Reasons to Remodel Your Home in 2017Nick Walton
Spring is on its way. This is a time of starting fresh, which is exactly why many people choose to clean out their homes in spring. But maybe you need more than just a cleaner home. Perhaps you need a home remodel that’ll help you get the most out of your space.
Remodeling work is usually done for one of three reasons: to increase market value before you sell, to add space to a home that’s a bit cramped, or to update an older home with the aim of making it more modern.
With each one of the above reasons for remodeling your home, there are things you should keep in mind if you want a result that will be satisfying.
Remodeling for Increased Market Value
When you’re remodeling your home with the hopes of fetching a higher price, the important thing to remember is that it’s not about you. Although you’re the one who’ll be paying for the renovations, the work you have done should be completely focused on your buyers.
Think about your home from a buyer’s perspective. Would you be more likely to buy the home after the remodeling work you’re planning to do? If the answer is no, you’ll have to rethink the changes you want to make and improve them.
Two of the most popular rooms to upgrade when you want to increase your home’s market value are the kitchen and bathroom. Here are three things you should keep in mind when upgrading these rooms:
- Buyers care more about whether or not something is practical than they care about how it looks. Don’t make changes just to look nice and neglect plumbing or electrical work that needs fixing.
- Simple changes to make your place look more homey can make a huge difference. Your house should be squeaky clean whenever potential buyers are there and it shouldn’t feel like buyers are intruding on your personal space, but like a space that’s welcoming to everyone. Make your kitchen feel like a cozy coffee shop and your bathroom like a hotel bathroom. Clear away all your things and replace them with luxury items such as scented candles, soft towels or freshly baked cookies.
- If your kitchen is very small, add some more space to it to make it bigger. If your house has less bathrooms than the others in your neighborhood, add another bathroom. But if your kitchen and bathrooms are large enough, focus on adding more storage rather than making them bigger.
Remodeling for Added Space
One of the best ways to add more space is simply by adding a room. You can build an indoor living area and fill it with things that you’ll find enjoyable. Popular things to add include a table tennis area, an indoor porch area with a dining table and large windows, or an office area.
Of course, when adding rooms or enlarging the ones you already had, the possibilities are endless. You could add anything you ever wanted.
But there’s a catch. If you’re not planning to live in your current house for the rest of your life, then doing renovations that can improve your home’s resale value is still something you should keep in mind.
Sometimes the remodeling work you want to do for yourself will look out of place to potential buyers. It’s alright to do things that you like, even if they seem a little strange, but don’t go too crazy adding things that will put off potential buyers one day.
Remodeling to Stay Modern
If your house looks tired and old fashioned, remodeling to give it some new life makes a lot of sense. The trick when remodeling modernizing old homes, however, is the to stay true to the house and its original architecture.
What this means is that your upgrades should reflect, at least to some extent, the era your house was originally built in. Trying to change a Victorian house to look modern and minimalistic probably isn’t such a good idea. Unless you are a designer, it will be nearly impossible to marry those two elements in your house to create a bigger picture that actually makes sense. This means that any minimalist elements you want to add should reflect your home’s Victorian origins rather than leaning too heavily to the side of 21st century architecture.
Modernizing an old home is somewhat of an art, but when done right, it adds a sense charm that new homes simply don’t have. And that’s probably the beauty of working with an older home, you get to flaunt the fact that it has a history and a story to tell.
The last thing to keep in mind when remodeling and old home is potential health concerns associated with your older house. Old homes are often built with asbestos, or they have layers of lead-based paint hiding in their walls. Old homes are also more likely to have mold growing in the walls.
Because of this, getting a health inspector to check your place out before upgrading it might be best. Unfortunately, it’s better to completely demolish some old homes, as they often become too much of a health hazard. In that case, you’d have to entirely rebuild the home rather than upgrading it.
Hopefully you’re psyched up and ready to start your remodeling project. Once you’ve decided what you need done, Walton Home Solutions can help you do the construction work so your family home fits you just right.