Don’t wait until everything falls apart in your Rochester home before thinking about remodeling. According to Earth Web, in the U.S., about 80% of homes are at least two decades old and hence require remodeling and proper improvements. As a homeowner, prioritize professional maintenance annually and remodeling every ten to twenty years to keep your home in great shape. Other than age, there are more reasons to consider a home remodel. Here are five!
1. To Increase Marketability
Remodeling your Rochester home is a great way to improve its curb appeal. The better a home looks to a potential buyer, the more likely it is to sell. You want your house to match the standards of the fast-selling houses in your area. Consult a reliable and professional realtor to help you know exactly how to enhance your home’s salability through remodeling. That’s how you make the remodeling count. Plus, studies have proven that you can recover the money you used in your remodeling once you sell. Remodeler Magazine estimates that homeowners typically recover at least 66% of bathroom remodeling costs when they sell their houses.
2. To Improve Comfort
Comfort means different things to different people, so what you choose to do in this depends on your definition. Some common things you can do for added comfort are installing carpeting on the floors, upgrading your HVAC, changing the floor plan for better accessibility and feng shui, adding a ramp to your entrance, and switching your old appliances for newer models with advanced features. According to House Method, bathrooms are the most common parts of a house that people focus on when remodeling. In 2022, House Method reported that 27% of homeowners in the U.S. upgraded their bathrooms. Consider incorporating luxurious upgrades to make your bathroom a relaxation hub. Invest in elegant features like rainfall shower heads, heated towel racks, and modern low-flow water faucets. Marble adds a touch of classic personalization to your Rochester home.
3. To Go Green
Older houses constructed when energy efficiency standards were lower frequently have great potential for eco-friendly remodeling. So this is our chance to do some green remodeling. The first thing you can do is hire professionals to do an energy audit. Their assessment results will determine what needs eco-upgrading.
Get low-emission windows, low-flow toilets and faucets, new insulation, install solar panels and tankless heaters, and build with composite boards and other recycled materials. Your Rochester home has the potential to contribute positively to the environment and climate issues if you decide to go green in your remodeling.
4. To Fix Security Issues
Prioritizing the safety and security of homes is crucial for homeowners. While many ways exist to improve home security and safety, one practical method is remodeling. Include installing new security systems or updating current ones, including cameras, alarms, and motion detectors, in your Rochester home remodeling plan. You can also make structural changes, such as adding reinforced doors or windows or installing exterior lights if you don’t already have them.
Modernizing your locks and door hardware is another effective security precaution. As part of your home remodel, add high-quality deadbolts and smart locks. Smart locks, in particular, add an extra layer of security and make it more difficult for burglars to enter your home. The ability to remotely manage many smart locks enables you to keep an eye on who enters and exits the house from your smartphone.
To Make Your Basement Usable
In many dated Rochester homes, the basement is a deep, dark dungeon, hardly used for anything other than storing things people don’t remember they own. A home remodel is your opportunity to turn your basement into a functional, aesthetically pleasing space.
There are many ideas on the internet about how to give your basement a total makeover. You can turn it into a media room, an extra bedroom, a homeschooling space, a walk-in closet, or a wine cellar. The possibilities are endless if you think about it.
Remodeling your home isn’t a walk in the park. It’s messy, sometimes costly, and it can take weeks to months to accomplish, depending on your needs. Despite these seeming downsides, the results and benefits are something to look forward to.
Did you know that, on average, Americans argue about 19 times a month? If the stress of life and work is starting to take a toll on your relationship, consider grabbing your partner and taking a relaxing walk around Rochester, New York to bond and reconnect outdoors. The city provides beautiful historical and natural walking paths, as well as one-of-a-kind experiences, and this list will provide you with unique ideas of where to walk and what to see in the city. Make sure you wear comfy shoes!
1. Rochester History
Rochester has a long and storied history, making it one of the oldest cities in the country. Located on native Seneca land and next to Lake Ontario, Rochester was founded in 1788, shortly after the American Revolution. As the United States began to grow, so did the city, creating a technological boom in the 19th century which led to the creation of large companies such as Eastman Kodak and Bausch & Lomb. Rochester also served as the home of Frederick Douglass’ abolitionist newspaper, the North Star, as well as the birthplace of Susan B. Anthony, a prominent leader of the women’s suffrage movement. Today, the city is known as a home of education and innovation and provides a great number of parks, walking trails, and historical city walks for all interests.
For many citizens and tourists, walkability can be a deciding factor in where to visit or live. On a 0-100 scale, walkability scores are awarded by websites like Apartment Finder and include considerations such as restaurants, shops, and other amenities that contribute to everyday life. The most walkable neighborhoods include Pearl-Meigs-Monroe, Central Business District, and Park Avenue. If you want an easy walk through the city, these are great neighborhoods to start in!
3. Historical Walks
If you and your partner are interested in taking a self-guided walk around Rochester, find your way to the Heritage Trail. The 1.25-mile walk lets you go at your own pace by following either the granite or blue paint of city sidewalks as you stroll past 15 historical sites, starting at the Susan B. Anthony House and ending at the Erie Canal Aqueduct Bridge. Speaking of bridges, the Genesee Riverway Trail takes sightseers over the Genesee River with its three beautiful waterfalls and scenic gorge, leading you to the trail’s multiple parks and pedestrian bridges.
4. Nature Walks and Parks
Rochester boasts beautiful parks and nature walks for couples interested in nature. Highland Botanical Park and Lamberton Conservatory is one of the top-rated attractions in Rochester, as well as a lovely place to take a walk and check out some plants and animals with your paramour. If you’re looking for more rugged nature, consider taking a walk in Ontario Beach Park. The 39-acre park provides walking and jogging trails on top of its beautiful beach vistas. As a bonus for couples interested in longer walks, according to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, by walking between 6,000 and 9,000 steps per day, older adults can reduce their risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack or stroke by 40-50% when compared to those who only walk about 2,000 steps per day.
We hope you enjoyed this list of reasons to take a walk with your partner around Rochester! Hopefully, we have convinced you to get outside and get moving so you can take in the sights and sounds of Rochester’s most beautiful parks and walking trails. Do you have any walks around the city you would like to recommend? Let us know!
If you are planning on visiting Rochester soon, there are three shops that you will want to make sure that you visit. Rochester is a great place to visit and there is a lot to do. There are plenty of shops to visit while you are on your weekend getaway but there are three that you must visit.
Helping Rochester small businesses is an easy way to give back to your community. During the cold winter, many families struggle to heat their homes and put good food on the table. Read along to find the best ways to support these local companies.
Whether you’re a parent, a child, or simply young at heart, you might have toys on the brain during this time of year. Back in 1964, 94,000 pedal-powered toy Mustangs were purchased for children during the Christmas season. And while more than 50 years may have gone by, we’re still paying tribute to the toys that shaped our childhoods thanks to Rochester’s own Strong Museum of Play and its National Toy Hall of Fame.
The weather is finally getting nicer so it’s time to put the video game controller down, gather up the family, and do something fun! Here are some great ways to kill time and have a blast around the great city we call Rochester…
According to the New York Post, Rochester seems to be a “grim and depressing” place to live. But anyone who loves the Flower City will tell you otherwise — even when it’s covered with that ubiquitous lake effect snow. Although people over the age of 55 are at least four times more likely to suffer a heart-related injury when shoveling the white stuff, many Rochesterians feel the harsh winters are well worth staying for.
Rochester’s arts and entertainment community is in the final stages of preparation for the 2016 First Niagara Fringe Festival , which takes place Thursday, September 15 to Saturday, September 24, all across Rochester. There will be more than 500 performances at more than 25 venues in and around the city. And 170 of those performances are totally free!
The Rochester Subway stopped passenger service on June 30, 1956. To mark the 60th anniversary of the subway’s closing the New York Museum of Transportation will host a two-day weekend event filled with talks, trolley rides, demonstrations of the Subway’s fully restored “Casey Jones” speeder, food, and vendors…
This fully restored vintage Greyhound bus appeared in the movie Race, the recent film about Jesse Owens’ fight to compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games where he won four gold medals. The bus will be open for visitors and tales from the restoration and filming of the bus will be told next Sunday at The New York Museum of Transportation…
Rochester Makerspace is hosting a Sunday Artists and Makers Expo on May 22 from 2 PM to 5 PM. Bring your friends or family and enjoy live music, plenty of refreshments, and an eclectic collection of artwork, crafts, and maker projects on display…
Letchworth Bridge in southern Letchworth State Park celebrates its 141st birthday this year (built 1875) and will be replaced by a new steel arch bridge about 75 feet to the south. The new bridge will take approximately 3 years to complete. During that time efforts will be made to turn the original bridge into a pedestrian walkway similar to the hugely successful Poughkeepsie NY bridge crossing the Hudson River and gorge—now a New York State Park…
Last week Medley Centre finally went up for auction. Angelo Ingrassia, former owner of Irondequoit Dodge, won the vacant building plus nine adjoining properties for the bargain basement price of $100,000.
The following images were taken last month (December 2015) inside Medley Centre…
The fate of the largest herd of white white-tailed deer in the world is at stake. But you can do something to help.
Although these deer are not albino, they are extremely rare. Their very presence is a small miracle. The Seneca white deer have thrived for decades within a 10,000-acre fenced former military munitions supply base called the Seneca Army Depot, about an hour-long drive from Rochester, which provided munitions for all U.S. wars between World War II and the first Gulf War…
Gallina Development , with the help of the Rochester Model Railroad Club , has restored a favorite old model railroad display for the holiday season. The model trains, which have sat in storage for a decade, will be in the lobby of The Metropolitan (formerly Chase Tower) at One Chase Square in Downtown Rochester through the holidays…
Searching for the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season? How about an itty bitty version of Kodak tower? ReplicaBuildings.com manufactures replica scale models of famous buildings from around the globe. And two of them have been plucked right from Rochester’s skyline…
Last week a Facebook message came in from RocSubway reader, Nate Sengillo. Nate wanted to share photos from his recent trip to Frontier Town. I’ve never been there myself, but I know I’ve heard of this place before as my family has spent more than a few summer vacations at nearby Lake George. But now seeing Nate’s photos, I wish I had…
For years I’ve wanted to camp overnight near the Seneca Army Depot and see if I could get some photos of the famed Seneca White Deer. Finally, I decided it was worth getting up before sunrise and just driving out there . The morning had perfect conditions. Hazy clouds extended the sunrise until at least 7:30 AM. Prime time activity for the deer population…
After the Erie Canal was rerouted south of downtown Rochester, the Rochester
Industrial & Rapid Transit Railway (the subway) was built in
its place as a link between the five different railroads and interurban trolley
lines that served the Rochester area. As the industrial landscape of Rochester
changed, and highways replaced the railroads, the Rochester subway gradually
became a relic of a bygone era. In 1956 the subway was abandoned and much of
its route was converted into Interstate 490 built to connect Rochester
with the New York State Thruway (I-90). Read more about the history of the Rochester Subway.
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