Remodeling your home can modernize the style, make it more comfortable, improve energy efficiency and home functionality, increase the value of your home, and help with upkeep and maintenance. Home remodeling is an investment in your home to ensure longevity, usefulness and home value.
When is it time to remodel?
The reasons for home remodeling are as varied as the projects we undertake. Some of these include:
- Adding more space.
- Upgrading cabinets, counters, appliances and fixtures.
- Creating a floor plan that’s customized for your lifestyle.
- Improving energy efficiency with new windows, doors, insulation and climate control systems.
- Increasing the resale value of your home.
What are some home remodeling ideas?
Before you head too far down the remodeling path, it’s a good idea to think through your wants and needs:
- Decide what changes you want to make.
- Ask yourself and other family members what you like and dislike about the house, then create a prioritized list.
- Look at magazines and collect pictures of what appeals to you.
How do I plan a home remodel?
The first step is to develop an idea of what you want to do. Write a prioritized list of your needs and wants. The more clearly you can envision the project and describe it on paper, the better prepared you’ll be in making your decisions.
Think about traffic patterns, furniture size and placement, colors, lighting and how you expect to use the remodeled space, now and in the future.
Figure out how much money you have to spend on the remodeling job, furnishings, landscaping or any other cost you might incur.
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How do I pay for a home remodel?
One of the most important considerations for your home improvement project is financing. After all, the project will go nowhere if you can’t pay for it. Fortunately, there are several options that can provide the dollars you need. Four of the most common are a home improvement loan, a home equity line of credit a home equity loan (second mortgage), and a cash-out refinancing of your current mortgage. However, the simplest method of financing is cash.
How do I find a professional home remodeler?
When you hire a remodeler, you are buying a service rather than a product. The quality of service the home remodeler provides will determine the quality of the finished product and your satisfaction with the result. To ensure your satisfaction, make sure you hire a qualified, professional remodeler from the Southern Tier Home Builders & Remodelers Association.