May is National Home Improvement Month and the Heinrich Team Has Tips for Your Home Remodel

Zach and Isabel Brooksher of the Heinrich Team, consistently a top 1% Coldwell Banker team, recently remodeled their first home and sold it a few months ago. Along the way, they learned a few hard-won lessons on how to remodel your home. May is National Home Improvement Month, so with that in mind, here are some of the local remodel tips that add the most value to your home they gleaned during the process.

  • If you’re not quite sure what you want or not confident you can pull off what you’re imagining in your mind’s eye, Zach recommends working with a designer to help you realize your vision. It pays off in the long run: All the tips in this article came from the couple’s personal experience, “except we didn’t talk to a designer, but we should have because it took way too long to decide how to make our house look,” says Zach.
  • Seriously consider low-maintenance, water-efficient landscaping. Even if you don’t intend to sell, low-maintenance landscaping will appeal to the widest audience of future buyers should you decide to sell down the road. Considering the water crisis on a state and local level, some of our favorites include decomposed granite — the light brown sand-looking rocks that are layered over sand and base rock, then compacted. Turf is a great way to add green to your yard without the maintenance and water usage of a lawn. Pavers and rocks to create pathways and Trex high-performance composite decking provides longevity, is easier to maintain than wood, and is reasonably priced for its overall value. Low-maintenance landscaping is great for second home buyers who want the flexibility of leaving for days or weeks at a time without having to worry about the yard. Vacation home buyers make up about half of our market!
  • There are some great ways to get a new kitchen without going through the demolition process. Consider keeping and painting the cabinets themselves and having new doors, hardware, and soft-close hinges installed. This reduces cost and delays of waiting for brand new cabinetry.
  • Quartz/quartzite is without a doubt the best material for counters. It is more stain-resistant than marble and less pervious than granite, and the price is reasonable for the value it offers. There are warehouses where you can buy large slabs, then have a fabricator custom cut the slab to suit your kitchen.
  • Appliances. We like Bosch Dishwashers and GE Appliances. We like GE Monogram’s white-glove service for high-end remodels or new construction.
  • Paint, Furnishings, & Décor. Use neutral base colors with pops of color. It’s worth consulting with a designer to learn about colors and textures.

If you have questions about how you can add value to your home with a remodeling project, contact Zach and Isabel of the Heinrich Team. Zach is the Heinrich Team’s Global Luxury Specialist, while Isabel is the Heinrich Team’s Resort & Second Home Property Specialist. Contact Zach at (831) 250-3399 or at To connect with Isabel, call her at (831) 250-3866 or by email at