Renovating your home opens up all manner of possibilities, but it does take time and effort.
Here’s everything homeowners should know about starting a renovation project, courtesy of The
Choose Upgrades Carefully
Most homeowners have big dreams for their properties, but it’s unlikely you’ll be able to make
every improvement on your list. Consider the options and consult your budget to determine
which renovations will work for your home.
Are you contemplating a whole-room makeover, such as redoing a kitchen or finishing a basement? Do you hope to add square footage through a room addition or extension? Or are you hoping to bring a room, or multiple, into the current decade with cosmetic improvements? Consider popular trends in renovating for inspiration, too.
Evaluate your priorities and see where they align with your budget. Also, determine which, if
any, property permits you require. Then, it’s time to dive deeper!
Think Ahead When Selecting Styles
Remember that elements that speak to your personal style may not delight a potential buyer in
the future. Perhaps your house is your forever home, but if not, style is a critical factor.
If you ever decide to sell your home, updates like refinishing hardwoods or installing new flooring could earn a return on your investment. On the other hand, offbeat color schemes, unique lighting features, or custom kitchen decor may need replacing later.
Before checking out samples or perusing paint palettes, decide what the future of homeownership will look like. Then you can decide if a custom paint color or pricey kitchen appliance is worth it.
Make Upgrades Do Double Duty
Credit Karma notes that building a home office is one way to boost your home’s value and make
it more comfortable for daily living. Letting your new office do double duty, though, makes it an
even better addition. Add features that suit your decor but also put in work when guests come to
Storage ottomans or clean-looking cabinets give room to stow bedding and pillows, and a
sleeper sofa serves two purposes. A full-length mirror is another classy addition that makes your
space welcoming while it works hard.
Get as Much Information as Possible
Before signing on to work with a contractor, get all the information you can. Being able to chat
with a prospective contractor and getting a solid estimate is paramount for ensuring your project
Many companies that offer landscaping services have access to software for landscape
designers. This type of job-specific software helps them with design, estimating, invoicing, and
project management. This paper trail (even if digital) is beneficial for both parties.
Get a thorough quote from your contractor and ask for a mockup of their designs before the
project begins. That way, you know you’re on the same page as work starts.
Plan Around Construction Dust
The nature of your renovation project will determine how messy things get around the house.
Dust, noise, and harsh odors might disrupt daily life if you’re at home while renovations are
happening. Plus, if the construction project involves shutting off the water, power, or gas, things
could get uncomfortable.
Check with your contractor on project parameters before work begins. Then, decide whether to
plan outings or even a short-term stay elsewhere while work is in progress. HGTV points out
that living without a kitchen could be doable in the short term, but it may not be the best-case
Keep an open line of communication with your contractor, or the supervisor on the project, so
that you know what is happening each day. Setbacks and delays can happen, but your
contractor should keep you up to date.
From designing a home office to updating the kitchen and bathrooms and more, renovating can
change the look and feel of your entire property. Knowing what to expect and how to get started
will help make the process less stressful, and in no time, you’ll be enjoying your “new” house.
Work with the team of passionate and community-driven professionals at The Alfriend Group
discover how we can best help you in your pursuit of the American Dream. Contact us today for
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