Reasons to remodel run through your mind all the time when you are thinking about remodeling your home. Do not feel alone. You are not the only one thinking about it. Millions of people remodel their homes every year.
Reasons To Remodel Your Home
Bored with the look and function of your home? Your neighborhood is great and the location of your home is close to work, but still, something is missing. Remodeling your home can change your mood by adding a new color or a new design. Interior and exterior upgrades add curb appeal and increased value to a home.
There are many reasons homeowners choose to remodel. If you plan on staying in your home for a lifetime, different situations arise that lend to the need to remodel. Changes in the number of family members, mobility, physical needs, and health needs are just a few factors considered in the decision to remodel your home.
Identify Your Needs for Remodeling
With the vast amount of design and material options available, remodeling offers many choices. With the help of a remodeling professional, homeowners can develop an idea, set a budget, and begin the process of a home makeover.
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MORE SPACE PLEASE
The desire for additional space is one of the top reasons to remodel. Additional children, elderly parents moving in, and the desire for increased function of your home all warrant the need for more space. Toddlers who once shared a bedroom and/or bathroom may eventually need their own space when teenagers.
Implementing a universal design is an option for creating spaces for everyone in the home. This design type is flexible in use, accommodating diverse preferences. Universal design is good for seniors and special needs family members who need more space for greater mobility throughout the home. Wider doorways, hallways, and clear spaces are a few structural changes incorporated in universal designs.
The Value of Remodeling
Most homeowners remodel their kitchen or bathrooms to increase home values. If you can’t afford a complete kitchen remodel, start small. New appliances, cabinets, or new flooring are ways to improve the look and function of your kitchen. Outdoor improvements such as new siding or landscaping do not only add curb appeal, but they can increase the home’s value too. Planting more trees or adding a new front door does not have to cost much.
Which remodel project will increase the value enough to recoup the costs? Remodel magazine analyzes cost vs. value for remodeling projects in various markets. It compares what homeowners pay for certain remodels to what they can expect to gain upon selling. Homeowners can use this report to help them decide on a remodeling project.
Increased Energy Efficiency
Energy costs don’t have to be high. You can save and have a more efficient home with upgrading or replacing a few items in your home. Windows, insulation, and a new heating and cooling system are just a few items to help you save on energy costs.
- Recessed LED Lighting
- Weather-Strip Doors and Windows
- Using Low VOC Paint
- Using Reclaimed Materials Like Wood
- Choosing Furniture That Has Many Functions, Maximicing Space
- Installing Solar Panels
- Replacing old appliances with energy-efficient appliances
Moving vs. Remodeling
Remodeling may be the best option versus moving for various circumstances. Here are some to consider:
- If you live in an area where the home values are steadily increasing, staying in your current home will save you money.
- If there is less inventory available for buying a home, remodeling your current home is a solution.
- A new home could cost you more long term, what with moving expenses, mortgage and realtor fees, etc.
- Most families develop an emotional attachment to their neighborhood. The kids have developed good relationships and the school district is great. If you enjoy your location, there is no need to move.
- Relocating to a larger home could result in paying higher property taxes and homeowners’ insurance.
Weigh the costs of both remodeling and relocating options before making a final decision.
Need For Repairs
If your home is deteriorating in certain areas, remodeling is a must. Some issues must be looked at before costly structural damage or health issues arise.
Flooring. Flooring replacement is needed if your home has flooded. Carpet thinning is bound to happen after people have walked on the same spot for years.
Leaky Roof. Immediate attention is required if water is entering your home through the roof. A leaky roof could lead to more damage if unattended. A roof replacement can cost $5000-$10000 depending on the square footage and type of material used.
Paint is Chipping. Color fading or cracked paint is another reason to remodel. New coats of exterior paint can add curb appeal. New interior painting can give the room a fresher, cleaner appearance.
Pest Infestation. If you have termites or any kind of insects eating away at the wood in your home, call a professional immediately. Remodeling that area of the home is important. It can stop the infestation from spreading to the rest of your home.
Mold. If mold is not removed within 24 hours, it can grow rapidly. Health issues can develop if breathing in the air that contains the mold spores. Mold on flooring, wood, and in moisture-prone rooms needs to be removed and the area treated as quickly as possible.
Most Common Remodels
Kitchens, bathrooms, door replacements, and room additions are the most common remodels. Standard kitchen upgrades include cabinets, countertops, appliances, fixtures, and flooring.
Bathroom remodels often see new bathtubs, toilets, or vanity. A new front door or fresh new paint color is one of the easiest upgrades to do. Redesigning the layout of the home, like knocking out a wall, or adding more square footage are also standard remodel projects but are much more involved.
There are many resources to inspire you on which projects to take on. Magazines, family, friends, design shows, and home trade shows are plentiful. Houzz is a popular website that lists many remodel projects for any room. HGTV is another outlet that allows viewers to see makeovers done in homes.
Being unique may not pay off. You might want a kitchen that looks like a 1980s replica from “Stranger Things,” but the person you’re selling to might hate an avocado and burnt-orange color scheme. So regardless of what you spent, to the prospective buyer, that kitchen needs to go. It’s those types of variations—in tastes and expenditures that lead to such variety in cost vs. value.
CHANGE CAN BE COSTLY
Don't DIY, Hire A Pro
You may consider yourself a handyman, able to perform household repairs and minor upgrades. However, you need to trust the major renovations to the pros. This is true for all home remodels that include adding onto an existing home. You will need a professional architect to plan and design the addition. It’s best to hire a professional remodeling contractor to complete the work.Adding on to your home is not the time to pinch pennies and DIY. The additional space you create can quickly turn into a structural engineering nightmare. Without proper planning and execution by trained professionals, an addition may not add anything to your home value. On the contrary, if the construction is not up to code, you will be required to rebuild it before it can sell, costing you even more.
A remodel that is not structurally sound can compromise the structural integrity of the entire house, and cause damage years later. Careful planning can help you avoid creating a nightmare to your home in search of a little space.Finnteriors can help you remodel your bathroom, kitchen and any room in your home. 30 years ago, Kevin Finn founded Finnteriors Construction Services. The company has grown and is still proudly locally owned and operated by Kevin Finn, Finnteriors’ President. Consistent top-quality design, construction, and service has made Finnteriors the most referred remodeling company around St. Louis. Contact Finnteriors to talk about your remodeling ideas today