How to Love Your Home Again With a Remodel
“The most important aspect for remodeling your home is to have the look and feel that works best for you.” – Kathi Fleck, Renovate, Remodel… Relax!
One of the major reasons a homeowner wants to remodel their home is to find new ways to love it again. But with this sort of commitment, there are sometimes doubts that may arise that make people hold off on going forward. Here are some possible answers to four common questions that homeowners ask their remodeler before getting started.
Will the remodel be worth it in the end?
Any home remodel entails investment of time, money, and patience. Obviously, if you are ready to make such an undertaking, it all needs to be worth it in the end. As with any investment, you need to understand where things are really going. Be sure the budget you have set is feasible for the results you desire in the end. Your contractor can help in this aspect, as it can be difficult for some to figure out the cost behind certain features. Knowing what the end result should be will help give you peace of mind in the worth of the project.
How much should I invest in my home?
Every home is different. Your particular real estate market and neighborhood has a great effect on remodeling spending realities for the best return on investment. Of course, if you plan to stay put for the foreseeable future, the emotional benefits are what matter the most. Still, be mindful of what is worth spending. You may feel that you have a great house, but you wish it were in a different neighborhood. The opposite can be equally true. Finding the equilibrium between these two feelings is where you should be at. A well-done remodel can often help straighten things out and make you feel more at home.
Do I really need this much of an update?
A major influence in remodeling is updating a space from a fashion standpoint. There are kitchens and bathrooms built in the 1960’s and 1970’s being demolished all the time to make room for up-to-date modernized kitchens. However, there are ways to update a space without a complete teardown. Keep your home’s value in mind and try to steady your remodeling budget under 25 percent of that total value. If you can’t do what you were first imagining on that kind of budget, your remodeler will work with you to find a plan that will work for both you and your budget.
Can I trust the person suggesting the plan?
Obviously, you want to work with a contractor that you trust in your home. Checking out that contractor’s previous projects and following up with references is always a good idea. You want to know that even if the design looks great on paper, it will also be built correctly by the contractor. Any good contractor will have reliable references, pictures of previous projects, and other ways to show you exactly how their work is up to par.
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