Choosing How To Remodel Your Home

Whether you’re slowly but surely constructing your idea of a dream house or planning to add value to your home for a resale, home remodelling decisions can be intense. Take some of the stress out of your redesign by following these tips.

1. Bathrooms

Bathrooms are one the most common places in the home that get remodelled, and it’s easy to see why. Not only do they get a lot of use, but they also hold a lot of potential for an easy makeover. If you’re just looking to update the feel of your bathroom, you can try installing new fixtures for the sink and bathtub/shower as well as adding new hardware to the cabinetry. Projects that are popular but don’t take a long time includes installing flooring or adding shower tiles. By taking a wall out, you can open up your bathroom and add a lot to the value of your property; when it comes to real estate home value, the biggest return of investment is done thanks to this.

2. Exteriors.

Your home’s exterior is quite often the most important part of selling it because it sets the tone for what buyers and real estate agents expect to see inside. If your siding is a bit shabby or worn, you should consider replacing it or just adding small flourishes like new trim or a fresh coat of paint. In addition, consider installing a new entry door to give your home a newly renovated look. If you’re creative, you could also put your talents to good use by adding a new decorations like a door mat, planting a garden, or installing a water feature.

3. Additional bedrooms.

This plus getting a bigger bathroom are the top ideas for increasing your home’s value. Transforming an unused space in the home – like a basement or attic – into a living area can be worth the money and time that you invest. And if you don’t have a space already carved out, you can consider it a blank slate from which to begin building an extra bedroom. And if you don’t have sufficient land to build horizontally, think of building up by creating another level to your house.

4. Window treatments.

It may not seem like a very big deal, but replacing the windows in your home can open up the space by providing more ventilation and sunlight where there was none (in case the previous windows were not functional). Also, if you are about to put your house on the market, this kind of improvement could be the tipping point that attracts an interested buyer to your listing. Keep in mind that newer windows tend to help conserve more energy because they are made from insulated glass and weather-sealing components.

5. Kitchens.

It tends to be most obvious how old the home is thanks to looking at the kitchen. It gets the most use and is most often subject to “fad” designs that scream old-fashioned once their time has passed. To update your kitchen, consider installing new cabinetry or recovering old cabinets. New, stainless steel appliances can also make your cooking space look more modern and clean as well as lend your kitchen energy efficiency. Finish your remodel off with new flooring, and your kitchen–along with the rest of the house–will look brand new.

Quick and Easy Ways to Spruce Up Your Real Estate

When you need to spruce up that recent real estate investment or get your home ready to sell, but you don’t want to spend a lot of time or money on it. Here are a few tips that are quick, easy and inexpensive ways to fix your fixer upper.

Paint – When you are trying to improve the appearance a little paint can go a long way in improvement. A nice freshly painted surface can make it look as good as new. If you find a good looking paint you may want to think about brightening up the trim with a coat of semi gloss. Make sure to go with a beige or white neutral color when painting the interior.

Cabinets – Do the bathroom and kitchen cabinets got you down? Spruce them up with a coat of paint to give them a new and improved look. If the cabinets are stained or heavily colored use a white semi gloss. A quick coat of paint on the cabinets is much less costly than replacing them and can make them shine. Take it a little further by purchasing some new hardware for the cabinets. You can pick up simple round handles inexpensively at any home improvement store.

Switch out the switch and outlet covers – Do not paint over switch plate covers. They are cheap so just purchase new ones and replace them for a fresh and clean look. If the problem is the entire switch does not work, replace the whole thing for as little as $2.

Give it new trim – If that trim is not looking good, just replace it. You can get the durable foam trim that looks just like the real stuff at Lowes or Home Depot. You will be able to find it either unfinished or already painted depending on what you are looking for.

Give it new doors and handles – Go ahead like on the outlet covers, bit the bullet and replace the doors. Doors are inexpensive you can typically replace an old door with a new six panel hollow core for around $30. Then take and give it even more by replacing the old, worn door handles with new ones. This can give it a fresh, less grungy look. Door handles will run about $10 to $20 depending on the style you choose.

On the topic of doors – Improve the entrance to the home by replacing that front door to make the home brighter. You can get a nice heavy door for about $140, but if you don’t want to replace it try giving it a coat of high gloss paint instead. Use a color that makes it pop like red or green.

Make the mailman smile – Buy a new mailbox that makes a statement. For around $30 to $40 you can get a mailbox unlike anyone else’s on the street. If you add another $60 you should be able to get a nice, new sturdy post to place it on.

Beware of the Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Snob!

In nearly every industry, there are professionals who are outdated, uninformed and stuck-in-a-rut. They do what they do well, they have been doing it for years, have a good reputation for providing skilled results, but they just haven’t kept up with modern day advances. Kitchen designers are no exception and some of them have a cabinet refacing attitude.

Make sure you don’t get stuck with one these. They will cost you money, and, in some cases, even deliver results that are less than the quality you deserve. Here’s how to recognize them.

1. They will tell you the cost of refacing is nearly the same as completely replacing your cabinets.

2. They will tell you your kitchen will look the same as it did before; you’ll just have some new doors without scratches and dents to look at.

3. They will tell you new cabinets will provide more quality and stability.

4. Your kitchen will be the same mess for as long as a complete redo.

WRONG! On all accounts these notions come from uninformed and old-fashioned perspectives. And it borders on unethical.

1. The money you will save on cabinet refacing will get a family of four a vacation in the Caribbean. Cabinet refacing will cost 50-60% LESS than new cabinets.

2. The new look will be leaps ahead of yesteryear. Today, you can choose from the highest quality door styles, wood species, stain colors, glazing, crown molding and hardware are nearly endless. You can have the kitchen of your dreams.

3. New cabinets are NOT always better quality. There is one qualification you must meet to begin the process. Your cabinet boxes have to be in good condition. If they are, and your house is “older”, chances are the cabinets are full plywood construction or solid wood, not something you’d get from brand new cabinets. This means that old cabinets will be better quality and more structurally sound that new ones.

4. The process of refacing is usually completed in a week or less! New cabinets may take 12 weeks or more! That translates into less mess for a shorter period of time which, let’s face it – less frustration!

Finally, and maybe most importantly in this century, is that refacing your kitchen cupboards saves trees! Furthermore you will most likely NOT have an ugly dumpster sitting in your drive for weeks on end (points with neighbors count for something, don’t they?) A cabinet refacing contractor will probably haul away any waste in the vehicle they drove up in. How’s that for doing your part for the environment?

Be informed. Don’t fall for the Cabinet Refacing Snob. He may have a good reputation for doing what he’s done, but he is ignorant about modern processes.

You know what to do now. Go out and get your new kitchen!