When you were spring cleaning the other day, it may have crossed your mind that the old place deserves a complete upgrade. More and more people over the last few years have decided to remodel their homes, and you may be tempted to join them. It could be that you’ve been wowed by what friends and neighbors have achieved by turning, say, a loft into a man cave, building a walk-in shower, or transforming a dingy basement into a kids’ playroom. All of these feats are achievable, of course, but there are a few things that you should probably take into account when embarking on anything like a major overhaul.
Somewhere to Start
Before you begin in earnest, you might think about concentrating on just one room to see how your ideas turn out in practice. There’s no shortage of kitchen refurbishment help and information online, so this might be a good place to begin. Maybe you could radically reconfigure all your countertops. Taking a kitchen island quiz could help decide whether this is a desirable option or not.
Would you like to have some kind of uniform style all through the house? Or would a little variation be in order? In addition, if there is something about your home that you used to like but now feels a little old-fashioned, think carefully before deciding on a change. After all, if your tastes have altered before, they could do so again; and you don’t want to be saddled with something you may find unsatisfactory in a few years’ time. Plus, never forget that first and foremost it’s often a good idea to make sure your home is in good general repair before introducing wholesale alterations.
You need, of course, to be certain you’ve got all financial eventualities taken care of. Even if it looks like your calculations are sound, it’s not only advisable to keep track of spending, but also have a contingency of up to 20 percent of your budget to cover anything unforeseen. In addition, don’t forget about the availability of government home improvement loans.
Don’t Neglect the Obvious
As much as you feel you want to make those big changes, you might also consider taking care of some of the simple tasks. A fresh coat of paint on exterior woodwork, for example, could make the old place look like new, and certainly won’t break the bank.
It might also be worthwhile deciding whether you’ve planned any renovations just for your own satisfaction or to add value to your home – which could affect cost as well as choice of materials and style. Bear in mind, though, that there’s no reason why any renovations can’t be both for yourself and to attract a future buyer.
Whatever you decide to do, it’s advisable, at least for a while, to proceed with a degree of caution before you get down to something truly lasting and transformational, and of which you and your family can be justifiably proud.