Your home is looking tired, but you aren’t sure what is needed to spruce it up. Or maybe you’re considering selling, and you think you’d fetch a higher price if you made some upgrades. If there isn’t anything pressing, such as a desperate need to get rid of old carpets or build another room for a new addition to the family, you may find yourself wondering just how to approach your next home renovation. Below are a few points to consider.
Reasons and Budget
Why are you thinking about a remodel? Is there a feature you’ve always hated, but you just don’t know what to replace it with? Maybe you have a vague idea that an area could be improved upon but you don’t know how. Perhaps clutter is an issue, but you aren’t sure how to create more storage. If you’re looking to age in place and plan to stay in your home long-term, a super stylish Lifton lift can not only help moving between levels of the home, but can also add value as well. Whatever is driving you to consider doing something different, go ahead and articulate it so that you can move forward in a more concrete fashion.
Your budget may be a factor, but it may not be as limiting as you assume. You should keep in mind that it’s common for renovations to run over budget, but many things can be done within a wide range of prices. Before you discount something out of hand, get a variety of quotes. Some options may be more affordable than you think as well.
Think about whether you want to choose something you can do yourself. This may or may not be related to budget, it’s not necessarily always cheaper to go the DIY route, especially if you factor in the value of your time, but it may be that you get real enjoyment out of sanding down a floor or repainting. However, even experienced DIY-ers should turn to experts for plumbing and electricity. If your heart is set on doing everything yourself but the work will involve either of these, you may want to rethink.
Take a Class
You might find inspiration in a class, or you may be able to realize your ambitions by doing so. Maybe you have a hankering for floor-to-ceiling bookcases. A woodworking class could give you just the expertise you need to carry out such a project. Alternately, maybe you aren’t quite sure what you want to do with your kitchen, but a course in design or kitchen remodeling could help you decide. Don’t assume you need to have a college or university nearby to find these classes either. Some contractors and others in the industry offer classes to the public, and there may also be online options.
Ask the Internet
When in doubt, go online. Look at photos of rooms and houses that you love. Save them until you identify a theme. You may suddenly discover that your dissatisfaction stems from the fact that you love open-plan spaces and that it’s time to find out if you can knock out some walls.