You’ve looked and looked for the right home for you and your family, weighing all the pros and cons of the properties available in the area where you want to settle down. You know you need to live in an area with a good school system, so that helps you focus on the neighborhood worth considering. Now, it all comes down to what’s affordable for you, and whether you are looking for a house that’s polished and turnkey perfect, with all the latest upgrades, or whether you want to get a place that’s in need of an upgrade, but which will cost you much less. For those who are willing to put in the work, upgrading a home with a carefully planned remodeling effort can be a smart move.
Planning A Remodel
Remodeling a home is a big project, but done well it can greatly improve the value of a home, while keeping the monthly mortgage at a reasonable level. Yes, it does take planning and creativity, but done right it can be a wise use of time and energy, and very gratifying as well. The smart approach is to think through the improvements that must be made, and then make needed cosmetic improvements with an eye towards staying on budget. Free estimates from general contractors can help you get a good sense of what needs to be done, and how it can be accomplished without spending too much.
A cosmetic upgrade would involve painting and plastering walls, replacing flooring and carpeting and drapes and upholstery. A larger upgrade (which might be needed on a real fixer-upper) would involve upgrading the plumbing and pipes, and replacing cabinets and appliances in the kitchen. From there, other upgrades would depend on personal taste and budget concerns.
An experienced contractor can help guide the project successfully and keep costs down. There are several great websites that offer listings of local contractors, and this can be a great resource for finding experienced contractors who can get the job done right. So, explore the listings and arrange a free phone consultation with one who seems the right choice, and then start making plans.
Yes, fixing up a home is a lot of work, but it can be an incredible way to make an ordinary house into a real dream home.