With the recent decline of the housing market, people have found flipping their homes–the oft-maligned practice of buying homes cheaply, renovating them, and turning them over for a quick and easy profit–an increasingly dubious enterprise.
In today’s economy, a homeowner is better served by taking a long-term approach to their properties: gradually upgrading their rooms and maintaining the well-being of their pipes and plumbing. It’s fine if you purchase a property with the intent to sell it, but make sure you can live in it first. This short article handles some of the more basic things you need to know about home remodeling.
Usually, at the very top of the list of what homeowners want is a complete kitchen remodel. But how do you go about doing so? Over the past decade, there have been many innovations in kitchen design–certainly there are many more ways to renovate your kitchen nowadays than there were even 15 years ago. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, especially with so many television shows depicting lovely contemporary kitchens with fireplaces, beverage fountains and more newfangled devices. Of course, you’re bound to think: I want those things, too!
But do you really need all of that? Here’s some quick advice: don’t overspend on appliances you don’t need. Blenders and Espresso machines and quirky fruit cutting devices and the like might seem like awesome investments until you realize that you’ve cut into your budget for more essential appliances like your refrigerator and stove. Never mind all of the space that stuff takes up!
We have seen a growing quantity of homeowners devoting their funds, time and energy to making their living areas more livable — starting with the living room.
If you view home restoration programs on TV, you’re probably familiar with the pattern of knocking down walls that separate smaller, uneven areas in order to create more geometrical, aesthetically pleasing, functional new areas — designing everything with an eye primarily toward use. And there is no better place to put this new vogue philosophy to use than the living room.
A few simple rules to keep in mind: consider the elegance of the box form; group windows together to focus on the best view rather than spreading them out; keep ceiling heights proportional to the room.
Some Final Advice
Home remodeling can be hugely costly and time intensive. In order to get a sense of some potential plans of action, visit available homes, view property and home improvement plans, obtain publications, and search the net. In addition to remodeling your kitchen or living room, some of the best ways to increase the value of your home include renovating your bathrooms and terraces. You might also consider “adding” an extra room by redesigning an old space. It might seem expensive at the time, but remodeling jobs like these are bound to be worthwhile investments in the long run.
Plus, if you’re interested in eventually selling your home, a full-scale remodeling job done over a period of years can make your home appear well cared-for, and consequently more attractive to prospective buyers.