May 6, 2018

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Gathering the right information

Whether you are remodeling with the intent to sell your home, or you have just decided it is time for an upgrade to your living space, home renovation can be costly and time consuming. Yet, regardless of your budget or timeline, there are many projects that not only increase the value of your home, but also make for a more comfortable and attractive living environment. The following tips are designed to help you get the most out of your home renovation no matter how large or small your budget.

Planning is the key to a successful renovation that is completed on time and on budget. Ideally, you want to set your expectations in advance so that you can avoid any problems as the renovation progresses. You not only want to consider your own style and vision, but basic elements that will impact your renovation. For example, always consider lighting before you make changes to windows, take careful measurements of rooms so that you know your renovations can be accommodated and coordinate style elements for particular rooms throughout your entire renovation.

In addition to these general tips, you should consider the purpose of your renovation before you start. If you are updating your home for personal reasons, but you plan to continue living in it, your renovations need not be rushed. You can update a room at a time as your budget allows, or you can make grander plans. However, if you are hoping that renovations will help you sell your home, here are some factors you should consider.

Landscaping

The first impression visitors have to your home will be made by the landscaping. Regardless of whether you’re planning to sell your home, landscaping your front and backyard increases your property value dramatically without making a huge impact on your finances. Add flowers to your garden, build a planter, clean up debris, and you’ve already made improvements to your landscaping without spending a lot of money.

The Kitchen

The kitchen is a central room in your home, and usually involves the most challenging renovations. You can make small updates to your kitchen by painting, adding tile as a backsplash, refinishing cupboards, or you can go all out and do a complete kitchen renovation. Ultimately, you want to consider your own design preferences from contemporary style to country kitchen. New appliances are expensive, but they make a drastic difference to the overall look and feel of your kitchen.

Other Rooms

Renovations to the bathroom, living room, and bedrooms of your house can also be simple or grand in scale. Bathrooms tend to be more costly to renovate because of the fixtures, but many hardware and plumbing supply stores frequently offer sales on past years’ models of these fixtures. Also, like in the living room or bedroom, a quick coat of paint can completely revitalize your bathroom.

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May 4, 2018

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When to Begin Renovations

Home renovation often increases property value. This is one of the most common reasons for renovations, in addition to updating a home and making it more suited to your personal tastes. When it comes to renovations, some homeowners opt to utilise the services of professional contractors. Renovation projects can be very costly, especially where you enlist the services of a professional builder, interior designer or other specialist. This is why some people prefer DIY (do it yourself) renovations, which can be more cost effective, especially where you have the skills to do some of the tasks. So if you are thinking of DIY home renovations, here is a list of renovation tips that may help you renovate your home.

Plan

Having a plan for each step of your renovation allows you to renovate in a more cost effective manner, giving you the ability to budget accordingly before you start the project; an outline of the project will help during the renovations. Appropriating funds from your budget is extremely important. Kitchens and bathrooms are huge selling points in a house, which means you should spend the bulk of your time and resources renovating those rooms. Often a new coat of paint or new carpet can change the entire look of your bedroom and living rooms, and both are relatively inexpensive ways to improve a place.

If you are looking to increase the property value, talk to a realtor before you start your renovations. Your realtor can provide you with insight as to which renovations are worth the money and which ones will not turn a profit. Additionally, your realtor can provide you with current real estate trends so you can see what aspects of a house are selling points with buyers and which ones are not.

Improve instead of renovate

Before you start the project, think about what you want and decide whether or not you have to replace things or simply reface them. For example, if you are renovating your kitchen, ask yourself if you need all new cabinets or if painting or staining your current cabinets will provide your kitchen with the update you are looking for. In addition, you can remove the doors of your current cabinets and attach new ones for far less than the price of installing a complete cabinet system.

Cost

One of the biggest costs in renovating your house comes from materials. By purchasing and transporting materials on your own you can save hundreds of dollars. A contractor or other third party will charge you delivery fees among other hidden fees to pick up and deliver materials to your home. In addition, doing this yourself gives you the option of shopping around, comparing costs and finding items on sale or clearance. The best way to reduce cost is to go to places and source second hand building material. If you can’t access used materials, then head to thrift stores or larger outdoor stores that sell cheaper items.

Design

Creating a design for your renovation is perhaps the most important aspect in the remodelling process. Use resources of the internet to get an idea of how you want to design things and speak to professionals to get expert advice and tips on how best to approach the renovation and how to work with the space that you have.

Extra help

Some renovations will inevitable require the use of a contractor. If you are not accustomed to working with plumbing or cabinetry, it is wise to invest in a contractor to handle those aspects of the renovation for you. The low cost of doing it yourself is gone, but not knowing what you are doing can cost you a significant amount of extra money in the long run! If you must go the route of hiring a contractor, you can still get things done cheaply by doing smaller tasks yourself. For example, if you hire a contractor to handle your new kitchen, you can paint the kitchen yourself, which will save you several hundred dollars.

 

Consider these tips!

Before you start your renovation project, consider these DIY home renovation tips. Each will save you time and money on your renovation. Adhering to them will help you increase the property value of your home and maximise your profits by allowing you to see a return on the money you spent remodelling, should you decide to sell your home.

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