interior of it. One of the best home updates any owner can do if they want their property to be taken seriously is to update the exterior. This means mowing and edging your lawn, creating flower beds, deep cleaning the exterior of your property with a power washer, and taking care of any stains or cracks on the driveway. Create a property that excites anyone who's house hunting. 

Renovation is the Best Way to Add Value

Every homeowner would love for their property to suddenly be worth far more than it is. The best way to do this for yourself, instead of just waiting for the house to gain value on its own, is to get hands-on and update it!
Andrea Erickson is a contributor to Innovative Building Materials. She is a blogger and content writer. Andrea is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that increase property value, maximize energy savings, and turn houses into homes. 

Andrea Erickson is a contributor to Innovative Building Materials. She is a blogger and content writer. Andrea is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that increase property value, maximize energy savings, and turn houses into homes.


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Best in the Chicagoland!!! Sebastian is the best Realtor out there. He is honest and trustworthy. He never made us feel pressured into buying our 2nd home we did not like. He made suggestions throughout the process that were very helpful. We highly recommend Sebastian. Thank you so much!!!


~ Lorena L

Helpful & very patient My sister and I were the buyers of this property. We both had VERY different ideas on the type of home we wanted to buy & the location we wanted to buy in. The touring was a little complicated in the beginning, but at the end he made sure we closed on a home that we both loved and were able to agree on! Sebastián was beyond helpful and was patient with us throughout the entire process. He gave us advice, kept us updated & definitely made this process easier than we thought it would be. I will most definitely recommend Sebastian to friends & family as well as working with him again in the future!


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~ Claribette

He knows what he is doing doing. Since I never purchased a home before, I had no idea what I was doing. That's why I wanted to find an agent with a lot of experience. Sebastian held my hand through it all and never left any questions unanswered. I am so happy I chose to work with Mr. Sebastian.


~ Nasimi Akhmedli

Help Selling My Home If you’re looking for someone to help you sell your home look no further. Sebastian was extremely professional and informative. He took the time to explain the selling process and answer all the questions we had. He kept us informed on what was going on during the process. The selling process was as painless as possible.


~ Claribette Vazquez

Sebastian Hernandez of Greater Chicago Real Estate Inc sold our home and is great at what he spectacular at his job he goes above and beyond and I’ve been working with him for over 10 years.


~ Nohely Pena-Rodriguez

ebastian was very responsive and great to work with as first time sellers. With his guidance, the process exceeded our expectations.


~ Regina Palafox

Exceptional Experience! Working with Sebastian was a great experience. From the first phone call thru the last initial on our closing documents, Sebastian was always available and attentive. He listed to our needs and found us homes that fit our criteria. From there, he scheduled multiple showings and was regularly available to answer any questions we had on potential properties. Sebastian clearly outlined the buying process and ensured we had all the right information available to make the buying process as smooth as possible. Thank you Sebastian for helping my family find our dream home!


~ Josh R.

Sebastian is a great realtor. He is extremely knowledgeable and professional. Even in this difficult market he remained focused and positive. He communicates well and always makes himself available to answer any questions. We relocated to Texas in July and Sebastian took charge and got our Chicago home sold. We highly recommend his services. Thank you for making us comfortable during this transition. Sincerely, Christina and Gonzalo


~ Caroline Colindres

I’m a first time home buyer and needed some advice. I called Sebastian and he was very professional and helpful on real estate information. He is highly recommended.


~ Aria Ruach (Aria)

Thank you. It was a pleasure to have helped you and your family to your next home.


~ Ellen Lawando

Sebastian was great! My husband and I were first-time home buyers with a lot of questions and needed a lot of guidance on everything - from different home types, to choosing a neighborhood, to home project feasibility. He was very patient and flexible and very helpful!


~ Stephanie Diaz

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~ Eduardo Izquierdo

Sebastian was a great help in finding our home on the southwest side of Chicago! We reached out to him based on the reviews of his clients and his experience, and from his first quick response to his attentiveness through the closing, we felt prioritized and in good hands. We’d turn to him again and glad to recommend him.


~ Carlos Fernandez

Great? experience!!!! Sebastian? was helpful about our needs & concerns. If he didn't know the answer to our question. Sebastian made it his priority to get the info. That's the kind of person you would want to work with when buying a home. Someone who communicates with you & also makes sure you are happy with your choice. We were grateful to have realtor like Sebastian. Thank you so much for everything!!


~ Lorena Lopez

Sebastian was extremely helpful and open to listening to our concerns. He treated us like we were his only client. We'll definitely be working with him again in the future.


~ Victor Murrell

Estoy satisfactory con la ayuda que el me brindo.


~ Flavio Quito

The best on his field is simple a good person a professional on all


~ Floiran Jimenez

Sebastian was amazing to work with. In the Real Estate profession, Integrity and Communication are key components in any transaction. Not only was Sebastian an awesome communicator he values his name and doesn't do anything to tarnish his reputation. Working with Sebastian we made the impossible become possible for both of our clients and created a Win-Win transaction. Can't wait to close more deals with him!!


~ John Robinson

5 out of 5 stars!


~ Jose Avilar

Have done over twenty showings together , always in time Excellent person to work with , easy to talk about real estate .


~ Eugen Bereza

The best service you could ever get from someone when you are looking for a house. Sabastian answer all my questions, put my concerns first and got the house I was looking for within the time frame that I needed. I will recommend him to all my friends and family also because his customers Sevices skills are impeccable. I appreciate everything you did for me. Thank you


~ Rosabel Santillanes

From the very beginning of this transaction Sebastian was transparent and always available to answer questions that I may have had. I was always aware what was occurring as far as transactions, money marketing, taxes, every little detail was taken care of in a timely manner and efficiently . I would recommend to family and friends


~ Maria M Lopez

From the very beginning of this transaction Sebastian was transparent and always available to answer questions that I may have had. I was always aware what was occurring as far as transactions, money marketing, taxes, every little detail was taken care of in a timely manner and efficiently . I would recommend to family and friends


~ Red Raven

5 out of 5 Stars!


~ 3108eduardo

5 Stars via Google Reviews.


~ Eduardo Martinez

Sebastian is very professional. He listens and he is always very responsive. He is knowledgeable about his area and I have been… pleased with his level of work.


~ Joseph Green

I went to college with Sebastian and when I needed a reale state agent to help my mom sell her old building and buy a new home the… majority of my friends told me Sebastian is a dependable professional that communicates effectively and with patience. My mom appreciated that Sebastian made himself available when she had questions and he always assured her that every question is important. He was not pushy with an interest in making a quick buck and was focused on helping my mom, at 79 years old, find a home that SHE wanted. Sebastian's 20+ years in the market and his interperonal skills make him a real estate agent your family and friends can trust. My mom is happy and that's all we wanted. ??


~ Gabriel Cortez

Loved my home shopping experience with sebastian! 100% recommended. Always got back to me and cleared up all my questions. Most important always looked… out for my best interest and always thoroughly explained all my options.


~ Arif Cardona

My experience with Sebastián from Greater Chicago Real Estate was surprisingly great. I got his telephone number on line ,I called him to schedule an… appointment for him to see the property that I was putting up for sale, he asked me for the price I was willing to sell, we agreed it was a fair price and I left all in his hands. Within three days we started getting showings of the property, in a week I got an offer and had a closing thereafter. In summary, I recommend this outfit for their knowledge of the market experience, their professionalism and efficiency.


~ Adam Rodriguez

Four Stars via Google Review!


~ Monique S.

Working with Sebastian was a pleasure. He’s very knowledgeable and made our first home purchase experience smooth and stress free.


~ Abraham A

Thank you for the five stars on Google. It was a pleasure helping you on this journey. Lets stay in touch and do more!!


~ Ahmad R

Sebastian was great to work with, and he was very communicative. We are happy with our purchase, and we would definitely recommend him as a real estate agent to anyone looking for one.


~ Allany A

Five Stars!! Via Google Review!


~ Melo C

Professionalism, Quality. Sebastian took his time in explaining the selling process of my dad’s home. He cleared all the moving steps needed prior to selling which helped the process run smoothly. The house sold in less than a week. Thank you Sebastian and Asia.


~ Judy Serrano

Sebastian Hernandez sold our house about a month ago. He was very professional and responsive. Sebastian provided us with at least 24 hour notice when scheduling visits and always kept us updated with all correspondence and transactions. He explained all steps and broke down all possible scenarios. Instead of the process of selling our house being daunting (first time), it went smoothly. He made great recommendations and also listened to our wants and needs. I would whole heartedly recommend Sebastian for any real estate needs. We would definitely use him again.


~ D. Santiago

Sebastian is the Best Business person I ever met in my life And I am over 60


~ K. Simmons

Sebastian J Hernandez is one of the best in the city with his Mastery craft in Real Estate. I could not be any more happier with his help and guidance in my Adventure in buying a new home. Thanks Sebastian for all your help.


~ Carlos Cruz

Great experience with Sebastian. Very professional. Knows what he’s doing. Took care of everything and always kept in touch with us and always there when we had a question. Really takes care of his clients and a very honest person.


~ Armando Soberanis Jr

Was home shopping and have had quite a few realtors and I'd want to say sebastian certainly stood out. He is very professional and responsive. He gives you a great vibe and not pushy like many realtors I'd dealt with in the past. He made the process as smooth as possible and certainly would highly recommend him to anyone looking to purchase or sell.


~ Jorge Raya

We loved working with Sebastian! He found us some really great properties and explained the home buying process very well for us as two first-time homebuyers.


~ Heather Dart

Very patient and professional. He help me sell my property quickly and effortlessly. He is my go to Realtor in the area now and in the future.


~ Telmo Gaibor

Sebastián is good Agent and professional, he Sold my property in 2 month's. I will recommend.


~ Alejandro Garcia

Sebastian has been doing this for over ten years and it shows. He walked me and my mother, the actual owner of the building, through each step of the process. This is our first time experiencing selling a home and my mother doesn't like feeling vulnerable in these situations. Sebastian's approach made her at ease. Since he knew my mom was not email savvy, he would make time to visit the house and explain each form she had to sign, rather than just sending us an email and having us figure out what we need to do. Very transparent in explaining all details, very patient in answering our questions, very concise with layman terms so we can understand, very direct in negotiating for us, and very accessible every time we contacted him. Never felt pressure from him whatsoever. Highly recommended.


~ Gabriel

I had gone through 2 realtors before meeting Sebastian and I'm so glad we crossed paths. Not only did he aid me in buying my very 1st home but he also helped me to sell my home. Sebastian is every bit of patient, determined and thural. I am definately looking forward to working with him again in the near future to purchase again. Hats off to this man


~ 90's dancehall Me

Very helpful and always a phone call away. Sebastian helped our family find our home and we are first time home buyers. Made the process clear concrete and successful. I will recommend Sebastian to anyone seeking to buy or sell.


~ zuser20141122065227712

Sebastian worked with my husband and I to find a multiunit building. He came highly recommended by a coworker and he was extremely responsive and knowledgeableand in addition to being enjoyable to work with. We were first time homebuyers and he was super patient with all of our questions and helped demystify the process. He was quick to set up viewings and jumped right in. Thanks a million, Sebastian!


~ Maria Roman

Buying a house is a stressful process but Sebastian made the process so much better! Hands down one of the best realtors I’ve ever worked with. He made himself available when we needed to see properties and worked hard to make sure that we got what we wanted! He is experienced and provided us with advice when we discussed pricing. He is genuine and works to get you the dream home you want! I would highly recommend him to anyone!


~ Patricia Zavalza

Sebastian is a great realtor! If you need to sell or buy a home give him a call. He helped us purchase our 1st home and helped us sell our investment property. He loves what he does. Give him a call you wont be disappointed.


~ betterlifehomeremodeling

Highly recommend. Sebastian help my parents sell their property in a timely fashion. He was available and willing to help explain anything throughout the process. My parents are very happy with how they were treated and how things worked out.


~ David Estrada

Sebastian is a professional through and through. His knowledge and professionalism helped guide me through a difficult real estate process. His understanding of the markets and sustained focus on getting to close were essential in closing the sale. I'm very grateful for his help.


~ Mark Blazevic

Sebastian is a true professional! He is very competent, detailed oriented and meticulous. He did more than just list the rental property, he interfaced with tenants to schedule showings, and addressed any concerns they had. He helped to resolve the issues that arose, he dotted the I's and crossed the T's. He was very responsive, timely and patient in assisting me on selling my properties. He kept me informed throughout the entire process from beginning to end. I look forward to and expect to work with him again in the near future.


~ A Keith

Sebastian provides great service and professionalism. He also hooked me up with a great attorney for closing. I will be using Sebastian's services again.


~ Lotta Yanong

Sebastian was very professional and he was always just a phone call away when i had a question. I will be using him for my future purchase and sales..I will recommend him to anyone looking to purchase or sale.


~ david jackson297

I contacted Joanna after sending in a request to view a home. I explained to her that we were interested in buying though had not gone through the process yet and would like to receive more information. Even though we did not have a loan approval letter, she scheduled the showing and gave us advice and suggestions for loans. Joanna is the best! She was helpful and patient and after months of searching for a home, she continued to provide me with the best service, advice and guidance during the entire process. She is very thorough and experienced. I would definitely recommend her to family and friends. I feel she really cares about the buyer. Thank you Joanna!


~ zuser20171206024519910

Sebastian was a great help with finding me a home. He understood my concerns with properties, was very patient and assisted greatly in getting all the information necessary for my final pick. Sebastian has provided his services to many family and friends without fail for many years! He always provides stellar service, which is why I chose him to assist with finding me a home. This was a great hunting adventure! Thank you for all your work! He has a great legal team behind him as well.


~ NoEmiRivEra6

Sebastian did an amazing job on selling my home and buying one all at the same time. He was honest to tell us it was possible and it could be done. He always answered his calls and was on top of everything. Is very rare to find amazing people like this out there! I would recommend him to anyone without a doubt.


~ angelpr8

Sebastian helped my wife and I purchase our first home. He was recommended through friends and after our first meeting with him we knew he would be the best choice for us. He explained the entire process to us and always let me know what I needed to do next. He was always easy to reach and gave me plenty of updates and kept me informed on what was happening. I will definitely be recommending him to anyone looking for home, especially first time buyers.


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