Thoughts You Should Have If You’re Looking to Remodel Your Home
Remodeling your home can be an intensive process, and such a big decision requires a lot of consideration. What are the benefits? What are the downsides? What does the process actually involve? What do I want to get out of this upgrade? All these questions must be answered to ensure your remodeling project accomplishes what you need and is worth your investment.
Throughout this blog, we’ll be going through the benefits of remodeling, the considerations you should make beforehand, and what the advantages of renovating will be for you.
First Considerations Before Embarking on a Remodel
The first question any homeowner should answer before beginning their remodel is why they’re considering changing things up. Are you looking to modernize your property? Do you need extra space for a new home office or a growing family? Are you selling soon and want to up the value? Locating the reasons for your desire to remodel will guide the rest of the process as you prioritize the new function you hope to introduce.
Another initial consideration you should have is time. The optimal time for beginning your construction may depend on whether you currently have many tasks on your plate or you’re hoping to have your home fully ready to use by a certain time.
Finally, the all-important question you should ponder, speak with your accountant about, and plan for is the budget. Before getting into the specifics of the design, layout, materials, and more, it’s important to have a threshold for what you can spend on your upgrade.
What's In it For You?
If you’re a property owner, remodeling can have myriad benefits, the most common of which include the following:
Added Monetary Property Value
Remodeling key areas like the kitchen, bathroom, and basement can significantly impact your property value, which may ultimately outweigh the initial investment of the remodel. Many real estate agents and experts will tell you that what buyers look for in a new home is a functional and updated kitchen and a clean, well-repaired bathroom.
Increased Comfort and Improved Design for Living and Working
While remodeling can help you enhance your property value for when you sell, it’s good not to overlook the immediate benefits of living in a home tailored to your needs. Perhaps you recently started working from home and need new office space, or you’ve gotten into cooking and want more countertop space to spread out. Regardless, the thrill of being able to tailor your home to your exact needs and lifestyle is a significant pleasure that can’t be overestimated.
Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Upgrades
One benefit homeowners may not consider for their remodel is how it presents an opportunity to implement significantly improved energy usage updates. We’ve come a long way in sustainable energy usage, innovating ways to keep heat and cold in to save on climate control and distribute power so that none is wasted. Modern and updated appliances, materials, and features can save you a bundle on your energy costs once your remodel is complete.
The Importance of Maximizing Your Space
In many cases, the choice to remodel stems from dissatisfaction with the space as it is. That’s why it’s important to consider the aspects of the targeted area you like and those you don't like before starting. If you need more storage space, explore innovative and visually pleasing cabinetry and shelving options. If you’re looking for space to work out or pursue a hobby, consider which room gets the best light and is the right temperature to be comfortable.
When getting the most out of your space is the priority, the results of your remodeling project will be powerful and marked. You'll be able to use your space in new and unique ways that you may not have ever considered.
Start with Remodeling Your Bathrooms
If you look at your bathroom and feel it's outdated, drab, or boring—it's time for a change. Although bathrooms are usually hidden away, they should be one of the most comfortable rooms on your property. Property owners know this, and so do buyers. Renovating your bathroom will pay off in dividends by boosting your resale value and making your property more attractive to those in the market for a new home.
Remodeling Your Kitchen Should be a Priority
Speaking of essential spaces, the kitchen tops the list as the center of any home or office. It's where you cook, do the dishes, and spend time with family and friends.
When you're remodeling your kitchen, you're effectively upgrading your life, and the kitchen is a major part of any lifestyle. Additionally, it can't be overestimated how much a renovated kitchen can push the needle forward on property sales.
Have You Considered Remodeling Your Business?
Remodeling a commercial space can enable you to grow your business and expand to meet the demands of the future. Whether you work in a storefront or office, the space you work in or that clients see is critical to your success as a commercial entity.
Are you trying to expand your business? Would doing so eventually require more space? Can your current spaces handle your technological requirements now and in the future? Once you carefully answer these questions, you might find that a remodel is on your horizon.
What to Look Out for When Researching Contractors
If you’ve gotten this far and are confident a remodel is the right path for your property, the next thing to do is consult a contractor. There are many aspects to look out for when hiring a contractor, with some of the most important red flags including the following:
- No references
- Extremely low bids
- No proof of insurance
- Poor communication
- Poor or no reviews of work
- Vaguely worded contract
- Requires a large down payment
- Difficulty verifying contractor's license
If you’ve decided that a remodel is the right way forward for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Vanguard Hammer Construction to put your plan into action. We’re skilled contractors and home remodelers serving Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Lakeland. Get in touch today at (954) 488-4787 to book a consultation.