You’re ready to remodel the family home or another property that has peaked your interest. Time to look at what features need to be updated or upgraded. Even if you’ve lived in the property a while, it may be a good idea to bring in a property examiner or home improvement specialist to help determine a list of priorities. They will also be able to help you determine cost estimates as well as budget and financing. Necessities like electrical, plumbing and heating also need to be addressed. Make a list of any needed improvements to bring the home working operations up to date. Include the improvements you desire to make to the home features. Maybe it is time to get that dream bathroom, modern kitchen, or provide a new game room or family room.
Determining Upgrades, Improvements, and Benefits of Remodeling
After you have had a little help determining what work to do, expected costs, budgeting for unexpected costs, and have arranged affordable financing, it is time to map out who will do the work. Some remodeling projects such as laying tiles, wood floors or painting may be done relatively easy by yourself. Unless you are highly skilled, you will want to find qualified reputable contractors to perform any electrical, furnace or plumbing work. For complicated jobs like installing new kitchen cabinets or a new tub or shower, you will probably want to consider outside help to complete the job. Many projects may even overlap.
Utility improvement should probably be tackled first. It is important to have working plumbing, safe and efficient electrical systems, and reliable heating and cooling. They will maintain a home’s value. If the home is ever resold, they will add value to the property, giving buyers confidence in a purchasing a quality home. Updating heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical systems of a house can be the most expensive part of any renovation. Updating these from the start will provide easier access and reduce costs. Old galvanized pipes can be converted to copper and PVC. Outdated electrical systems can be changed from hazardous to modern by rewiring and adding new electric panels. You may want to check out Mr. Electric for reliable, professional service upgrading your electrical systems.
Use New Technology
Use modern technology to assist your efforts. New, efficient water heaters are easy to install, cost less to operate than old water tank systems, and provide heated water quickly and for as long as you need it. No more running out of hot water because one family member took an extra long shower or the washing machine is running. I can tell you that as a mom, I have experienced that a few too many times!
Replacing pipes reduces the risk of breakage or leaks and offers increased flow. New technology can make your entire water system more efficient. One homeowner had a second system added to provide safe used filtered water to maintain gardens, shrubs, and trees, while also saving water. It is a win win!
Electrical system upgrades offer more technological services today, providing tracking and making daily usage more efficient. These upgrades save costs and offer remote tracking of your home while away, monitoring a long list of items in your home. Remotely turn on or off lights, the television, or any other appliance. Add a security system as part of an electrical upgrade at a low cost to provide additional safety. Efficient electrical or even electric assisted gas heating systems are another advantage to updated electrical work for heating your home.
All of these utility upgrades add value to your home. When you add in remodels to the bathrooms, kitchen, windows, walls, and flooring, the value of the property may increase far above the cost of the remodel. Home renovations to improve home efficiency as well as kitchen, bathroom, and window upgrades normally recoup the cost of the upgrades in later resale value. Taxes and interest costs may be deducted from income taxes, providing an additional benefit.
Think of the benefits you will create for your family: a beautiful new efficient home with reduced operating costs. Your family will enjoy the new home and its added value. If you follow the adage of ‘more efficiency, not bigger’, you will also enjoy the use of more storage space at little cost. As you begin your renovation project, you can look forward to making your house the beautiful, efficient home you have wanted.