For homeowners, with the new year comes the burning desire to make changes to your home. A new year means new trends and styles, and there is not a better time to upgrade that January because the holidays have passed, the kids are back in school, and it is way too gold to leave the house. Thanks to the Internet, you can even do most of the remodeling or upgrading yourself due websites with tutorials or amazing deals on products. So ring in the new year by upgrading your home to look fresh for 2015 at an affordable price.
Use of space
If you have a hard time throwing things away, thinking that you might use them again one day, then you are probably also short on space. Space is a valuable thing when it comes to a home, and it is natural to consider adding on to your home when remodeling. Much of the time a home does need additional space, but this can be a costly project that is not necessary. Before knocking down walls, go from room to room de-cluttering valuable space. Once each room is de-cluttered, and you know how much space you have to work with, use products like drawer and closet organizers, bins, and shelves to keep things organized and use the valuable space to its maximum. If you do end up having to add on to your home even after de-cluttering, at least you can rest assured that it was 100% necessary.
Increasing home value
It has been said time and again. If you are remodeling your home, make sure the project increases home value. Believe it or not there are projects that decrease the value. So before you spend the remainder of your Christmas bonus on a new pool for the backyard, make sure a pool will increase the value depending on your location – if you are in southern California, put in the pool! If you are in North Dakota, reconsider the idea. Projects that are sure to raise home value are kitchen and bathroom upgrades, installing new carpet or wood flooring, and updating doors that lead to the exterior of the home as well as windows.
Beware of short-term trends
According to Angie’s List, it is smart for homeowners to stick to a more timeless style when it comes to remodeling or upgrading their home. Too many homeowners make the mistake of jumping into the trendiest of styles only to be disappointed when they have to remodel again in a year because those styles are outdated. Purchase timeless furniture that can be modernized with throw pillows or inexpensive décor. Instead of constructing a theater room that calls for certain electronics, make sure wiring can easily be adjusted to fit the latest technology. Your kids might be old enough to handle a steep staircase now, but someday you will have grandchildren, so make sure your upgrades can continually change to accommodate those living or visiting your home.
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