Home Remodeling/Renovation

24.03.2015 um 11:31 Uhr

Selling a home? Replace that old roof first

Selling a home can be very stressful, especially if you’ve let certain parts of your home fall into disrepair. It’s pretty common for homeowners to spend quite a bit of money just to get their home ready to put on the market. In the end, you hope you can get back more than what you put into fixing it up. When it comes to fixing up your home to get it ready to sell, some projects are more cost effective than others. It turns out that a new roof is what will get you the biggest return on your investment. Here’s why.

New roof equals curb appeal

It’s no secret that selling a home has a lot to do with curb appeal. You want prospective buyers’ first impression to be a good one. A lot of studies have been done to understand the psychology of home buying. It just so happens that prospective buyers will be more inclined to find things they dislike inside the home if they don’t like the home’s exterior. In fact, some buyers might not even make it inside the home at all if the outside is an eyesore. On the other hand, buyers can overlook some things like an outdated kitchen if the home’s exterior is pleasant to look at.

It goes without question that the state of your roof is right up there with your home’s siding and landscaping when it comes to the curb appeal of your home.

More bang for your buck


A new roof doesn’t just make your home look better, it will add to the value of your home more than just about any other home improvement project you can invest in. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2015 “Cost vs. Value Report,” replacing a roof that has fallen into disrepair with a new one has a great cost to value ratio. It’s one of the only home improvement projects that can actually help you turn a profit.

Despite these findings, many sellers funnel their remodeling budget into projects like an updated kitchen. While it can certainly add to the value of a home, homeowners still lose money as often as not when they do sell. Plus there’s the chance that prospective buyers won’t like the look of the new kitchen and would have preferred to remodel it themselves. A new roof, on the other hand, tends to be appealing to just about everyone regardless of style.

If you’re getting ready to put your house on the market and your roof has seen better days, get in contact with a roofing contractor who will sit down with you and discuss options and pricing.

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Source: thecourierexpress.com/online_features/home_improvement/article_8f48a05f-c886-55bb-b0e9-285d9dd0acaf.html

03.03.2015 um 08:15 Uhr

Reasons to Remodel or Renovate Your Home

Every home eventually goes through a phase where it needs so many upgrades that homeowners are forced to choose between renovating and remodeling or moving into a new home.  Making that decision isn’t easy, but here are some remodeling suggestions that can hopefully make the decision a little easier.  When in doubt, choose to remodel!
 
Increase a home’s value
 
If homeowners decide that it is just easier to move rather than renovate their current home, they are still faced with the tough decision of whether or not to upgrade in order to raise the value of their home and receive a higher selling price.  It is never a bad idea to invest in upgrades that will make a substantial change in selling price, and homeowners who are looking to sell their home should do what it takes to get the most out of it.  So even if moving is the best option, renovating and remodeling should not be ruled out.  Talk to a professional and determine which upgrades would give the most value to your home and then decide which upgrades are reasonable to accomplish.  Either way you win because you either get a higher price out of your home, or you decide you love it so much that you stay!
 
Prepare for retirement
 
Homeowners often decide to remodel their homes in order to prepare for retirement.  We never like to admit that we are getting older with each year, and eventually we will not be as mobile as we once were.  Moving is tough on older homeowners, so it might be best to upgrade your home with features that will benefit you as you get older such as step in showers with bars or opening up a closed in room so those with limited mobility can get around easier.
 
Cut down on utility bills
 
Another reason to remodel would be to install energy efficient features in order to cut down utility bills.  Going green in the home is not as difficult as it sounds, and while it might cost a lot up front, it definitely saves money over the years making it a worthwhile investment.  She Knows suggests that homeowners looking to make their homes more energy efficient look into products such as energy efficient windows, lighting and heating and air systems.
 
Create more space
 
The number one reason homeowners decide to model is to make more space.  As families grow homes get smaller, and the need for space is more apparent.  You might be thinking that once the kids move out you will have plenty of space, but the truth is when the kids move out they become parents and bring the grandkids over, making space even more valuable.  Do not be afraid to make your home accommodate all of your needs as well as your family’s, and do not wait for the perfect time to expand your home because the truth is as time passes, space only becomes more coveted.
 
                              
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Source: sheknows .com/home-and-gardening/articles/818864/10-Reasons-to-remodel-your-home