The reason for updating a home is the best place to start when deciding what updates you would like to make. If you are looking to sell your home its best to first evaluate the return you would get on the cost of updating before you decide which updates to make. However, if you plan on staying in your home and are just looking to give it a face lift, here are some suggestions that can help stretch your dollar.
• Sometimes all a room needs is a fresh coat of paint. If structural changes aren’t really necessary, painting can give a room the revitalization you may be looking for.
• Updating window treatments can give a room a whole new look and feel.
• Simply adding chair rail in a room can quickly and easily add sophistication
For Bigger Projects:
• Plan ahead. Make your design selections prior to starting your remodel project. Knowing in advance the carpet, tile, appliance and lighting fixtures will help you better manage your budget and prevent costly last minute decisions.
• Shop around for products. Price compare as much as possible. You may be able to achieve the look you are wanting with a less expensive product.
• Hire a professional. Having someone who is familiar with the building codes in your area can help avoid costly mistakes. Updates that don’t meet code can be expensive to correct and very time consuming.
• Make sure you have a detailed contract. There should be a clear understanding between you and your contractor of the scope of work. Make sure any selections you have already made are included in the contract to prevent confusion down the road.
• Keep an open mind. Discuss with your contractor all options for your remodel. There are several ways to achieve any design goal. Your contractor may be able to make suggestions that will help cut costs.
Check back next week for tips on updating the kitchen…