For every homeowner, there’s that moment when the stains on the living room walls and the bedroom carpet and the scratches on the linoleum floor and bathroom tiles all add up to a less than perfect home environment. What to do? Bail out on the house and find something better? Not so fast. The reality is that moving is expensive, and giving up a good neighborhood in order to get a more upscale home is never a good move. The solution? For many homeowners, planning a remodel is the way to give the house a great new look and feel, while also adding to its resale value. Homeowners with equity in their home can often finance a remodel by taking a loan out at low interest. This can be a wise use of funds, as if it is done well, a remodeled home will have a much better resale value down the line.
Planning The Perfect Home Makeover
A great remodel takes some dreaming and then some planning ahead in order to go well. There are great inspirational ideas in home decor magazines and websites that can show the homeowner how certain colors and materials will actually look in a real setting, so that’s a good place to start. Once a plan has been made, it’s time to find an experienced renovation contractor to help with real planning and to oversee the job.
Finding a Contractor
The key is in finding a great contractor. In the past referrals from friends were one way to find a contractor, but this wasn’t a fool proof approach. Today, the good news is that there are numerous online sites that offer listings of reputable contractors, along with references from clients along with past work samples.
Homeowners can review these sites until they find someone who seems a good fit. From there, a phone interview can be arranged and the overall idea for the remodel discussed. If all goes well, an agreement can be drawn up and the real planning can begin.
Why wait for that dream house to appear? Start planning today!