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by Delco Realty Group
on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 at 7:33am.
Planning a renovation is an exciting undertaking. You likely have visions in your head of sparkling new materials, a fresh look at your home, and innovative new space. Whether you've already started prepping or are just starting to get the renovation bug, you might already have thought through the essentials and have everything well planned out. However, there are still a few things you may not have considered yet. If you want to make sure you've covered all your bases, ask yourself these 4 questions. By doing so, you'll ensure that you're going into your renovation well set and primed for success!
If the goal of your renovation — primary or secondary — is to increase the value of your home and make it enticing for prospective buyers, there are a few extra things to consider. Firstly, you'll need to consider whether the changes or additions will require extra work or effort on the new owner's part. This will factor into their decision of whether or not to purchase your home. For example, a natural-inspired pond or swimming pool might be a dream come true for someone who loves water features and is willing to put in the work — but to others, the amount of maintenance might be a major nuisance. If you're planning to sell, it's best to play it safe and only opt for the embellishments that you know will pay off.
Think about what you normally do in the room or space that is being renovated. Then, imagine it post-remodel and try to discern what will need to be done differently, if anything. You might have been excited visualizing the stunning new finishes, but you shouldn't forget to make sure you won't be inconveniencing yourself. Will there be a compromise on privacy? Functionality? Maybe you're opening up a wall between the kitchen and living room — but now television noise disrupts the ambiance of the kitchen. Likewise, maybe cooking and washing noises now flow into bedrooms more easily, or the sliding glass door to the patio makes the living room colder. Just be sure to consider all possibilities and likely consequences of the renovation. Then, decide whether any compromises are ones you are willing to make in order to achieve the desired result.
Try to avoid spending money on trendy fixtures that you were advised were "musts". While superficial, easily-removable trends are great to spruce up your home with, for any large-scale overhauls, you're better off selecting classic fittings and finishes that won't be considered passé within the next few years. While this is important particularly if you're trying to appeal to the widest range of buyers, it also applies to your own return on investment. If a trend becomes completely obsolete, you may not consider the renovation to have been worth the expenditures.
If you pour all your money into a shiny contemporary bathroom while the rest of your home is still clad in 1980s finishes, you're not really helping your home. Firstly, this will leave you discontented with the extent of your renovations, and you may want to spend extensively in order to bring the rest of your home up-to-date. If you can't afford to do so, it could easily bother you for years. A renovation should enhance the rest of the home, making it look more expensive — not worse. That's why you should ensure your new trimmings blend well with the rest of the interior. Choose newer looking finishes that match those of the rest of the house but simply look more upgraded. The transition from room-to-room should be streamlined and seamless. While your revitalized areas could be more notable, the contrast should not be shocking or jarring.
What are your top tricks for a successful renovation? Share your ideas and experiences with our readers in the comments below!
Lisa Alexander | (864) 915-8547
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