Jeri Collins Home Remodel April 15th, 2019 - 01:13:46
The kitchen and bathroom areas are the two main parts of the house that usually reveal the age of a house more than the areas do. For this reason, they are among the most popular home remodeling projects. Many advances in comfort and energy efficiency have come in recent years. Taking advantage of these can increases the value and overall look of your home whether you are renovating for your own comfort or selling your home.
When considering making any major improvements to your home, you should first think of your budget. Even before you decide what you wish to change, you should decide how much you can afford to spend. Next you can choose how you plan to finance the project. Home improvements may be quite an endeavor for the average home owner, but if your have budget in mind, it will at least give you some guidelines for maintaining costs. In my experience both as a builder and end user, unexpected costs may arise and you must be equipped financially for these possible delays.
You will also find out which companies you will want to avoid as well in this manner. Another way to find a good contractor is to stop the next time you notice a home that has recently been remodeled in a way that you like, and ask the owners who the contractor was who did the work. They can also offer a recommendation, or not, which is valuable information to you.
When searching for the right contractor, remember to check their experience and expertise. Have they been in business for a long time? Do they specialize in particular remodel projects? It is also a good idea to ask for references. A good contractor will have many references to share with you. Be wary of those who don't as this could be a sign of inexperience or a contractor who doesn't have a good working relationship with clients. If they have one, ask to view their portfolio of past home remodels to see what the contractor has accomplished. Work with someone you trust. You want to get quality results within your budget.
There are two types of home equity loan, the HELOC (Home Equity Line of Credit) and the lump sum loan. Both are optimal for remodeling use. Lump sum is the percentage equivalent of the home's value while HELOC is a credit line the percentage equivalent of the home's value. For major home remodeling loans that includes several rooms and areas (and with overall cost reaching a hundred dollars) the lump sum home equity loan should be applied, otherwise HELOC should be used.
And lastly (this is always the most sensitive point), be wise with your designs. If you know that you are planning to sell, try to stick to neutral, sellable designs. Neutral designs are easier to market and people tend to prefer them because they are easier to modify to personal style. When people buy a home they want to make it theirs without, for example, a rhinestone fireplace or intricate designs making them feel like strangers in someone else's quarters. If you feel like neutral designs would really stifle your style and make you feel like a stranger in someone else's abode while you live there, try decorating using techniques that are easily altered, like wall colors that you can quickly repaint when you begin the process of selling.