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Nathan Coombs of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Ogden remodeling franchise offers advice to Standard-Examiner readers

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Which remodeling projects offer the best return on investment and make a home attractive to buyers? That’s the question that the Standard-Examiner of Ogden, Utah, set out to answer last week for its readers, and the 63,000-circulation newspaper turned to DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Ogden for advice.

Nathan Coombs, who owns the remodeling franchise in Ogden, pointed out that buyers love recently remodeled kitchens and bathrooms. He also pointed out that, depending on your budget and goals, there are a lot of options available.

From the newspaper’s article:

Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 2.37.59 PMNathan Coombs, of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen in Ogden, believes that bathrooms and kitchens are the best areas of focus when getting a home ready to sell. Because they are the most labor-intensive rooms to change, prospective buyers appreciate them more, he said.

"It is very appealing to a buyer and will pay off the most in the long run when kitchens and bathrooms are updated," Coombs said. ...

To give a kitchen an inexpensive face-lift, Coombs said to consider replacing countertops only.

If you want to go further, or give the kitchen a whole new look, but are happy with the lighting and the layout, he suggests replacing countertops and refacing cabinets. The average cost for this minor kitchen remodel is around $17,000.

Of course, the price of all remodel projects is dependent on the size, scope and materials used.

According to Coombs, industry research shows the average price for a full kitchen remodel is between $30,000 to $50,000. This includes tearing out everything from the floor up and starting over, as well as design work and consultations.

Another way to bring things up to date without major construction is to change out the hardware and fixtures. According to Coombs, polished brass is out of style. Brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze are good replacement choices.

"Minor updates always help, too," Coombs said. His main advice is to do your homework, make sure the people you hire are licensed and insured and ask for references.

Why quote a DreamMaker owner?

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen remodeling franchise owners stand out in the remodeling industry thanks to their commitment to offering this kind of advice to their customers every day. We don’t take a cookie-cutter approach to remodeling. Instead, we listen carefully to the questions and concerns of customers, as well as their dreams for how they want their home to look and function after a remodel, and how it can improve their lives.

To learn more about our commitment to our customers and our values as an organization, check out the Code of Values that are highlighted in the research section of If you appreciate our larger mission of not only improving homes, but improving lives, then we hope you will have a conversation with us about how you can start a DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen franchise or convert an existing remodeling business to our model. To start a conversation, fill out this form which will also give you access to our detailed free franchise report. We look forward to talking with you!

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