1. You get a new space that is fit exactly to your needs and specifications.
2. You get to have a new and larger space without having to move.
3. You can accommodate whatever new person or thing in your life prompted this want to renovate.
4. Having a new space that fits your life and needs is proven to improve mood and productivity in the home.
1. Not everyone in the home or family may like the idea of the remodel.
2. There will be a lot of hassle and stress during the renovation.
3. Strange people will be in your home for the entire time the renovation is happening.
4. Tempers can run high during times like these.
5. For a portion of this time parts of your house will be taken apart or unusable; you have to go through chaos in order to get what you want in the end.
So, there are about an equal number of pros and cons. You just have to look at both lists and find out if you can deal with the bad in order to get the good.
Making sure you have good windows that are in good condition is important whether you’re renovating your house or not. Without the proper windows the cold won’t stay inside during the summer and the heat won’t stay during the winter. Old or low quality windows could also let too much sunlight inside, causing your skin to be exposed to higher levels of UV rays than they’re supposed to normally.
Make sure you check your windows regularly, and when in doubt call in a professional. When it is time to change your windows, make sure you hire someone who is licensed and trustworthy. You can check different websites for reviews on various window companies.
Take care of your windows whether they’re new or not. Don’t slam them, make sure they’re closed tightly, don’t leave them open for long periods of time, and make sure you clean them. All these things will help them to keep functioning as they’re meant to.
Also, consider energy efficient windows to keep your various energy bills down. Go green and harness the power of the sun to help run the electronic items in your home. Not only will it be great for the planet, it will also cost you thousands less per year than you’re paying without energy efficient windows.
The first thing someone is going to look at when thinking about purchasing a home is the outside of the house. Not to mention that you can actually ask for more money if the outside of your house is nicely landscaped. So, what can you do to increase the value of your home through outdoor renovations? Here are a few things:
1. Put down colored concrete in the driveway or walkways. This creates a great contrast with the grass and regularly colored road around your home and in your yard.
2. Add interesting landscaping to your yard. Things like gardens or walls will add visual interest and value.
3. Get your driveway pressure washed to reveal concrete that looks practically brand new.
4. Add concrete or brick edging around your garden, driveway, or garden.
5. Add some stenciling to your plain or colored concrete to make it that much more interesting and appealing.
Getting one or two of these simple and fairly priced renovations done to the outside of your home will bring the value significantly up if you’re looking to sell and will make your yard and home look nicer even if you aren’t selling.
You’ve decided to do a home renovation, but you don’t know how to go about finding a contractor. Finding someone to do a remodel on your home can be very stressful, but if you put the thought and time into it, it can be a great success.
1. First of all, ask around. Is there anyone you know who has had a home renovation done lately? Maybe they could give you a name or phone number for a good contractor.
2. If you don’t know anyone who can recommend someone to you, it’s up to you to do the research. First, check out contractors in your area and the reviews each have gotten. Toss out anyone with all or mostly bad reviews and choose four or five with good or great reviews to call.
3. Good contractors are busy, so don’t be surprised if they don’t answer when you call. Leave a message asking them to get back to you asap. It may take a few days for them to return your call, depending on their call volume, so be patient. Remember, it’s a GOOD sign that they are this busy.
4. Once you’ve talked to a few good contractors, compare prices and previous work they’ve done. Consider not only your budget, but the type of renovation you’re having done. Who seems like they’re right for the job? Have any of them done a similar job before and had it come out exceptionally well?
5. Once you’ve made your decision politely tell the contractors you’re deciding not to go with that you’re going to be going in another direction, but thank them for their time. Then call the contractor you’ve chosen to schedule a time to hash out the details of your home renovation.
Some of this stuff may seem simple, common sense, but it’s important stuff that will help you find the best person possible for the job at hand.